American Go E-Journal

The Shanghai Restoration Project’s “AlphaGo” single

Sunday January 14, 2018

The advent of AlphaGo has inspired…well, many things. Chief among them, of course, is self-reflection among serious go players:2018.01.11_Alpha Go-SRP What is it like to be superseded by artificial intelligence? Conversely, what can AlphaGo teach us about being human? Google’s AI inspired a movie, a belief that future health care will be better, endless cartoons and the belief that soon Al will be able to create knowledge itself. But music? It seems so. The Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP), a contemporary electronic music duo of Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan, recently dropped their new album R.U.R., with a single entitled “Alpha Go.” The group tells the E-Journal that R.U.R. explores a world in where robots have supplanted the extinct human civilization that predated them. ‘Alpha Go,’ the musicians say, is both “a tribute and an elegy” to Ke Jie’s defeat by the Google AI; it mixes in human elements with decidedly artificial ones. The tune is an airy, abstract melody. It’s evenly paced but turns on a dime, delivered by Yunfan ‘s vocals, which are digitally manipulated. Both musicians played go growing up, with Ms. Sun playing briefly for her school team. The cover art for the album is currently on display at NYC’s Society Of Illustrators until Jan 27 as part of the Illustrators 60 exhibition. “Alpha Go” can be listened to on YouTube or the SRP website.
Charles “Doc” Sade, with thanks to Santana Afton for the tip

2018 Australian Go Congress set for September

Saturday January 13, 2018

For those making 2018 go travel plans, our friends Down Under have just launched the 2018 Australian Go Congress2018.01.07-australia-congress website and Facebook page. The Congress will be held at the University of Sydney, Australia between September 27th and 30th 2018. “Please note some details are yet to be finalized but the rooms are booked, we have at least two pro teachers and we already have registrations,” report Congress organizers.

 

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Yuan Zhou’s new book on impact of AlphaGo on pro play

Friday January 12, 2018

Slate & Shell has just brought out a new book by Yuan Zhou, “Rethinking Opening Strategy: The Impact of AlphaGo on Pro 2018.01.07_yuan-zhou-bookPlay”. Zhou discusses several new moves introduced by AlphaGo that professionals are using in important games. He explains the moves and several recent games where they have been used by top players.

Yi Wang wins Zheng Youth Tournament

Thursday January 11, 2018

Dozens of young go players turned out last Sunday, January 7, to contest the Second Zheng Youth Tournament in Irvine, 2018.01.11_Zheng Youth Tournament-kidsCalifornia. The venue is located on the second floor of a bowling alley, next door to an amusement park featuring miniature golf, Go Karts racing, bumper boats and a rock climbing wall, the perfect place for kids and adults after go activities.
The four-round AGA rated handicapped event was sponsored by Jingwei Zheng. Fourteen-year-old Yi Wang 6D (below, left), of San Diego, won the top section. 2018.01.11_Zheng Youth Tournament-Yi WangHe is a seasoned tournament player with 7 to 8 years of playing experience.

One of the goals of this southern California tournament was to encourage young beginning go players to enter tournament competition and gain experience. The youngest player in the event was five-year-old Eric Yang 30K and several other 30K players participated. This youth tournament is part of the Zheng Go Tournament. The main event, the 5th Zheng Go Tournament, will be held March 3-4, also in Irvine.

The group leaders were:
Dan Section: First place: Yi Wang 6D; Second place: Seowoo Wang 2D.
Kyu Section One: First Place: Barnett Yang 4K; Second Place: Zongli Huang 11K; Third place: Xiang Cai 18K.
Kyu Section Two: First Place: Tony Yang 30K; Second Place: Ziyu Xia 33K.

