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e-Go Congress registration soars; AGA meetings announced

Thursday July 16, 2020

Just days after registration opened for the 2020 e-Go Congress, more than 300 have already signed up. In addition to Americans and Canadians, players from 31 other countries have registered. “I’m floored by how this event really seems to have struck a chord with people around the world,” said Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “It’s wonderful to see how well this event has come together”


And for those interested in finding out more about the American Go Association and other ways to participate in the go community, a full schedule of informational, business, and training meetings have been scheduled for the following week (see schedule).

If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the e-Go Congress, want to help put on TD or Teacher Workshops – or have other ideas for online events you’d like to help the AGA put on – contact the Congress Coordinator at lisa.scott@usgo.org. “The AGA would love to run more online events over the coming months, all we need is you to volunteer!” said Scott.

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Registration still open for New York Youth Open

Tuesday July 14, 2020

The New York Youth Open is coming up soon and will be held on Saturday July 25th. Players under 18 of all strengths are encouraged to register for this four-round, non-handicapped tournament. Registration is open until July 20th with a fee of $15. Games will begin at 12:00 PM ET, and all players who complete all four rounds will receive a one-month FREE subscription (worth $9.99) for NYIG_Go YouTube class membership. The top three players in each division will also be awarded certificates and trophies. “Young Go players improve their skills and gain experience through participating in NYYO, which prepares them for competing in bigger stages,” says organizer and founder of the New York Institute of Go Stephanie Yin 1P. Click here for tournament rules and registration.

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Go Spotting: Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach

Monday July 13, 2020

EJournal reader Mel reports that other readers may be interested in an article from the October issue of EPL (Europhysics Letters) focusing on telling the difference between human and computer players. He notes that the article is not free to read, but the abstract is available.

Distinguishing humans from computers in the game of go: A complex network approach
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1209/0295-5075/119/48001
Abstact:
We compare complex networks built from the game of go and obtained
from databases of human-played games with those obtained from
computer-played games. Our investigations show that statistical
features of the human-based networks and the computer-based networks
differ, and that these differences can be statistically significant
on a relatively small number of games using specific estimators. We
show that the deterministic or stochastic nature of the computer
algorithm playing the game can also be distinguished from these
quantities. This can be seen as a tool to implement a Turing-like
test for go simulators.

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Registration is Open for the 2020 e-Go Congress

Monday July 13, 2020

You can now register here for the 2020 e-Go Congress, taking place online August 1-9, 2020.

Although work continues on the 2020 e-Go Congress website, you can find updated information about the e-Go Congress schedule here. “We are so excited about how well this is coming together!” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. “There has been so much interest from volunteers and players, as well as professionals interested in teaching – we can’t wait to bring this ‘mini-congress’ to Go players!”

Look for more updates – including more events with professionals – in the coming days.

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Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Online Friendship Match

Monday July 13, 2020

Twenty-two players and a sprinkling of spectators enjoyed two rounds of online Go in the Triangle Go Group/Cleveland Go Club Friendship Match held Sunday, July 5th, in the Triangle Go Group club room on KGS.

It was an exciting event with the Triangle Go Group holding a one game lead after round one, and finishing the day with a total of 12 wins against the Cleveland Go Club’s 10. Players winning both of their games include Chen Yuan, Jerry Jaffe, Tao Ma, Alex Lillie, Manny Jauregui, Justin Su and Christina Wang. Game results are available here.

It was a great way to enjoy the day after the 4th of July. Thank you to the players, to Yuan Zhou for organizing the event, and to team captains Paul Celmer and Jerry Jaffe.

-report and photo by Bob Bacon

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50 years aGO: July 1970

Sunday July 12, 2020

Keith Arnold, hka, with Patrick Bannister

Our feature photo this month was originally captioned “Clash of the Titans: Takagawa vs. Go Seigen in the 18th Ōza Tournament,” 9 July 1970.  Takagawa (left, in photo at right)  was by this time one of the elder statesmen of the game,   His greatest achievement was holding the Honinbo title for nine consecutive years.  His “simple,” solid style has long been prized as one amateur players should emulate as they get stronger.  Two of the early go books in English – How to Play Go and Vital Points of Go – were published by the Nihon Kiin.

Go Seigen, of course, needs no introduction, arguably the greatest go player of all time.  At his peak, it is fair to say that he was at least a stone better than the entire world.  Game record here.

The quizmaster, stumped: While I rely on my collaborator Mr. Bannister for dates and competitions on these old photos, I invariably know the player’s names, since these were the greats when I was beginning to play. Embarrassingly, however, I was stumped by the gentleman in this photo (left).  We will share why he is pictured next month, but for now – who is he?  Bonus questions/hints – Which US Go Congress did he attend, and what Ishi Press go book did he author? Send your answers to us c/o journal@usgo.org.

