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Nick Sibicky records 300th YouTube go lecture

Sunday May 27, 2018

Nick Sibicky celebrated his 300th recorded go lecture by playing Andrew Jackson in front of 25 go fans at the Seattle Go Sibicky 300 with crowdCenter on May 21.  Pizza for the jovial crowd was provided by the AGA Chapter Rewards program.  Mr. Sibicky’s first 299 lectures have already been posted at his YouTube pageSibicky 300 with Andrew Go fans who want to attend a free live lecture this summer should come to the Seattle Go center on a Monday evening in June, at 6:30 p.m.  Sibicky will not be lecturing in July or August at the center, but he will be going to the U.S. Go Congress.  “The go community is the most fantastic group of people in the world and I am so happy to be a part of it!” he said. “Thanks to all, see you in Williamsburg!”
- report and photos by Brian Allen

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S&S news: “Rethinking Opening Strategy” #1 new release; Iwamoto classic returns

Thursday March 8, 2018

Slate & Shell’s new book, “Rethinking Opening Strategy: AlphaGo’s Impact on Pro Play” by Yuan Zhou, was recently the number2018.03.03_rethinking-opening-strategy one new release in board games on Amazon, reports publisher Bill Cobb. “It is selling like hot 2018.03.03_invasion-iwamotocakes” Cobb tells the E-Journal.

In other Slate and Shell news, Iwamoto Kaoru’s classic book “Invasion in Common Go Positions,” is available again. This book was originally published as part of “Keshi and Uchikomi: Reduction and Invasion in Go.” After substantial revision, the “Keshi” section was republished as “Invasions.” This definitive work analyzes both how to invade common situations in go games and how to defend against such invasions. “These are normal situations that regularly occur, making the discussion useful in everyday play,” says Cobb.

 

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OpenStudyRoom passes 500-user mark

Sunday March 4, 2018

The OpenStudyRoom (OSR), an online community with a focus on playing, studying and teaching go, now has over 500 users. 2018.03.03_OpenStudyRoomFirst created in February 2017, the community features study lectures, events and league games on a weekly basis. OSR is currently partnered with Guo Juan’s InternetGoSchool, Shawn’s Go Group, Explore Baduk and Alexandre Dinerchtein’s go school.

“It’s a group filled with heart,” writes Angie Scheeler. “Not only do they charge nothing, they also give prizes away to the participants. It’s a testament that go is not dead even after artificial intelligence has changed the playing field.”

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Yuan Zhou’s new book on impact of AlphaGo on pro play

Friday January 12, 2018

Slate & Shell has just brought out a new book by Yuan Zhou, “Rethinking Opening Strategy: The Impact of AlphaGo on Pro 2018.01.07_yuan-zhou-bookPlay”. Zhou discusses several new moves introduced by AlphaGo that professionals are using in important games. He explains the moves and several recent games where they have been used by top players.

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2017 American Go Yearbook set to release on January 1

Thursday December 28, 2017

The annual American Go Yearbook is the perfect holiday gift to yourself or your favorite go player and all you have to do is join 2017.12.28_2017Yearbookthe American Go Association!

The online compilation of all the Member’s Edition material published in the E-Journal during the year, the Yearbook enables you to quickly find the material you’re looking for on a month-by-month list. Once selected, game records or PDFs open up quickly and easily for your review or download. 2017.12.17_ag-ag-zero-master-4The Yearbook collection also includes bonus files not originally included in the E-Journal. As a special bonus in the 2017 edition, we’ve bundled all of Michael Redmond’s game commentaries on the amazing AlphaGo games released this year.

The Yearbook will be released on January 1 so join now and get your year off to a great start! The Yearbook also brings together previously-published Special Edition reports on events like the US Go Congress, the World Amateur Go Championship and the Cotsen with other features – also previously released – such as the Member’s Edition Collection Of Games, Commentaries & More, The Year in Headlines, Games & Commentaries, Instruction, The Go Player’s Guide to the World, Go Spotting and Youth reports.

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Mark Lee joins faculty for Yunguseng Dojang’s 20th season on KGS

Wednesday December 27, 2017

Registration is now open here for the upcoming 20th season of the American Yunguseng Dojang, In-seong Hwang’s on-line go 2017.12.27_mark-leeschool on KGS. Mark Lee (right), AGA 7d who this year won the Cotsen Tournament for the 3rd consecutive time, will join the faculty as one of the reviewers of students’ games. The season will run from January 2 to March 23, 2018.

