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Mexico tapped to host first Latin American Go Congress

Wednesday April 19, 2017

logo-amgoMexico has been chosen as the host country for this year’s Ibero American Go Championship (CIG) the biggest go event in Latin American.  “Last year we launched the first Pandanet Go Latin American Team Championship (PGLATC) a 10-team league with teams formed of the top players of each participating country” reports Mexican Go Association’s president Emil García. The agreement with Pandanet is that the top two teams at the end of the league will get the chance to play an over the board final  at the CIG in Mexico- with travel expenses sponsored by Pandanet.  More information about the league can be found here.  “Our idea  is to make this a Latin American Go Congress, run both the CIG and the PGLATC final plus some activities with pro players for the participants, in the fashion of the US Go Congress or the European Go Congress,” adds García.

The event is planned to take place in Cancun, Mexico on October 13th-15th, 2017.  More information will be available soon on the Mexican Go Association’s new website.
- Siddhartha Avila, Latin American Correspondent for the E-Journal.

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The Power Report: Ichiriki wins 2016 Grand Champion tournament; Yo fights back in Judan title match; FineArt wins computer go tournament

Tuesday April 18, 2017

by John Power, Japan Correspondent for the E-Journal

Ichiriki wins 2016 Grand Champion tournament: The Grand Champion tournament is a special Tournament for2017.04.18_Ichiriki wins Championship the winners of the previous year’s titles, including the minor ones. Previously, it was known as the Go Tournaments Title Winners Tournament, but the name was changed this year (the fourth term). Actually, the full name is the Minister for Foreign Affairs Cup Minister for Education and Science’s Prize 2016 Grand Champion Tournament. Fifteen players took part, with the format being an irregular knock-out (some players were seeded into later rounds).
The semifinals and finals were held at the Nihon Ki-in headquarters in Ichigaya on March 18. In the semifinals, which started at 10 a.m.,Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Iyama Yuta by resignation after 236 moves and Ichiriki Ryo 7P (W) beat Kono Rin 9P by 7.5 points. The final was played in the afternoon on the stage in the large hall on the second floor of the Ki-in. It was a “public” game, which means that on the same stage Takemiya Masaki 9P and Yoshihara Yukari 6P gave a commentary, using a large demonstration board.  Playing black, Ichiriki won by resignation after 251 moves. First prize is two million yen.
Just to mention one noteworthy result from the first round, Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Honinbo, beat Takao Shinji Meijin (she lost to Kono in the next round).

Yo fights back in Judan title match: Yo Seiki (Yu Zhengqi) 7P made a bad start in the 55th Judan title match, losing the first game to Iyama Judan on March 7. There was a gap of over three weeks before the second game, played in a pavilion at the Usa Shrine in Usa City, Oita Prefecture, on March 30. The game was plunged almost immediately into fierce fighting that spilled all over the board. 2017.04.18_Judan3 Yo (right)Taking white, Iyama (left) completely outplayed Yo (right) and forced a resignation after 160 moves. At this point, it looked as if the match might be a repeat of the previous one between these two, the 64th Oza last year, which Iyama took with straight wins.
The third game was played at the Kuroyon Royal Hotel in Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture, on April 6. Yo (W) beat Iyama by resignation after 204 moves. In their tenth game, Yo finally picked up his first win against Iyama and also his first title-match win. Yo probably gained a lot of confidence from this game;  it featured furious fighting all the way, and he managed to outfight Iyama. The next game will be played on April 21.

FineArt wins computer go tournament: The UEC Cup Computer Go Tournament was held on the campus of the University of Electro- Communications on March 18 and 19, with 29 programs from six countries competing. The final was fought between two programs of top professional level, FineArt of China and DeepZenGo of Japan, and was a convincing win for FineArt. The two finalists were chosen to play in the 5th Electric Sage tournament (see tomorrow’s EJ). In-between, DeepZenGo played in the World Go Championship, which has already been reported on in the E-Journal.
FineArt was developed by a team at the top Chinese IT company Tencent and is less than a year old. It plays on a Chinese go server and has a winning record of 75% against professionals. That indicates that it’s not quite as strong as AlphaGo/Master, but even so there has been a dramatic rise in the level of go-playing programs in general. Apparently programmers were stimulated by the success of AlphaGo last year and have strengthened their programs by incorporating the techniques of “deep learning.”

Tomorrow: The 5th Electric Sage tournament; Motoki to challenge for Honinbo; Iyama leads Meijin league

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National Go Center opening schedule features Redmond, tournament, kid’s event

Monday April 17, 2017

With the opening of the National Go Center in Northwest Washington DC just two weeks away, a full schedule of events2017.04.16_ngc-logo-4 for the weekend of April 28-30 is being planned. All events take place at the NGC, 4652 Wisconsin Avenue NW, just two blocks from the Tenleytown Metro on the Red Line. Here’s a quick run-down of the schedule so far:

Friday, April 28
3:30p: Grand Opening ribbon-cutting
Featured guests include Nihon Ki-in Chairman Hiroaki Dan and his wife Yasuko and Michael Redmond 9P. This is event is open to the public but space is limited; register here.
7:00p: “AlphaGo” screens at AFI Silver Theatre; link for tickets coming soon!