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“Why We Play” videos wanted

Wednesday July 8, 2020

The E-Journal team will be covering the upcoming e-Congress in the E-Journal and on our Twitch channel; watch for a program schedule soon. In addition to covering some of the e-Congress events, we want to hear from you, our readers and viewers. Why do you play go? What’s your most memorable go experience? Share your story with us – just record a brief video on your phone or webcam – and we’ll share it with the world during the e-Congress! Videos must include your name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been playing go, and should be no longer than 3 minutes; send them to journal@usgo.org

2020 e-Go Congress schedule released (7/4)

2020 e-Go Congress announced (6/30)

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AGA ratings lookup & information changes coming

Tuesday July 7, 2020

The AGA Web Team has been working make some “quality of life” changes to our ratings reporting, reports Steve Colburn. “Part of that involves removing old code from our systems” as ratings reporting moves to the AGAGD. “We have worked to make sure all of the information is replicated to the new site,” says Colburn. The full information post can be found on the Chapters Email List.

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The Power Report: Shibano starts fightback in Honinbo; S & Meijin League reports; Fourth-generation player loses first game

Tuesday July 7, 2020

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Shibano starts fightback in Honinbo

The fourth game of the 75th Honinbo title match was played at the Imai Villa, Kawatsu Town, Shizuoka Prefecture on June 30 and July 1. For the challenger, Shibano Toramaru Meijin (photo), it was his first kadoban, that is, a game that can lose a series. With Shibano having won the Judan title two days after the third Honinbo game, this game became a clash between two triple crowns: Iyama Kisei, Honinbo & Tengen vs. Shibano Meijin, Oza & Judan. Go Weekly didn’t mention if this was the first such pairing.

In this game, Shibano, who played white, followed a consistent policy of making strong groups so that he would not come under attack. Iyama was able to build a moyo and seemed to take a small lead (according to AI), but Shibano used his thickness to stage an upset late in the middle game. Black resigned after 166 moves. The fifth game will be played on July 8 and 9.

S League

An important game in the second round of the 45th Kisei S League was played on July 2. Taking white, Takao Shinji 9P beat Ichiriki Ryo 8P by resig. Having reached the play-off to decide the challenger in the previous tournament, Ichiriki was considered one of the favorites, but it’s hard to recover from an early setback in a small league (just five rounds).

Meijin League

One game in the 45th Meijin League was played last week. On June 30, Yamashita Keigo 9P (W) beat Murakawa Daisuke 8P by resig.

Fourth-generation player loses first game

Nakamura Sumire is not the only young female player who is attracting attention from the go media. Cho Kosumi 1P (photo), the daughter of Cho U 9P and Kobayashi Izumi 6P, who in turn is the daughter of Kobayashi Koichi 9P and Kobayashi (Kitani) Reiko 7P, who was the daughter of Kitani Minoru 9P, made her debut as a professional in April, but didn’t get to play her first official game until July 6. Playing black, she lost to Seki Kotaro 3P in Preliminary B of the 30th Ryusei tournament. She resigned after 148 moves. Incidentally, a reporter asked Kosumi if she was thinking of her father in choosing her navy-blue shirt and she answered, yes. Cho U is fond of black and navy-blue clothing; maybe Kosumi will make it a family tradition.

Promotions

To 8-dan: Mizuma Toshifumi (150 wins, as of July 3)
To 5-dan: Ms. Osawa Narumi (70 wins, as of July 3)

Obituary: Sakai Isao

Sakai Isao 7P died on June 3. He was born on July 9, 1939, and became a disciple of his father, Sakai Michiharu 9P (three of whose brothers were also professionals in Nagoya). He qualified for 1-dan at the Nagoya branch of the Nihon Ki-in in 1961, reached 6-dan in 1983 and was promoted to 7-dan after his retirement in 2005.

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2020 e-Go Congress schedule released

Saturday July 4, 2020

Following hard on the heels of the announcement earlier this week (2020 e-Go Congress announced) of the online 2020 e-Go Congress August 1-9, organizers have now released a preliminary schedule of events. “While a few events may still be added, you can plan on attending any of the events below,” says AGA Congress Coordinator Lisa Scott. Keep an eye on the Congress website for the schedule and updates as details are finalized. Events will be held on OGS, KGS, and Pandanet.

Saturday, August 1
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Opening Ceremony
4pm-7pm EDT/1pm-4pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT 9×9 Tournament

Sunday, August 2
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 2
4pm-6pm EDT/1pm-3pm PDT Game Review
7pm-10pm EDT/4pm-7pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 3
10pm-11pm EDT/7pm-8pm PDT Hangouts

Monday, August 3
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 1
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Drop in Teaching

Tuesday, August 4
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Beginner Official Teaching Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 1

Wednesday, August 5
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Youth Event
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 2
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Double-Digit Kyu Tournament Day 2

Thursday, August 6
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 3
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT Pair Go Tournament

Friday, August 7
1pm-4pm EDT/10am-1pm PDT Blitz Tournament Round 4
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT City League Championships Game 3

Saturday, August 8
1pm-3pm EDT/10am-12pm PDT e-Go Congress Open Round 4
6pm-9pm EDT/3pm-6pm PDT Game Review
8pm-11pm EDT/5pm-8pm PDT TBD Broadcast Event

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