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AGA Offers Volunteer Assistance

Tuesday February 8, 2011

Recognizing that local chapter organizers may feel like the American Go Association is more focused on ranks, large tournaments and funding than small tournaments and club atmosphere, AGA Volunteer Coordinator Nicholas Jhirad says “We also strive to meet chapter personnel needs” that “may be as simple as a coder to develop a club website, a few people to help with outreach, or those vital extra hands at a tournament. If you have an idea for your chapter and you want a few boots on the ground, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate and put you in touch with those resources that we have!” Reach Jhirad at volunteer@usgo.org, which is also where go players interested in volunteering should contact him.

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2011 U.S. Go Congress Registration Launches

Monday January 31, 2011

Registration for the 2011 US Go Congress launched last weekend. The Congress website — where nearly 200 have pre-registered – is now accepting registrations, and a $75 deposit will confirm registration. Pre-registrants have received advanced notification that they may now register, and all others interested in attending the Congress – which runs July 30 – August 7 in Santa Barbara, CA – may also do so as well. “Information on tournaments, events, and room and board prices has also been updated,” reports Congress Co-Director Lisa Scott. “Look for room and board registration later in February!” Information for ensuring the well-being of registered youth (children under 18) is available as well. Email questions about registration to registrar@gocongress.org. “We look forward to seeing you this summer!” adds Scott.

YKNOT Draws Large Online Field

Monday January 31, 2011

Over 20 players remained undefeated after first two rounds of Young Kwon National Online Tournament, held January 22-23 on KGS. Topping the all-time largest AGA online tournament in the 7d+ division are Dae Hyuk Ko, Zhanbo Sun, Jie Liang and Jing Guo. Suo and Sun are first time players in an AGA national event. In other dan and kyu sessions, AGA rookies Tommaso Mason 12k, Tengxiao Yang 6d and Travis Neil 2k have perfect scores thus far. Click here (ngol.us/Downloads) for complete results and Round 3 pairings. YKNOT resumed last weekend on KGS; watch the AGA website (www.usgo.org) for latest updates.

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Tacoma Club Resumes Meetings

Monday January 31, 2011

After a year-long hiatus, the Tacoma Go Club is resuming meetings. The Washington state go club will be hosted by the Tacoma Art Museum’s Workz Cafe on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 11a to 5p. “This new offer allows the TGC to resume meetings in one of the most sought-after venues in Tacoma,” brags local organizer Gordon Castanza. “Come and enjoy the fine art collection of this museum, which includes the world-famous Dale Chihuly glass sculptures.” Free parking is available at the Tacoma Dome Transit Center, from which you catch the fare free Tacoma Link light rail and get off at the Tacoma Art Museum.

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Learning from Ants

Monday January 31, 2011

Could stronger go-playing programs draw their inspiration from ants? A recent article in the Journal of Experimental Biology showed that Argentinian ants were able to solve a maze generated by the Tower of Hanoi mathematical puzzle, working together to optimally find their way to food, and researchers hope that computerized optimization algorithms can adopt the ant’s biological algorithm. Israeli go player Shavit Fragman, in turn, wonders “What can we learn from biological systems to solve the go maze?” Seeking to bridge the gap between the Towers of Hanoi and solving a life and death problem, Shavit offers a challenge to “translate a tsumego into a problem of finding the shortest path in a maze and program an algorithm mimicking the ant’s behavior to find the solution.” Click here to read more about this.

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GO SPOTTING: Summer Wars

Monday January 31, 2011

“Nine and a half minutes into the movie Summer Wars there is a character replaying a game of go,” reports Steve Colburn. “The board is seen again at 53 minutes into the movie. Summer Wars is from the director who made ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.’”

Kissinger on Go and Chinese Strategic Thinking

Monday January 24, 2011

Discussing China on CNN Sunday, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that “One has to understand the Chinese intellectual game, which is what we call go (and) they call weiqi.” Explaining that “it’s a game of strategic encirclement,” Kissinger said that “our intellectual game is chess. Chess is about victory or defeat. Somebody wins.” Kissinger contrasted chess in which “all the pieces are in front of you at all times, so you can calculate your risk” with go, where the pieces “are not all on the board, and your opponent is always capable of introducing new pieces.” Historically, Kissinger said, the Chinese use strategic analysis based on “the go way.” Despite Kissinger’s cogent understanding of the game, CNN mistakenly used video of Chinese Chess to illustrate the segment. Click here to see the interview; the comments about go begin at 7m32s.
Thanks to the many readers who alerted us to this interview.
UPDATE: Noting that “The goal is less victory than persistent strategic progress,”
Kissinger made similar comments in a 2004 Newsweek column. (Thanks to Roy Laird for finding this)

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School Teams Delayed for NJ Open

Monday January 24, 2011

The AGHS School Teams Tourney has been pushed back one week, to avoid the New Jersey Open. The event will now be held on March 5 and 12. Full information, including registration, can be found on the AGHS website.

Canadian Cities Face Off Online

Monday January 24, 2011

Hanxi Zhang has organized a Canadian online super go competition on KGS between top players in Ottawa/Gatineau and Montreal/Quebec City. The next game — round 3 — will be this Wednesday, January 26 at 9p EST, when Yingzhi Chen (Yingzhi) will play Pascal Tremblay (Pasukaru). You can follow the games online on KGS and on Twitter.

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Evanston Players Learn Yang’s “Simple Concepts”

Monday January 24, 2011

Twenty go players ranging from 4 dan to 12 kyu attended the Evanston Go Club’s recent Winter Workshop with Yilun Yang 7P. “Mr. Yang is uniquely able to present concepts that are equally applicable to players of all levels,” reports local organizer Mark Rubenstein. One of the workshop’s highlights was a lecture on the second day. Yang “noticed in the game reviews that most of us were confused about when to make a one-space jump from a stone on or near the side star point, and when not to,” says Rubenstein. “He was able to give us some simple concepts to guide our decision in any situation. That’s the beauty of his teaching methods. Good play comes from understanding what is going on, and being able to answer”brings a deeper understanding of the game than simply memorizing patterns, and makes every move meaningful,” adds Rubenstein, who hosted the 12th annual event. photo by Mark Rubenstein

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