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Your Move/Readers Write: More on why we compete, and life and death

Monday May 7, 2018

More on go and why we compete: “I have read Janice Kim’s and William Cobb’s words with great interest,” writes Tony Collman. “While looking for something else, I serendipitously came across words from the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tsu (Zhuangzi), which touch on a point raised by William: “He who is contending for a piece of earthenware puts forth all his skill. If2018.05.07_518px-Dschuang-Dsi-Schmetterlingstraum-Zhuangzi-Butterfly-Dream the prize be a buckle of brass, he shoots timorously; if it be for an article of gold, he shoots as if he were blind. The skill of the archer is the same in all the cases; but (in the two latter cases) he is under the influence of solicitude, and looks on the external prize as most important. All who attach importance to what is external show stupidity in themselves.”

More on life and death: “I’d like to add a little comment to Janice Kim’s response to William Cobb’s nice little piece,” writes Jaap Blom. “In real, physical, life, if you make a very serious mistake, you’re dead. In the idealized and stylized universe of the goban, if you make a very serious mistake, you have only lost the game. You can clear the board and start a new game together with your playing partner, your temporary ‘opponent.’ That enables us to learn by trial and error, a somewhat lazy but extremely effective method. And what else is the learning for but for the next game? Indeed a rich end in itself. After our bodies die, the thoughts we have had will for some time still resonate in the minds of other people. As long as this ripple lasts, your personality is still alive, albeit without consciousness. According to Euclid, a point is simply defined as a thing that together with another point determines a line. (As a line is a thing that is determined by two points.) Indeed nodes are the players; the games are edges.”

graphic: “The Butterfly Dream,” by Chinese painter Lu Zhi (c. 1550)

 

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Reports, etc: MGA’s Yu Zhong passes; Seeking go clock apps

Monday May 7, 2018

MGA’s Yu Zhong passes: Yu Zhong (right) passed away May 2 after almost a year fighting with lung cancer. “He is AGA 5 dan and 2018.05.07_Yu Zhongplayed a lot of Massachusetts Go Association tournaments,” reports Ke Lu. You can find a list of his games here.

Seeking go clock apps: Does anyone have a list of go clock apps for smart phones? “I’d like an app that has sudden death, byoyomi and Canadian overtime, and Fishcher timing,” writes Phil Straus. Email suggestions to journal@usgo.org

World rankings: “Several people have recently asked for a worldwide ranking comparison,” writes Guillermo Molano. “I think that the one found at Sensei’s Library is very accurate.” Bill Saltman adds that while “I can’t speak to the general validity of this chart…I have played on KGS and Pandanet (IGS) and the rank comparison seems valid between those two.  I’m a 6K on KGS (last I checked) and 9K on Pandanet.”

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Golaxy, ELF OpenGo and Fine Art carry on AlphaGo’s pioneering work

Sunday May 6, 2018

While AlphaGo officially retired nearly a year ago, other AI developers have picked up where the ground-breaking go-playing AI2018.05.06_Golaxy-KeJie left off. A Chinese-developed AI program, Golaxy, defeated world #2 Ke Jie recently (right), and Golaxy chairman Jin Xing claims it can reach the same level of mastery as AlphaGo from playing much fewer games. And Facebook’s ELF OpenGo recently took on four top-30 human go players—running on a computer with a single GPU powering its computations—and won 14-0. Facebook is making ELF OpenGo available for free to other researchers. In other go AI news, check out this 40-minute documentary, Behind the scenes of Fine Art AI.

 

 

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WAGC Update: Undefeated Taipei leads

Sunday May 6, 2018

Taipei’s Yi-Tien Chan leads the 2018 World Amateur Go Championships, with a 6-0 record and just two rounds to go. China’s 2018.05.06-39wagc-Aaron-YEChen Wang, Korea’s Sangcheon Kim, Singapore’s Jie Hui Kwa, Hungary’s Csaba Mero and Poland’s Stanislaw Frejlak all have five wins each. Aaron Ye (right) of the U.S. is now ranked 23rd at 3-3, while Mexico’s Jose Abraham Florencia Islas is 4-2 and Canada’s Yongfei Ge is also 4-2. Latest reports and scores are on Ranka Online, including interviews with Thiago Shinji Shimada Ramos of Brazil, Torben Pedersen of Denmark and Ólafur Sigurðarson of Iceland.

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Much better results for NA players at Go Seigen Cup

Sunday May 6, 2018

North American players fared much better at this year’s Wu Qingyuan (Go Seigen) Cup, reports Thomas Hsiang.

