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Dutch artist combines passions to create Go-themed art

Saturday November 9, 2019

Dutch artist, art historian, author and go teacher Kim Ouweleen has created an original series of Go-themed posters and postcards that are available on his website. “I’m very enthusiastic about combining my passions for drawing and Go,” Ouweleen told the E-Journal.  One of his latest efforts was a drawing he did for the Brazilian Nihon Kiin for the recent Latin American Go Congress. “My work has been travelling all over the world this year and has been sold at the Nihon Kiin in Tokyo, given to students by Blackie’s International Baduk Academy (BIBA) in Korea, was used to promote Teach the Teachers (an event for European go teachers in the EGCC), and much more,” he said. “I’ve also started customizing the backs of the cards for go schools and associations, like these for the Cyprus Go Association.”  To purchase one of his original drawings, contact Ouweleen at kim.ouweleen@gmail.com; you can also see more of his work on his Etsy shop and his t-shirts and other clothing designs can be found on his Spreadshirt webshop. Follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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Go & Ski International Winter Camp in Vaujany, France

Saturday October 5, 2019

If you like mountains, snow, skiing, and (of course) go, you might want to check into this unique opportunity to mix them all together in the French Alps this winter. The Grenoble Go Club and the French Go Federation are teaming up to organize the Go & Ski International Winter Camp January 25th through February 1st, 2020.

The camp will be held in the resort village of Vaujany, France, directly adjacent to the splendid ski area of the Alpe d’Huez. Inseong Hwang 8d, Tanguy Le Calvé 1P, and others will be on hand to teach go and make this go-ski camp an unforgettable experience. More information about the Go & Ski International Winter Camp can be found at http://stage-go-ski.jeudego.org/en/.

If you like competition, you may also want to keep the momentum going and register for the International Grenoble Go Tournament (TIGGRE – Ellie Cup) which will take place in Grenoble on February 1st and 2nd.

-edited by Roger Schrag

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Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship Game 6, 7 & 8 videos posted

Saturday July 27, 2019

The video games and commentaries for Games 6, 7 and 8 of the recent Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship have now been posted (see below). Commentators are as follows:
Game 6 – Eric Lui 1p vs. Pavol Lisy 2p; commentary by Andy Liu 1p and Michael Wanek
Game 7 – Artem Kachanovskyi 2p vs. Eric Lui 1p; commentary by Cornell Burzo 7d and Stephen Hu
Game 8 – Ryan Li 1p vs. Ilya Shikshin 3p; commentary by Stephanie Yin 1p and Stephen Hu

This was a €10,000 EUR, single-elimination team tournament in which five AGA professionals matched up against five EGF professionals.
Credits: Logo: Maria Chaplina; Layout: Mieke Narjes; Graphics: Stephen Hu; Producer: Michael Wanek; North American TD: Hajin Lee; European TD: Natalia Kovaleva; Tournament Sponsors: AGA & EGF
To support this tournament and future tournaments like it, please support the AGA & EGF with donations or membership.

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Shikshin clinches first Transatlantic Championship for EGF

Sunday July 7, 2019

In round eight of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on July 7, Ilya Shikshin 3P of the EGF defeated the AGA’s last standing player, Ryan Li 1P. With this critical victory, the EGF team claimed the first Transatlantic Championship and the €10,000 Euro prize.
Black (Shikshin) opened by building a strong moyo on the right side, while white secured territory at the top and lower left. White (Li) split a left-side black group into two parts, and a fight ensued. White’s attack seemed severe, but black managed to live without incurring too much damage to his right-side territory. After the black group secured its life, the two players were neck-and-neck. White stumbled with move 152, a sente push played under time pressure, which forced white spend another move on O5 instead of responding to black on the left side. An intense endgame followed. Black wrapped up the game, winning by 3.5 points in the end.
The Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship was the first team match between professional players of the European Go Federation and American Go Association. Each team was represented by five players in a win-and-continue format. All games were broadcast live on the American Go Association’s Twitch channel, including commentary by strong players from both North America and Europe. This last round, featuring players Ilya Shikshin and Ryan Li, attracted more than 4,400 simultaneous viewers, a record for the Transatlantic Championship.
– report by Hajin Lee

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Artem Kachanovskyi ends Eric Lui’s winning streak in Transatlantic Team Championship

Sunday June 30, 2019

In round seven of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on June 30, EGF pro Artem 2P defeated Eric Lui 1P, ending Lui’s streak at three wins. The AGA team now has only one player remaining – Ryan Li 1P – while the EGF team has Artem Kachanovskyi 2P and Ilya Shikshin 3P.