The American Yunguseng Dojang has been running successfully for four years. Main teacher and founder In-seong Hwang, 8 dan from South-Korea, is the No.1 rated player in Europe and national go teacher of France and Switzerland.

In the just-completed season, 54 students competed in nine six player leagues. As of December 22, there are 40 players
out of 54 maximum registered for League play in the 20th season. Strengths range from 7d to 12k. Additionally there are 15 registered as spectators.

League players receive: 15 reviews (5 each month) of the games they play; 9 lectures (3 each month) on various aspects of the game of go, each one thoroughly illustrated by the analysis of example positions. Game reviews and lectures occur live on KGS and afterwards are added to the video library on the Yunguseng web site. The library now contains over 200 lectures besides the game reviews; a personal page for League players listing their games and with links to their game reviews; after the season, a personal go report commenting on your style of play.

Spectators receive access to the Yunguseng room on KGS where they can watch games, reviews, and lectures live and access to the library of lectures and game reviews on the web site.

You can find full information and register for the 20th season on the Yunguseng website here. Once you register, you receive full access to the video library on the web.
- Robert Gilman

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Go miscellany Year End Edition (bonus)

Thursday December 14, 2017

Being a collection of interesting items – in no particular order – that have landed in our in-box in recent months but never made it into the E-Journal.

New adds to Kiseido’s year-end sale: Kiseido has added a few more items to their year-end sale of go books and go2017.12.14-stop-go-murder equipment, including the 2018 Ukiyo-e Calendar , shell & slate go stones, a new original ukiyo-e print and of course go books.

Stop, Go Murder: A story about murder, the game of go, and the role of happenstance in shaping our lives. Introduces Steven Crane, a homicide detective who has come to see his life, including his current case, as a deceiving game of go. A first novel  — available on Amazon — from Paul Freeman, the former mayor of Laguna Beach, CA, who is available for book signings and other go club functions: call Ken Levine at (818) 414-6002. Bulk club discounts are available.

 

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Former Seattle Go Center manager launches antique go equipment site

Monday November 20, 2017

Bill Camp, former Manager at the Seattle Go Center, has surfaced in the world go community four years after moving to Australia. With his wife,2017.11.11-bill-camp-goban 2017.11.11-bill-camp-stonesMarian, he recently launched kimonoquilt.com, which offers refurbished antique gobans, stones, bowls and other go accessories, along with quilts Marian makes “from fabric used and loved and worn in another life.” Like the quilts, the go equipment merges old and new, as Camp uses his experience with fine woodworking to bring antique go equipment back to life.

“Renovating, repairing, sanding, re-printing, oiling and polishing has taken many months of detailed devotion,” says Camp. “Transformed from the years sitting in storage, the stains and dirt removed, each surface carefully and lovingly tended to, these bowls and boards once again approach their original condition.”

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Two Slate & Shell books back in print

Saturday November 11, 2017

After a short hiatus, two of Slate & Shell’s books have returned to print. Yilun Yang’s clear presentation of basic guidelines for how to find the2017.11.11_fundamental-yang 2017.11.11_masterplay-zhoucorrect play in many common situations has made “Fundamental Principles of Go” an extremely popular book. Yuan Zhou analyzes three of Iyama Yuta’s games in “MasterPlay: The Style of Iyama Yuta.” has dominated the Japanese pro scene in a way no other pro ever has; he leans toward a territorial style but also has excellent fighting skills and Zhou show many illuminating ideas in his analysis.

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Kiseido Holiday Season Sale

Wednesday November 8, 2017

Kiseido is having a holiday season sale, writes Richard Bozulich, with discounts on go books, go boards, and Japanese prints. Shop between now2017.11.07 Yurugi Motoharu and January 6, 2018 for a 10% discount on orders of 4 books or more, or a 15% discount on orders of at least 10 books. Both book offers include free shipping. The company is also offering a selection of Japanese prints (ukiyo-e) on go themes, suitable for framing. Players looking for a top-quality go board with legs may be pleased to find Kiseido’s tenchimasa Kaya board for sale now at about 13% of the regular price.
For more information, visit the company’s new website.
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