American Go E-Journal

AGA Election Update: Khalsa & Zhang re-nominated; no nominees yet for Central or Western Regions

Monday May 23, 2016

Eastern and At-Large board members Gurujeet Khalsa and Ed Zhang have been nominated to retain their seats while Bob Gilman has said he will not run to retain his central region seat. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the region in which the member resides or nationwide for the At-Large seat and must be received by June 15. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

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Wall Wins Bracknell

Monday May 23, 2016

Alistair Wall (2d Wanstead) won all his games to win the 38th Bracknell, the first time he has won the event. He beat 2016.05.24_wall-wins-bracknellChristian Scarff, Jim Clare and last year’s winner Des Cann. Also winning all three were Eric Hall (5k Swindon) and John Cassidy (8k Belgium). Among the 26 players taking part were Be Gei’s two very young daughters, playing their first game not among the family. Bournemouth won the team prize. As usual there was the fun selection of side events set by organiser Ian Marsh. The 13×13 was easy to judge as nobody entered and the Go puzzle competition was won by Peter Collins, the only player brave enough to enter. The caption competition was won by Neil Cleverly, Paul Barnard was best at paper folding and Tony Atkins made the best jumping frog.
- British Go Association website

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The Power Report: Globis Cup report & commentary

Sunday May 22, 2016

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal2016.05.22_globis-diagrams

A report on this year’s Globis Cup appeared earlier this month in the E-Journal (China’s Li wins 3rd Globis Cup  5/9). Here is a commentary on the final, based on Go Weekly and the live commentary by O Meien 9P (click on link below)This year the finalists were Li Qincheng 1P of China (aged 17) and Kyo Kagen (also known as Hsu Chiayuan or Xu Jiayuan) 3P of Japan (aged 18). In the nigiri, Li drew black. Playing conditions are the NHK format (30 seconds per move plus ten minutes). As last time, O was assisted by Mannami Nao 2P.

This tournament was founded to give young Japanese players more experience against top-level competition. In China and Korea, it’s not unusual for a teenager to be winning top titles. The best example of that is Ke Jie 9P of China. He is still only 18 (he turns 19 on August 2), but he has already won three international titles. So far, no teenager in Japan has won a top domestic title; the biggest prodigy, of course, has been Iyama Yuta, who started winning titles when he was 16, but he did not win a top-seven title, the Meijin, until he had turned 20. Why the difference? In my view, the explanation is simple: the Korean and Chinese players come out of a much bigger pool, because of the much greater popularity of go among young people in these countries.

2016.05.22_Globis3_final-commentary

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Maryland and Virginia Square Off in Team Relay Game May 26

Sunday May 22, 2016

Teams from Virginia and Maryland will face off on Thursday, May 26 as Edward Zhang 6d and the Capital Go Club host a2016.05.21_Team Relay Go Team Relay go event and a simul with Qiao Shiyao 1P in McLean, VA. “Team Relay Go features excitement, suspense, substitutions, timeouts and coaching,” Zhang says. “Let’s learn together!” The evening begins at 6:30p with a simul with Qiao Shiyao 1P, who took second place in the 2004 National Women Go Individual Competition, first in the 2008 Ing Cup University Championship and was a special envoy and teacher for thef Chinese Go Association at the 2010 US Go Congress. Each Team needs 6-8 players and 1-2 coaches. Sign up FREE today at agatd1@gmail.com with name and strength. The simul teaching game is free, first come first serve, AGA membership required. Event location: 2010 Corporate Ridge, Ste 700, McLean VA.
photo: Team Relay Go, Team Europe, 2013. Photo: Sohu Sports

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Want to Host a Go Congress?

Sunday May 22, 2016

With this year’s US Go Congress in Boston on track to be the largest-ever, American Go Association president Andy Okun 2016.05.21_2015-go-congress-DSC_0035wants to hear from communities that would like to put on a Congress in the coming years. “We are trying to fix a venue for a California Congress in 2017, but we need to look further ahead, or possibly consider returning to one or two of our successful Congress sites from the past.” Interested chapters should contact Okun at president@usgo.org; a future Congress organizers meeting will be held in Boston as well.

photo: at the 2015 US Go Congress in Minneapolis/St Paul; photo by Chris Garlock 

US Go Congress Announces More Professionals & Topics

Sunday May 22, 2016

More pros and their lecture topics have just been announced for this year’s US Go Congress, set for July 30- August 7 in 2016.05.22_pro-collageBoston, MA.

