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LIVE THIS WEEK: AGA to broadcast commentaries on 2019 China Securities Cup World AI Open on Twitch

Wednesday August 21, 2019

The AGA will broadcast the 2019 China Securities Cup World AI Go Open live from the Chinese Weiqi Congress in Shandong, China this week. “This is a brand-new challenge for us as we take our production to Asia for the first time, and we will do our best to entertain you and provide you with some fresh perspectives on the AI games,” says the E-Journal’s Stephen Hu.

The broadcasts will take place on the official AGA Twitch channel, hosted by Stephen Hu (@xhu98) and joined by various commentators from China TBD. The following schedule* will be promoted on the Twitch front page:

*all times converted to UTC; actual start times might be subject to delays at the venue, although we try our best to start commentary at the earliest availability. Note: We will not be commentating on the preliminary rounds – however, feel free to follow the games on Yike Weiqi. In the semifinals and finals, all the games will be played out regardless of the series outcome.

August 22, ca. 01:30-03:30(China Securities Cup) Quarterfinals
ca. 05:00-06:30Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, QF
ca. 07:30-09:00Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, SF
ca. 10:00-11:30Human + AI Pair Go Exhibition, Final
August 23, ca. 01:30-03:30Semifinals, Game 1
ca. 04:30-06:30Semifinals, Game 2
ca. 07:30-09:30Semifinals, Game 3
August 24, ca. 03:00-05:00Final, Game 1
ca. 06:00-07:30Final, Game 2
ca. 09:30-11:00Final, Game 3
August 25, ca. 01:30-03:00Final, Game 4
04:30-06:00Final, Game 5
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LA goes 2-1 in Chinese city league

Monday May 27, 2019

In round one of the Chinese city league Saturday morning in Liuzhou, Los Angeles defeated the team from Jingdezhen. This was a major victory since the opponents were last year’s city league runner-up. In Saturday night’s round two, L.A. lost by five points to last year‘s city league champion, Nanjing. Sunday morning in round three, L.A. was again victorious, this time over the city of Tianjin. In the photo, Captain O Rissei is about to convert what appears to be a massive seki into a kill for black.
Los Angeles will play four more games at the end of August, and if they are able to win at least two of them, they will proceed to the finals.
– reported by Steve Burrall

See also Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

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Los Angeles team joins Chinese city league; report from Liuzhou

Sunday May 26, 2019

A team from Los Angeles has joined the Chinese city league for the 2019 season,reports Steve Burrall from China. “The expense of fielding a team has historically been prohibitive for most non-Asian countries, but team leader Peter Chang has stepped up with funding for the first-ever team from the US to participate.” There are 32 teams including 24 from Chinese cities and eight international cities. Teams can have up to 12 players, but for each match, teams can be 3 to 6 players who confer on strategy during the match while each takes a turn playing a series of moves against the other team; international teams must include one native player, one female player and one amateur player.“Mr. Chang has filled these slots with Michael Redmond 9P, Shirley Lin 1P and amateurs Cheng C C 7d, Wang Yi Hsin 7d and Luo Qi Peng 7d.  Completing the team are Captain O Rissei, Hsu Chia Yuan 8p and Liu Dhin Shin 3p,” Burrall reports. The first series of matches is currently underway in the city of Liuzhou. Los Angeles is 1-1 as of Saturday night May 25.

photo: team members discuss strategy while one player is playing on a board off to the right. Captain O Rissei 9p is in the center, seated at the board next to Michael Redmond 9p. photo by Steve Burrall
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Hengshui to host Mind Sports event in May

Friday March 29, 2019

An international Mind Sports event will be held May 13-18 in Hengshui, China. The event, announced March 26, will feature five2019.03.29 MindSport-Nie sports, Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, and Xiangqi and 17 disciplines and will have a total of 99 medals in gold, silver and bronze. More than 200 players from over 40 countries and regions will gather in Hengshui and fight for the title. Representing North America are three male AGA pros: Ryan Li, Eric Lui, and Gansheng Shi, plus two Asia-certified female pros: Shirley Lin and Svetlana Shikshina.
Nie Weiping was appointed event promotion ambassador and Ke Jie will serve event charity ambassador. At the launch press conference, Nie Weiping said that mind sports have added new meaning to competitive sports while there is still room for improvement. He also noted that he was especially pleased the event is being held in his hometown of Hengshui.
An “Artificial Intelligence Summit Forum” will be held during the event, featuring well-known experts and representatives of relevant enterprises from the field of artificial intelligence to discuss how artificial intelligence can be better used for board and card game education and promotion.