- includes reporting by Yixian Zhou and Kevin Chao, edited by Ted Terpstra

Go events in Japan this summer

Thursday January 11, 2018

The dates have been set for the third annual Go Congress in Japan, as well as Osaka Go Camp 2018, reports Ryo Maeda 6p of 2018.01.10_japan-go-congress-17the Kansai-Kiin. Maeda has been a popular lecturer at the last eighteen U.S. Go Congresses.
The camp, held from June 24th through July 12th, 2018, will feature morning league games, with English instruction taught by professionals in the afternoons. Outside of the classroom, sightseeing opportunities include trips to downtown Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and a two-day trip to Okayama. Friendship events with go players from Okayama and Kansai will be held on Fridays.
The 3rd Japan Go Congress will be held in Takarazuka, immediately following the Osaka go camp, from July 13th through July 16th. The event features a number of tournaments, as well as a go symposium, game reviews, and simultaneous games with Japanese pros.
If you’re a go fan, interested in seeing Japan, be sure to check out this website, which features information about both events. “I promise that everyone can improve quite a lot through the camp and the congress and will have a lot of fun,” says Maeda. “We are looking forward to seeing you in Osaka and Takarazuka!” The cities are only eleven miles apart.
photo: at the 2017 Japan Go Congress
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Go Spotting: Yoshida Kenkō

Thursday January 11, 2018

Fred Baldwin found this on a Twitter feed. Yoshida Kenkō  was a Japanese author and Buddhist monk. His most famous work is2018.01.07_Yoshida Kenkō-quote Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness), one of the most studied works of medieval Japanese literature. Kenko wrote during the Muromachi and Kamakura periods.

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S. Korean drama “Reply 1988” sparks interest in baduk

Wednesday January 10, 2018

Baduk is experiencing heightened popularity in Turkey, especially among female players, thanks to the South Korean television2018.01.08_Turkey-Korean-Culture-Center 2018.01.07_Park_Bo-gum_for_Cupban_Hetban_1series ‘Reply 1988′ in which Park Bo-gum (left) features as “A genius go player who is mostly quiet and struggles with simple day-to-day tasks.” The popular show has led to an increase in ‘Hallyu’ fans who are interested in the game,” according to the  Turkish Go Players Association. Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, refers to the popularity of South Korean musical acts, tv shows, movies and other cultural products worldwide. Read more here.

photo (r): Korean Cultural Center in Turkey

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Go Spotting: “The Memory Palace of Mateo Ricci”

Wednesday January 10, 2018

“The Memory Palace of Mateo Ricci” includes a reference to a European coming across go in China, reports Jose Santiago. 2018.01.07_The Memory Palace of Mateo Ricci On page 157 of Jonathan D Spencer’s book (Penguin Books, 1984 ed.), is a section describing a memory method used by the Jesuits and previously by Greek and Roman scholars referred to as Memory Palaces:

“Hortensius recalled every price of every item sold at auction, while Chen Jian recalled each detail of his accounting books and the produce of his looms. Scaevola, riding back to his home in the country, could replay in his head every move of the pieces in the board game he had lost, while Wang Can could do the same with the game of Chinese checkers (weiqi) where he had been only a spectator.”

“I recall my friend Victor Chow 5p being able to recall five games he played simultaneously in Oxford,” Santiago adds. “I can do about 50 moves with difficulty!”

 

 

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Suggestions and Feedback Wanted for AGHS Events

Tuesday January 9, 2018

aghs logo“Attention youth players, The American Go Honor Society (AGHS) wants your opinion,” says Promotion Head Gabby Su. “In order to make plans for this upcoming year, we have created a survey to gauge your interest in participating in events such as a youth go league or an international friendship match. Feel free to also suggest your own.” If you want to receive updates from the AGHS about upcoming events, please include your email on the form to be added to a mailing list. Click here to fill out the form. - Lionel Zhang, Youth Liaison

 

Pasadena Go Club: A Strong Opening

Tuesday January 9, 2018

The first meeting of the Pasadena Go Club on Sunday, January 7 was well attended with eight people showing up with ranks 2018.01.09-pasadena-clubranging from 15k to 7d. “Mark Lee 7d is planning on attending as much as possible, and helping attendees get stronger,” reports Kevin Hwang (at right in photo). “There is also a good spread of kyu ranked players looking for games.” The club plans to continue meeting weekly on Sundays from 12-4p at the Whole Foods in Pasadena (465 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105). Look for the club in the public area on the first floor. Parking is free and boards will be provided, although visitors are encouraged to bring their own sets. For more information, you can e-mail pasadenago@gmail.com
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