Feng Yun 9P will talk about: “Invading,” Jennie Shen 2P will co-host with Myungwan Kim 9P, and they will have a joint session on “AlphaGo 5 games summarized commentary” and William Shi 1P will talk about “Star point josekies and recent developments (strong kyu to weak dan)” and “Avalanche Opening Joseki (lower dan and up)”

Click here for details and to register.

UCLA wins CGL Season Five Championship

Saturday May 21, 2016

UCLA triumphed earlier this month in the Collegiate Go League (CGL) Season Five Championships, defeating U Toronto to 2016.05.21_ACGA Finals Coverage w Professional William Shiclaim first place. The winners took home $250 to spend on their club. Although UCLA was unable to overcome Ryan Li 1P on Toronto’s first board, their second and third boards won the day. Cornell University took third place.

YouTube commentary on the final was provided by Gansheng Shi 1P and Michael Gallucci.

Go Photos: DC Sakura Matsuri

Saturday May 21, 2016

At the National Cherry Blossom Festival Sakura Matsuri on April 16. DC area go club volunteers have supported the Sakura 2016.05.21_dc-cherry-blossom-collageMatsuri Go Workshop every year since 1998.
- report/photos by John Goon; collage by Chris Garlock

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Eric Zhang’s beautiful sweep in North Carolina

Saturday May 21, 2016

Eric Zhang 5d swept all four games to win the at the 2016 North Carolina Spring Go tournament “on a beautiful Sunday,” 2016.05.21-NC-tourneyreports Tournament Director Jeff Kuang. A total of 28 players turned out May 15 to enjoy the competition.
Here are the tournament results. Open section: Eric Zhang 5d (4-0), Brian Wu 1d (3-1). 1-7kyu: Daniel Evan 1k (3-1), Adam Bridges 3k (3-1), Bob Bacon 6k (3-1). 8-12kyu: S. Y. Teague 8k (3-0), Alex Kuang 10k (3-1). 14kyu and up: Justin Su 21k (3-1), Ganning Xu 15k (2-1), John Schollenberger 14k (2-2).
photo: Ellen Zeng 10k and William Daland 8k concentrate

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AlphaGo Updates: What the AI Behind AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Being Human; A glimpse inside AlphaGo? Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo Game 1 Go Commentary; Lee Sedol overtaxed?

Saturday May 21, 2016

What the AI Behind AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Being Human: AJA HUANG DIPS his hand into a wooden2016.05.21_alphago_2-660x495 bowl of polished black stones and, without looking, thumbs one between his middle and index finger. Peering through wire-rim glasses, he places the black stone on the board, in a mostly empty zone, just below and to the left of a single white stone. In Go parlance it is a “shoulder hit,” in from the side, far away from most of the game’s other action. Across the table, Lee Sedol, the best Go player of the past decade, freezes. He looks at the 37 stones fanned out across the board, then stands up and leaves…Read the rest of Cade Metz’ report in Wired. photo by Geordie Wood

A glimpse inside AlphaGo? “Here’s a picture of the machine 2016.05.21_Tensor Processing UnitGoogle used in the match against Lee Sedol,” writes Steven Schmeiser. “It turns out that they were using custom designed chips that are optimized for machine learning.”
Google supercharges machine learning tasks with TPU custom chip

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo – Game 1: If there’s any recent game that needs no introduction, it’s this one. On March 9, 2016, the computer Go program ‘AlphaGo’ defeated Lee Sedol 9p in the first game of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match. Go Game Guru’s Youngil An takes a look at the game.

Lee Sedol overtaxed? In a related story, Gordan Castanza reports that “I just learned from KBS News (Korean Broadcast System) this morning that Lee Sedol has left the Korean Baduk Association over the issue of its imposing a 20% ‘tax’ on him.” Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Categories: Computer Go/AI
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