In the opening, Eric Lui, playing black, built up a wide area on the right side. White approached lightly, trying to limit black’s potential. Black launched a full-on attack of white’s group, surrounding it from the outside. However, black’s shape had some weaknesses. White allowed black a small ponnuki, then cut on L16, forcing black to give up one or the other of his surrounding groups. Black chose to give up both, and instead swallowed the upper-left corner, keeping game balanced. Complicated fights ensued, but white was slightly ahead. White then successfully invaded the upper-left corner, leading black to resign.

The EGF has announced that Ilya Shikshin 3P will substitute for Artem in the next round under the wildcard rule*. Kachanovskyi is unable to play next round due to his upcoming wedding in Romania. If Shikshin defeats Ryan Li, the AGA’s last remaining player, this championship will be over. If Ryan Li wins, he will face Artem Kachanovskyi in the final game.

The next round, Ryan Li 1P vs. Ilya Shikshin 3P, will take place on July 7, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

*Wildcard rule: Each team has one wildcard that can be used in an emergency. When a currently winning player is not able to play the next round, a team can nominate any not-yet-defeated teammate to substitute for one game. The original winning player must come back in the following round, regardless of the substitute player’s result.

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Eric Lui evens score to 3-3 in Transatlantic Team Championship

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Eric Lui 1P defeated Pavol Lisy 2P by 1.5 points in the 6th round of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship played June 9 on OGS.

Lisy (Black) took an early advantage by capturing white’s group on the lower side. When white attempted to reduce black’s moyo on the top, black chose an aggressive strategy, leading to a critical ko in the center. The game seemed clearly in black’s favor when black’s group lived in the upper-left corner. But, pressed by byo-yomi, Lisy didn’t realize his group was already alive, and missed a chance to solidify his advantage. The game became close as white captured a small black group in the center, but black was still leading by a narrow margin. Black’s final mistake was move 217, which allowed white to start an advantageous ko. White gained a few points from this ko fight, and managed to finish the game 1.5 points ahead.

The next round will take place on June 30, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Artem Kachanovskyi 2P will challenge Eric Lui. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.

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Eric Lui scores second win in Transatlantic Team Championship

Sunday June 2, 2019

In round five of the Transatlantic Professional Go Team Championship, played on June 2, Eric Lui 1P defeated EGF pro Ali Jabarin 2P. The game was followed live by over 300 players on OGS and 4,000 viewers on Twitch.
The game intensified as Ali (white) invaded black’s large moyo on the right side. A white group on the right appeared dead for some time, leading viewers to believe the game would be over soon. Yet, to everyone’s surprise, including main commentator Inseong Hwang, Ali magically found a way to save the group. However, in the process, white had to leave the center undefended, and black’s center territory became too large for white to match. At the final count, black won by 24.5 points.

The next round will take place on June 9, starting at 14:00 US Eastern time. Eric Lui will face Pavol Lisy 2P. The game will be played on OGS and live-streamed on Twitch.
– Hajin Lee

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Help Wanted: KGS Go Server

Wednesday May 29, 2019

-by Paul Barchilon, AGF Vice President, KGS Liaison

As many of our readers are aware, the American Go Foundation (AGF) agreed to take on ownership of the KGS Go Server in 2017.  Our goal was to stabilize and grow the server, and also provide a financial buffer for the service after its creator, Bill Shubert, no longer wanted to run it.  We think KGS is the best place for reviewing games online, with unparalleled game review tools, and terrific chat features that allow people to build real community.  Although there are many other go servers out there, including Asian ones with beautiful graphic design and strong players, we think KGS is still a unique and valuable server.  A common complaint has been that many high level dan players have moved to other servers. The AGF’s mission focuses on education and learning, and we think KGS is the perfect place for beginners and more advanced kyu players to learn and grow.  Dan players are important too, but we think the server can grow more of them, and that more strong players will come back to the server if we can revitalize it.

