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Myungwan Kim 9P Launches Weekly Go Class in Pasadena

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 2015.12.05_MyungwanKimtarget 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 bigtory@gmail.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.

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New Multiplayer Consultation Go Server Launches

Saturday November 28, 2015

A new consultation game go server, ConGo launched recently and has already attracted nearly 900 players to the Massively Multiplayer 2015.11.28_Go-ConConsultation 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.”

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Bozulich Brings It All Together in New “Encyclopedia of Go Principles”

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 2015.11.09_Boz-encyclopedianothing 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“.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Go Book Found; E-Journal Archives

Sunday October 18, 2015

Go Book Found: In response to a recent query, Richard Bozulich writes that “The book this gentleman is most likely saw was The Go Player’s 2015.10.18_go-players-almanacAlmanac 2001published by Kiseido.

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.

 

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Can Giraffe Crack Go?

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 2015.09.27_computer-chessentirely different way to conventional chess engines may well be the future of AI, according 2015.09.27_MatthewLaito 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.

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Second Volume of Yuan Zhou’s “Deep Thought: Extremely Thoroughly Commented Pro Games” Released

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Responding to popular demand, Slate and Shell has just published a second volume of “Deep Thought: Extremely Thoroughly Commented Pro 2015.09.13_DeepThought-coverGames,” by popular author Yuan Zhou. It contains three games with virtually every move explained and almost every diagram showing only one new move. “Unlike normal problem books, the ‘problems’ here are not limited to local situations,” says Slate and Shell publisher Bill Cobb. “You must always keep in mind the whole board. Read this way, the books provide an excellent study of opening, middle game, life and death, and endgame problems, considered in terms of what is going on elsewhere in the game.” Sample pages can be seen on the web site. Available now at a special introductory price.

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Guo Juan 5P’s Online Group Class Starts This Week

Sunday September 13, 2015

There’s still time to sign up for Guo Juan 5P’s online group class, which starts on September 19. The 135 euro fee cover eight 90-minute classes and seven weeks of full access to Guo’s pro lecture site and training system. “Meet friends, have fun and learn from pro teachers,” says Guo. In addition to Guo, teachers include YoungSun Yoon 8P, Jennie Shen 2P and Mingjiu Jiang 7P.

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Yutopian Offers Extra 10% Discount; Two New Bozulich Essays at Kiseido

Thursday August 27, 2015

Yutopian Offers Extra 10% Discount: Buy two go books at Yutopian and, in addition to existing discounts, get an extra 10% off with free U.S. shipping (offer only good for shipping to US addresses). Yutopian has an extensive 2015.08.22_yutopian-yangcollection of go books, from Nie Weiping on GoArt of Capturing Stones, Yilun Yang’s Ingenious Life & Death Puzzles (Volumes 1 & 2) and more.
Two New Bozulich Essays at Kiseido: Kiseido has just uploaded two new essays on go by Richard Bozulich. The first essay, “Increasing your Concentration and Powers of Analysis through Visualization” explains how solving life-and-death problems by memorizing the position, then solving the problem in your head, is an efficient way to improve your analytical abilities. The second essay, “Microgo,” introduces a variant of the go rules that makes play on boards with grids as small as 2×2 possible.
Update (8/30): Yutopian was not able to add the special sale on their order form, so the discount will apply after they confirm your order.
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Brugo Joseki App Returns

Thursday August 20, 2015

Brugo is back. After being down for some months, the joseki app — for iPad only — has returned to the appstore; click here for a direct link.2015.08.01_brugo

Brugo provides a collection of more than 10,000 joseki moves from the Brugo joseki website.

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Ishi Press Archives Releases 4 More Classics

Thursday June 25, 2015

Ishi Press Archives recently announced the release of a second group of four out-of-print Ishi Press go books. The reprints are available through2015.06.25_great-joseki-debates Amazon and include The Great Joseki Debates by Honda Kunihisa, The 3-3 point: Modern Opening Theory by by Cho Chikun, All About Life and Death Vol. 1 by Cho Chikun and All About Life and Death Vol. 2 by Cho Chikun.

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