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AlphaGo Zero series to officially launch on Black Friday

Thursday November 23, 2017

After taking last Friday off, Michael Redmond’s AlphaGo video commentary series officially launches an AG Zero-Master series Friday at 6p 2017.11.23_AlphaGo Zero vs. Master with Michael Redmond 9p Game 1EDT, with at least four more Zero-Master commentaries planned through the end of the year. Click here for the first Zero-Master commentary.

“Zero shows a strong bias for territory, and this makes it’s overall game plan relatively easy to understand,” says Redmond. “Quite often we will see Zero diving into Master’s moyo, with some exciting fighting.”

Meanwhile, click here to check out Redmond’s exploration of Zero’s main openings and here for a playlist of 15 Redmond commentaries on the AlphaGo self-play games.

Video produced by Michael Wanek and Andrew Jackson. The sgf files were created by Redmond, with editing and transcription by Garlock and Myron Souris.

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Pandanet AGA City League Registration still open

Monday November 20, 2017

2017.10.03_PANDANETRegistration is still open for the new year of the Pandanet AGA City League. Play against some of the best players in the US and Canada including most of the AGA Professionals. Check out the rules and email steve.colburn@usgo.org for more information.

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Young Lions Deadline Saturday

Monday November 20, 2017

6a00d8341c630a53ef01116887fc30970c-800wi-300x226There’s less than a week left to sign up for the American Go Honor Society’s Young Lions Tournament. The deadline is this Saturday November 26th. The AGHS website says “Young Lions is a premier youth tournament for the new generation of go players to earn their first titles. Youth players from the United States, Canada, and South America will earn the right to battle for glory. But this road is full of pitfalls and dangers. Who will emerge as the leader of the Pride?” All youth players 18 and under are welcome to participate in this online tournament. The tournament will be held on the 3rd and 10th of December on KGS. Click here to sign up, and click here to view the rules. 

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Upcoming Go Events: Cambridge, Santa Fe, San Diego, Seattle

Monday November 20, 2017

December 2: Cambridge, MA
Boston Winter Open 2017
Neil Ritter ritter.neil@gmail.com

December 2: Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Winter Tournament
Robert Cordingley rjcord1@gmail.com 281-989-6272
Steve Uhl steveuhl@yahoo.com 505-699-7227

December 3: San Diego, CA
San Diego Go Club “Winter” Soiree
Ted Terpstra ted.terpstra@gmail.com 619-384-3454

December 3: Seattle, WA
Monthly Ratings Tournament
Brian Allen manager@seattlego.org 206-545-1424 or 206-632-1122

Get the latest go events information.

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Former Seattle Go Center manager launches antique go equipment site

Monday November 20, 2017

Bill Camp, former Manager at the Seattle Go Center, has surfaced in the world go community four years after moving to Australia. With his wife,2017.11.11-bill-camp-goban 2017.11.11-bill-camp-stonesMarian, he recently launched kimonoquilt.com, which offers refurbished antique gobans, stones, bowls and other go accessories, along with quilts Marian makes “from fabric used and loved and worn in another life.” Like the quilts, the go equipment merges old and new, as Camp uses his experience with fine woodworking to bring antique go equipment back to life.

“Renovating, repairing, sanding, re-printing, oiling and polishing has taken many months of detailed devotion,” says Camp. “Transformed from the years sitting in storage, the stains and dirt removed, each surface carefully and lovingly tended to, these bowls and boards once again approach their original condition.”

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