Saturday, April 29
9:00a: Cherry Blossom 2017, a 4-round AGA rated tournament. Pre-register here; space is limited and pre-registration for this historic first NGC tournament is strongly encouraged.
7:30p: Haskell Small’s “A Game of Go” and commentary by Michael Redmond 9P with Chris Garlock (Member Priority event; see note below)
The evening’s program begins with Pianist Haskell Small and another pianist performing Small’s “A Game of Go,” an original composition inspired by a famous game by the legendary Shusaku.
2017.04.16_Match 1 - Google DeepMind ChallengeMichael Redmond and Chris Garlock will then do a commentary on one of the new games by Master/AlphaGo reprising their roles as commentators on the historic AlphaGo match a year ago. Audience questions and comments are welcome!
NOTE: Saturday night’s event is a “Member Priority” event. Space is limited and first priority will be given to those who have made a membership commitment to the NGC at the basic level of $60/year or more. Click here to join (note “membership” in message).

Sunday, April 30
12 noon: Free go instruction for beginners
12 noon: Children’s event, featuring free pizza, and a friendship match over Skype with children from Mexico City. Young players are strongly encouraged; click here if interested. Teachers and parents also welcome; this is a chance to meet others interested in promoting go in DC-area school programs and discuss how the NGC can support that.

 

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Cotsen Open seeks local organizer

Sunday April 16, 2017

The Cotsen Open is seeking an organizer for this year’s tournament, coming up in October in Los Angeles. “We need 2017.04.16_cotsen-P1000919someone who is organized, has follow-through, and who loves go,” says previous organizer Samantha Davis, who has moved to Chicago. “I’ll be able to train the right applicant, so you won’t be thrown in the deep end,” Davis adds. This is a paid position. If interested, email CotsenOpen@gmail.com.
photo: 2016 Cotsen Open; photo by Chris Garlock

Kansai Kiin to host Osaka Go Camp and Japan Go Congress

Sunday April 16, 2017

For those looking for an intensive go experience in Japan, the Kansai Kiin is organizing back-to-back events June 25 through 2017.04.16_osaka-campJuly 17. The fifth annual Osaka Go Camp will be held June 25-July 13, followed by the second annual Japan Go Congress in Takarazuka. Click here for details on both.

“During the camp, we have league games in the mornings and full teaching programs in the afternoons by professional players every day,” says teacher and longtime US Go Congress attendee Ryo Maeda 6p. The teaching programs will be in English.

“On holidays, we will also organize some day trips to places like downtown Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and a two-day trip to Kyoto, as well as a Friendship Tournament with Kyoto go players and sightseeing including the Honinbo Jakkoji temple which is really interesting for go players.”

“I promise that everyone can improve quite a lot through the Camp and the Congress and will have a lot of fun!”

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Tourney Updates: Michael Chen wins Philly Open; Yen-Ta Huang tops in Bay Area tourney; Diverse turn-out for CIRU tourney; NH high-schoolers trek to Boston tourney

Saturday April 15, 2017

Michael Chen wins Philly Open: Michael Chen 8d won the 2017 Philadelphia Spring Open, held March 12th at theOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA University of Pennsylvania. More than 50 players participated. Click here for a full report.

2017.04.15-bay-area-tourneyYen-Ta Huang tops in Bay Area tourney: Yen-Ta Huang 3d topped the 28-player field at the Bay Area Go Spring Tournament held April 1st, in Berkeley, CA. Winner Report: 3d-6d 1st Yen-Ta Huang 3d, 2nd Youfei chen 6d; 1k-2d 1st Chao Zhang 2d, 2nd Daniel Jeppson 1k; 5k-2k 1st Yunyen Lee 2k, 2nd Xiaofei Long 2k; 24k-6k 1st Nathan Bouscal 6k, 2nd Shanthanu Bhardwaj 6k.

Diverse turn-out for CIRU tourney: Seventy six players participated in the April 1 tournament hosted by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU) and the Feng Yun Go School. The players represented “a wide spectrum 2017.04.15_feng-yun-DSCN2569of ages, strengths, and ethnic heritage, girls and boys, men and women,” reports TD Paul Matthews. Feng Yun 9P reviewed players games and signed performance rank certificates for players who won all three of their games: Alan Huang 7d, Amy Su 5d, David Glekel 4d, Andrew McGowan 1k, Ted Lin 2k, Katherine Xie 3k, Seth Liang 5k, Sarah Crites 6k, Micah Murphy 10k, Kaden Li 21k, and John Crossman 25k. Complete tournament data, including all performance ratings and pairings, are available online at Go Tourney Ratings and there’s also a tournament photo gallery. Complete report here.