We had hoped that by providing financial security for the server, it would be able to survive and grow on its own.  However, as time has passed, it has become clear that we need more support from the community to make that a reality.  Our team of programmers (all volunteers) have busy day jobs, and although they do their best, there is too much work to be done. Our admin team has also become smaller, and is greatly in need of an infusion of volunteers.  

The go community should have lots of programmers out there who can help.  We should also have lots of people who are willing to be admins. If you are interested in volunteering to help make KGS the best possible server it can be, please email me at kgs@agfgo.org.  

On the programming level, we need people who can code in Java and Javascript.  The code for ShinKGS is actually open source. Skilled coders could help us bring more features to the web compatible version of KGS and – most urgently  – to create a registration module that can run from any web-browser and doesn’t require Java. If you are willing to help us with our task list, email kgs@agfgo.org.

On the Admin side, we need team players who have a helpful, forthcoming attitude, can stay calm under pressure, and are able to properly judge if, when, and how to intervene in public chats, deal with complaints and enforce KGS policies on escaping. A community only thrives with the support of those in it. The more people maintaining the spirit of KGS, the easier for all.

Admins need enough spare time to be on several times a week and should be able to keep an idle window open on the server. They should be quick to step in when needed.  We also need admins in many languages and time zones, and would like to have at least one admin on at any given time.

While the AGF owns KGS and, with the help of many donors, provides the basic financial support, KGS really belongs to all of us. If the server is to move forward, we need help from the community. 

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Eric Lui wins Transatlantic Team Championship Round 4, faces Ali Jabarin on June 2

Thursday May 23, 2019

EricLui 1P won Round 4 of the Transatlantic Team Championship, defeating Mateusz Surma 2P, who had won the first three rounds. The game was played on May 5, but the final result was not announced until May 14 due to official challenges by both players. Details of the official ruling are here.The next round, between Eric Lui and Ali Jabarin will take place on June 2, from 14:00 US EDT or 20:00 CEST.

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IMSA World Masters Championship report

Sunday May 19, 2019

The 2019 IMSA World Masters Championship was held in Hengshui, China, from May 13 to 18. The Championship included five sports, Go, Chess, Bridge, Draughts, and Xiangqi, which in total offered 99 medals in 17 disciplines, with 170 players from 47 countries participating.
In Go, Men’s team (round-robin), Women’s team (round-robin), and Pair Go (bracket-tournament) competitions took place. Players were invited from six regions – China, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Europe, and North America. North America was represented by Ryan Li 1P, William Shi 1P, and Eric Lui 1P in Men’s, Shirley Lin 1P and Gabriella Su 6D in Women’s, and Eric Lui 1P and Shirley Lin 1P in Pair Go. 
The competition results are as follows:
Men’s Team
1st: China; 2nd: Korea; 3rd: Japan; 4th: Chinese Taipei; 5th: Europe; 6th: North America
Women’s Team: 1st: Korea; 2nd: China; 3rd: Japan; 4th: Chinese Taipei; 5th: North America; 6th: Europe
Pair Go (6 pairs from each region plus 2 wildcard pairs selected by drawing): 1st: Korea (Choi Jeong & Shin Jinseo); 2nd: Chinese Taipei – wildcard (Pai Hsin Hui & Lin Li Hsiang); 3rd: Chinese Taipei (Jiajia Missingham Joanne & Wang Yuan Jyun); 4th: Europe (Natalia Kovaleva & Ilya Shikshin); 5th: China (Yu Zhiying & Mi Yuting)6th: Europe – wildcard (Ariane Ougier & Pavol Lisy); 7th: Japan (Eiko Nyu & Daisuke Murakawa); 8th: North America (Shirley Lin & Eric Lui).
– Hajin Lee

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