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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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“Surrounding Game” announces student discount

Monday October 30, 2017

Starting this month, students and university clubs are now eligible for a major student discount on screening packs of “The Surrounding Game2017.10.29_SurroundingGame screening pack documentary.

“We want to make it easy and affordable for campus groups to host screenings” says director Will Lockhart. “I think young people will enjoy the film more than anyone, and screening the film is an excellent way to interest new students in Go and Go clubs.” The screening pack includes several copies of the film, posters and flyers, and a custom 9×9 set, “perfect for teaching newcomers after the show,” notes Lockhart.

If you’d like to organize a screening of the film on your campus, check out the screening pack here, or contact the team for more information.

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2016 European Go Yearbook released

Wednesday September 13, 2017

Weighing in at a whopping 576 pages, the 2016 European Go Yearbook has recently been released. The first such Yearbook covers the biggest 2017.09.13_egc-yearbook2016-2and most important go happenings of 2016 in Europe, including: Interviews with newly promoted professionals Artem Kachanovskyi 1p and Antti Törmänen 1p; An extensive catalogue of all the National Championships in Europe, including reports on Main Championships, Women’s Championships and Youth Championships, accompanied by personal interviews with the champions; Reports and photos of major European tournaments and events, such as the 60th Polymetal European Go Congress, the 2nd European Go Grand Slam and the 3rd European Professional Qualification.

The Yearbook also features an in-depth chapter of 80 pages on AlphaGo and the Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Go, with game commentaries by Fan Hui 2p, Gu Li 9p, Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Myungwan Kim 9p. It also includes many game records and commentaries by top European players.

The European Go Yearbook 2016 was compiled and written by Kim Ouweleen 4 dan (right), also known as Murugandi. For a preview of the book, check out these three teasers: 2016 European Professional Qualification TournamentInterview with Antti Törmänen 1pNational Championships: Russia. Complete details on how to order are here.
- Chialing Chan

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ShinKGS brings KGS to all devices

Tuesday August 8, 2017

FullSizeRender (1)Almost since the day the iPhone came out, people have asked about a KGS client for the popular smartphone. An Android client for KGS was published a few years ago but iPhone users were still out in the cold. No longer: this year ShinKGS was developed by a go player who wanted to solve this problem.

IMG_0117.PNGKGS developers have been working on this client on and off for years. Every once in a while they would post on the KGS Google+ page with a status update. Last year they published the API for developers to create their own clients, and since then two have been developed. ShinKGS has received some support from KGS by having it be part of their website.

ShinKGS has been in beta for a few months and the platform has been very stable. It’s also been good enough that the new ownership of KGS has hosted it on their site. Monday at lunch at the Go Congress Todd Heidenreich (right), was able to watch the Masters Round 4, Board 1 battle between Zi Yang Hu 2p and Zirui Tim Song 1p on his iPhone.

Programmer Justin Kramer has open-sourced this project on GitHub and says that he and KGS are always looking for more programmers to help support the client. ShinKGS works well on a phone (left) of course, and is even easier to use on an iPad.

Ilya Kirillov has also been working on a HTML5 client for KGS called GoUniverse. His app can be found in the Google Chrome App Store.
- Steve Colburn

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“Invisible” collects 78 AlphaGo games

Friday August 4, 2017

Ever since AlphaGo burst on the scene in January 2016 when it was revealed that the go AI had defeated European Go Champion and 2017.07.30_invisible-coverChinese professional Fan Hui 2P 5-0 in a secret series, its games have been studied closely by go players around the world. As AlphaGo has established its dominance, defeating Lee Sedol 4-1 last year, amassing an astounding 60-0 record against top pros online this past January and then beating Ke Jie 3-0 in May, a 2017.07.30_antti_t-cropnumber of commentaries have been published, both online and in print. The latest is “Invisible. The Games of AlphaGo,” (click here for a sample) a comprehensive collection of all 78 officially played games by AlphaGo against human opponents, 73 of them with professional commentary in English by Finnish go professional Antti Törmänen 1P and other professionals.

The title of the new book pays tribute to the classic “Invincible,” the collection of games by go master Shusaku, one of the . AlphaGo “has not only dominated the games against human opponents, but has also contributed a lot to the further development of go theory by playing some new josekis and setting new accents in the opening, and – last but not least – also breaking some previously valid iron rules of go theory,” says Tobias Berben of Hebsacker Verlag, which published the book. “You could say the AI has crushed the humans to free their go!”

“Invisible” is available to US customers for 40 Euros including shipping (book rate, uninsured) until the end of August 2017, when paying via Paypal to info@hebsacker-verlag.de; send your shipping address to info@hebsacker-verlag.de.

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