2017.04.15_4_of_the_5_High_School_girls_who_came_all_the_way_from_Franklin_NH_to_play_in_their_first_Go_tournamentNH high-schoolers trek to Boston tourney: This year’s Don Wiener Memorial Tournament included five high school students who were participated in their first go tournament. The students are members of the Franklin High School in Franklin, NH, and were brought to the April 9 tournament in Cambridge, MA by club advisor Charles Chapple, an English teacher at Franklin High. “Mr. Chapple, 7 kyu, plans to enter the next MGA tournament himself,” reports TD Eva Casey. Winner Report: Matthew Clarke 3k (4-0); Mark Nahabedian 12k (4-0); David Cho 4d ( 3-1); Runner up: Wayne Yee Mon 15k (3-1); Second Runner up: Wanda Metcalf 4k (3-1). photo: four of the Franklin High students. More photos here.

Yunhan Li 2d takes the cake in Syracuse tourney

Saturday April 15, 2017

Thirty players came from as far away as Buffalo, New York City, Boston, and Mechanicsburg, PA to play in the Syracuse Go2017 saltcity tournament gameofgo mph round3 YunhanLix Club’s 10th annual Salt City Tournament on Saturday, April 8. Yunhan Li 2d (right), Dan Kwan 2d, and Wayne Nelson 1k took home the A division’s cash prizes of $100, $60, and $40, respectively. Liya Luk 8k, after self-promoting to 6 kyu for the tournament, proceeded to sweep all four of her games in the B division, and Stefan Wang 20k went 4-0 in the C division.
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Longtime Syracuse Go Club member Milton Sack 15k pre-celebrated his 100th birthday four months early by winning the one game he played (he drove to the tournament himself and then left after one round to attend a memorial service).

Each player was able to select a new go book to take home at the end of the day, all provided to the tournament at a discount by Slate and Shell. Allen Noe once again served as tournament director, and organizer Richard Moseson’s wife Chris made the tournament’s traditional problem cake (black to play).
- report/photos by Richard Moseson

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Latest AGA Master video commentaries posted: Michael Redmond 9P, Ryan Li 1P & Stephanie Yin 1P

Saturday April 15, 2017

The AGA’s series of Master video game commentaries continued this week with two new posts:2017.04.15_AGA Master Review Series Game 45

Master 45 with Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p
Ryan Li 1p & Stephanie Yin 1p, hosted by Andrew Jackson, provide commentary of Master’s (AlphaGo) 45th game. In this game, Master plays black against Shi Yue 9p.

Master 23 with Michael Redmond 9p
Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock of the AGA E-Journal provide commentary and analysis of the twenty-third game of Master (AlphaGo). In this game, Master plays black against an unverified professional player.

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AGA news update posted on YouTube channel

Wednesday April 12, 2017

The AGA E-Journal’s broadcasting team has just released a video update for our YouTube subscribers. Join Broadcast 2017.04.12-youtube-updateCoordinator Michael Wanek, and Andrew Jackson, VP of Operations, as they cover recent AGA news, including US Go Congress registration, news on the Master (AlphaGo) Video Reviews, AGA volunteer opportunities and more. Click here to check out the 10-minute update.

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World #1 Ke Jie 9P to take on AlphaGo in China

Monday April 10, 2017

Barely a year after AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol 9P in Seoul, the go-playing AI program has set the global go community abuzz again with plans for a new match, this time against Ke Jie 9P, the top player in the world.

From May 23-27, DeepMind will collaborate with the China Go Association and Chinese Government to bring AlphaGo, 2017.04.10_Ke-JieChina’s top go players, and leading A.I. experts from Google and China together in Wuzhen, one of the country’s most beautiful water towns, for the “Future of Go Summit.”

“Instead of diminishing the game, as some feared, artificial intelligence (A.I.) has actually made human players stronger and more creative,” said DeepMind in its announcement. “It’s humbling to see how pros and amateurs alike, who have pored over every detail of AlphaGo’s innovative game play, have actually learned new knowledge and strategies about perhaps the most studied and contemplated game in history.”

“AlphaGo’s play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible. Now everyone is trying to play in a style that hasn’t been tried before,” said Zhou Ruiyang 9P.

The summit will feature a variety of game formats involving AlphaGo and top Chinese players, specifically designed to explore the mysteries of the game together. The games will include “Pair Go,” a game where one Chinese pro will play against another…except they will both have their own AlphaGo teammate, alternating moves, to take the concept of ‘learning together’ quite literally. “Team Go” — A game between AlphaGo and a five-player team consisting of China’s top pro players, working together to test AlphaGo’s creativity and adaptability to their combined style.

Of course, the centerpiece of the event will be a classic one-on-one 3-game match between AlphaGo and the world’s number one player, Ke Jie 9P, to push AlphaGo to its limits. Interspersed with the games will be a forum on the “Future of A.I.”

Meanwhile, the American Go Association’s video commentaries on the January AlphaGo/Master games continue. Nine commentaries have been posted so far, by Michael Redmond 9P (hosted by Chris Garlock) and Jennie Shen 2P (hosted by Andrew Jackson), with new posts — and new pros — planned for each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

photo: Ke Jie [far right], along with Nie Weiping [next to Ke Jie], Fan Hui [standing] and Gu Li [far left], replays the opening moves of one of AlphaGo’s games with Lee Sedol from memory to explain the beauty of its moves to Google CEO Sundar Pichai during a visit he made to Nie Weiping’s Go school in Beijing last year.