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Kuksu and X’ian International youth go tournaments

Monday March 25, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-03-23 at 2.04.15 PM “We have been invited to send teams to two youth tournaments in Asia,”  reports AGA President Andy Okun. “With all expenses paid for kids once they arrive, this is an  an incredible go-related cultural experience for the price of round trip air fare.”  The Kuksu Mountain tournament will be held August 2-7, in scenic Jeollanamdo Province, South Korea.  Youth teams will be attending from all over the world, and participants will compete in multiple tournaments, with prizes in various rank brackets.  Go related side events and local tourism are part of the program as well.  Organized by the Korean Baduk Association, the popular event will be held for the sixth time this summer.  Any AGA youth 18 and under are eligible to attend, and a team leader is also sought.  Accompanying adults are welcome as well, but are asked to pay a $270 fee to help cover costs (as is the team leader). If you are interested in the event, or would like more information, fill out the application form here.

IMG_0704The X’ian Education Bureau is organizing an international tournament as well, for youth aged 13-18.  A four person team will be selected for this event.  The date is not set yet, but it is expected to be in mid-late August.  X’ian was the former capital of China and is rich in history and culture, and the famed terracotta army is nearby as well.  The event will include three days of competition and two of sightseeing and cultural exchange.  12-14 teams are expected to participate.   As with the Kuksu participants must pay their own airfare.  There is a $200 charge per person as well, and then all other expenses are covered.  The application form is here-Paul Barchilon, EJ Youth Editor.  Photos: Top: 2018 Kuksu tournament; Bottom: A few members of the life-size Terracotta Army, of which there are 8,000. Photo by Paul Barchilon.

 

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Go in the News: Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game; Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Game Enthusiasts Gather Weekly in Brentwood to Play Ancient Board Game: Every weekend, you’ll find a group of people playing an ancient board game called Go at Fulin’s in Brentwood. Shawn Ray, of the Middle TN Go Club, spoke with us about the game and how the Middle TN Go Club came to be. The Club plays at Fulin’s in Brentwood every Saturday from 12p-4p and Sunday 5p-9p. Read more here.

Baduk Drives Success of Nongshim Noodles in China: Instant noodle giant Nongshim has capitalized on the popularity of go to drive sales of $280 million in China this year. In cooperation with the Korea Baduk Association, Nongshim founded a world championship known as the Nongshim Cup when it entered the country in 1999. Nongshim chairman Shin Chun-ho is a go enthusiast and wanted to link local fever for the game to the brand. When the tournament is held in China (the 20th edition was held there last month), fans gather in front of the venue or at large outdoor televisions to watch the match, which further promotes the brand. Read more here and here.

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10/1 deadline for pro or amateur tepresentative for Bingsheng Cup

Friday September 28, 2018

The 8th Qionglong Mountain Bingsheng Cup, a women’s weiqi tournament, is seeking a representative from North America, all expenses covered. The tournament will be held October 30-November 5 in Suzhou, China. Professional and amateur women interested in representing North America in this event should send an e-mail to tournaments@usgo.org. Please reply no later than Monday, October 1st, so that we may run a preliminary tournament among the interested players prior to the registration deadline.
– Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator 
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9/30 deadline for Shanglv Cup International City Go Tournament

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Once again, the Hangzhou Branch of China Qiyuan is running the Shanglv Cup International City Go Tournament in Hangzhou from October 27 through November 1. This is China’s biggest amateur go tournament and they will generously cover attendee’s entire accommodation fee and ground transportation to their 5-star hotel (attendees must provide transportation to/from Hangzhou). There are individual tournaments for men and women, as well as team events: men’s double, women’s double, mixed doubles, parent-children group, and children group. Deadline to register is September 30.

For more information or to register, please contact organizer Di Yang (616601098@qq.com). To coordinate for a team event, please contact Mike Peng (pmikepeng@yahoo.com).
–  Jeff Shaevel, AGA National Tournament Coordinator
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N.A. players wanted for 4th Bailing Cup

Tuesday June 19, 2018

The Chinese Weiqi Association invites two men (professional or amateur) from North America to participate in the 4th Bailing Cup Championship. The first three rounds of the tournament will be held between July 24-27 in Beijing, China. (Note that this is during the US Go Congress and it will not be possible to attend both events.) The final will be held sometime in 2019. Full airfare, meals, and accommodations will be provided to participants. If you have any questions, or to apply to participate, please contact tournaments@usgo.org no later than June 30th.

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ASEAN Board and Card Games International Invitational Tournament 2018

Sunday June 17, 2018

The organizers of this event are inviting participants to this tournament, which will be held from August 8th to 14th, 2018, in the city of Nanning, the capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. There are six round of Open Team and Open Individual events and 6 round of Women’s Individual event. Minimum AGA rank is 5D for men and 3D for women. Up to three players may participate and, if necessary, selection criteria will be added should more people express interest. International travel will the responsibility of the participants, but food, accommodations, and local transportation will be provided by the organizers. AGA President Andrew Okun will be in attendance. Please send your interest to attend to president@usgo.org as soon as possible.

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