Sun Ruoshi has just released “The Celestial Arsenal,” his English translation of the late Ming dynasty classic “Xianji Wuku.” Originally compiled around 1629, “The Celestial Arsenal” comprises a collection of hundreds of famous games, corner and side josekis, opening and invasion patterns, and over 400 life-and-death problems. Lu Xuanyu, a famous collector of go manuscripts, carefully selected and edited material from several famous go manuals and game records into eight scrolls: Gold, Rock, Silk, Bamboo, Gourd, Earth, Leather and Wood. This translation, however, is on 500 paper pages. The cover features two problems from the book; White to live on each side of the board. The book is available on Amazon and CreateSpace.
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Friday January 1, 2016
Sunday December 27, 2015
The Portland Go Club will host a table at Mochitsuki at PSU on January 31st, the 20th anniversary of the Japanese American New Year celebration. “Last year was a great success and four of us introduced many, many adults and children to go,” reports Peter Freedman. “This is a well-attended event!” Volunteers get free access; email email@example.com.
Corvallis will host their third visit from Janice Kim 3P with a workshop scheduled for February 13 and 14. “The workshop is being aimed at the 9 kyu to 3 dan strength range of the Corvallis Go Club ‘regulars,’ many of whom you will be familiar with from the annual Lewis & Clark tournaments, as well as participation on Braindog,” reports Bob O’Malley. For details and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday December 26, 2015
With the New Year fast approaching, online go classes are starting new sessions:
Guo Juan’s Internet Go School’s online group class starts on January 9th. “Meet friends, have fun and learn much from pro teachers,” says Go Juan 5P. Pro teachers include Guo, YoungSun Yoon 8P, Jennie Shen 2P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P. Cost is 135 euros for 8 x 1,5h classes and seven weeks full access to the school’s pro lecture site and the training system.
Inseong Hwang’s new season — the 14th — of his online go academy ‘Yunguseng Dojang’ starts on January 4. The American Yunguseng dojang has been going to two years. It started with three leagues and 20 people and has now increased to seven leagues and 50 participants, with members from AGA 7dan to 12 kyu. “I attended this year’s US Go Congress,” says Hwang. Check out the Yunguseng Doajng Youtube channel.
Friday December 25, 2015
Go Books from SmartGo has just added two books for a total of 108 digital go books.
“An Encyclopedia of Go Principles” by Richard Bozulich is volume 9 in “Mastering the Basics”. It brings together all the strategic and tactical principles of go. As discussed in Bozulich’s essay “The Interplay of Intuition and Brute-Force Analysis in Go,” these principles combined with knowledge of tesuji are what all go players need to develop their intuitions about go.
“Just Enough Japanese, Volume Two: Intermediate Level Practical Japanese for Go Players” by Richard Hunter guides you from knowing zero Japanese to understanding the text of go problems and their answers, and extracting key information from game records. Volume Two methodically introduces vocabulary found on book covers and in headers, captions, and diagrams. It is aimed at go players of all abilities with a fairly wide range of interest in Japanese.
In addition, “The Games of Fujisawa Shuko” by John Power was originally converted to digital form before Go Books supported inline diagrams. Richard Hunter has updated the book with inline diagrams, “making a great book even better,” says Anders Kierulf. As always, improvements like this are a free update if you already have the book.
You can access Go Books on iPad, iPhone, and Macintosh via a free app, with a free chapter for each book, and the full books are available using in-app purchase or directly on the web.
Sunday December 13, 2015
Saturday December 5, 2015
Myungwan Kim 9P is launching a weekly go class in Pasadena, California. A continuation of the Acadia Go Center Saturday class, the target level is players from 7 kyu to 4 dan. Lectures will include participant game reviews, dan level game reviews, pro game analysis, openings and more.
The class will be held most Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, at Reiyukai America in Pasadena (Yu Go Club meeting place), 20 N Raymond Ave, Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91103. Fee: $30 per session. Reiyukai membership ($3/month) is required and is not included in the lecture fee. Class size is limited to 10, and monthly members have priority. Reserve your place by emailing email@example.com. Just showing up does not guarantee seats.
The series began on December 5 and continues on December 12 and 19. The January schedule will be announced soon. You can also check out Kim’s live commentaries here.
Saturday November 28, 2015
A new consultation game go server, ConGo launched recently and has already attracted nearly 900 players to the Massively Multiplayer Consultation Go Server. “The idea of this experiment is that we wanted to get as many people as possible to focus on the direction of one game,” says creator Jay Chan. “The hope is that we’ll create a high quality game that weaker players can learn from, and stronger players can debate on.” As of November 10 the game was on move 46 with over 2000 votes cast by about 100 active players. “The server itself is still under constant development, with the last major feature being a chat,” Chan tells the E-Journal. “Jiang MingJiu 7P has agreed to review this game.”
Tuesday November 10, 2015
Kiseido has just released “Mastering the Basics, Volume Nine, An Encyclopedia of Go Principles,” by Richard Bozulich. Bozulich’s purpose is nothing less than “bring(ing) together all the strategic and tactical principles of go,” collecting 100 principles, supplemented with examples. Kiseido has also posted fascinating essays by Bozulich, like “Einstein and Go,” the story of Edward Lasker’s attempt to interest Albert Einstein in go. While you’re at Kiseido’s site, check out their go equipment site as well as their “Luxury Go Equipment Bargains“.
Sunday October 18, 2015
E-Journal Archives: “Are old ejournal email attachments available in an archival area?” wonders Richard Solberg. “I am interested in looking at some of these in my studies.”
The general EJ archives are in two locations: the 2008-2015 archive is here, while older E-Journals — 2004-2008 — are here. Neither archive includes member’s edition content.
Sunday September 27, 2015
An artificial intelligence machine called Giraffe that has taught itself to play chess by evaluating positions much more like humans and in an entirely different way to conventional chess engines may well be the future of AI, according to a recent report in the MIT Technology Review. “Straight out of the box, the new machine plays at the same level as the best conventional chess engines, many of which have been fine-tuned over many years,” the report says. The technology behind the new machine — developed by Matthew Lai (left) at Imperial College London –is a neural network that consists of several layers of nodes that are connected in a way that change as the system is trained. “Lai says it should be straightforward to apply the same approach to other games,” the report concludes. “One that stands out is the traditional Chinese game of Go, where humans still hold an impressive advantage over their silicon competitors. Perhaps Lai could have a crack at that next.”
Thanks to Fred D. Baldwin for passing this along.