In the first round, Feng Yun defeated Natalia Kovaleva, Stephanie Ying defeated Irvina Karlberg, Sarah Yu defeated Laura Nvram and Gaby Su lost to Rita Pocsai. Manja Marz and Guo Juan advanced to the second round without playing.

In the second round, Stephanie lost to Yu Zhiying from China, the world’s number 1 woman right now. Feng Yun lost to Yun (Korea), Sarah Yu lost to Ueno (Japan, current Female Kisei in Japan), Rita Pocsai lost to Zhang Xuan (China), Guo Juan lost to Oh (Korea) and Manja Marz lost to Lu (China).

All Western players were eliminated after the second round.

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Rape apology sought from baduk champion

Sunday May 6, 2018

A Hungarian baduk player competing in Korea is demanding an apology from a star Korean player for allegedly raping her at his2018.05.06_Diana Koszegi home, reports Korea JoongAng Daily.

In an interview in Seoul on Tuesday, Diana Koszegi (right) told the JoongAng Ilbo that she has not received a response from Kim Seong-ryong, a top-level baduk player, after she claimed on an online forum on April 17 that he forced himself on her on the night of June 5, 2009. The accusation made headlines after its posting and was followed by a joint statement by fifty women baduk players in support of Koszegi on April 19. It follows another sexual misconduct scandal in which a baduk player installed a spy camera in a women’s bathroom at the Korea Baduk Association. Kim has denied the rape allegation through an associate, claiming his relations with Koszegi were consensual.

The Korean Baduk Players Association, which is the collective entity representing pros and is separate from KBA, voted 85.8% on May 8 to expel Kim.  On May 14, the KBA temporarily suspended Kim until the ethics commission of KBA finishes looking into it and finalizes the case, expected by the end of the month.

Read more here

5/17: This post has been updated; it was the KBPA, not the KBA, which expelled Kim.

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AGA seeks public comment on revisions to Articles of Incorporation and By-laws

Sunday May 6, 2018

Committees delegated by the AGA Board have proposed changes to the AGA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The board has accepted these changes for release to the chapters and membership for review and comment prior to implementation. The changes reflect suggestions given by chapter leaders during a recent chapter comment period and now the AGA solicits comments from the membership at large.

The revisions are significant, though the basic structure of governance is not changed. We solicit and welcome your comments and suggestions at planning@usgo.org.

 

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TD Workshop to Debut at U.S. Go Congress

Thursday May 3, 2018

Have you thought about running a go tournament in your area but weren’t sure where to start? Or have you run tournaments2018.04.22 Carolina Spring Tournament-sm_2454 and would like to hear from other experienced TD’s about how they publicize and manage these events? A new workshop at the U.S. Go Congress this July is meant for you.

“We have four afternoon sessions scheduled this year that will cover everything from how to organize your first tournament to computer programs to help manage pairings and AGA results reporting,” says workshop Director Mark Rubenstein. “It’s very rewarding to run a successful tournament, and this workshop is designed to help all TD’s get better at doing so.”
Topics to be covered include basics, like how to run your first tournament: handicaps, AGA membership requirements, handling ranks, pairings, and reporting. Also covered: publicity and pre-registration; regulations, code of conduct, registration management, conflict management; pairing systems – Swiss, McMahon, round robin, knockout, self-paired, etc., and the reason for choosing one pairing system over another; computer pairing and reporting programs. There will also be Q&A with experienced TDs.
Rubenstein reports that “We already have the schedule in the Congress mobile appand will put descriptions for each session there so you can choose to come to the whole workshop, or just the topics of most interest to you.” Congress registration is open now covering this workshop and all the tournaments, pro lectures, and events in Williamsburg VA this July 21-28. Send TD Workshop suggestions to mark@evanstongoclub.org.
photo: at the recent Carolina Spring Tournament; photo by Bob Bacon
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Nominations being accepted for 2018 AGA Board Election

Thursday May 3, 2018

It’s election time again. This year four American Go Association (AGA)  Board of Director seats are in play for the Eastern, Western, Central and at Large positions. The current terms of office expire this September. If you know of someone who you believe would offer guidance and service to the AGA, consider making a nomination. Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by full members for the At-Large or for the regional seat in which the member resides and must be received by June 15, 2018. Nominations and questions must be emailed to elections@usgo.org. Click here for complete election information and qualifications.

 

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School Team Tourney Deadline Extended

Wednesday May 2, 2018

STT_graphicThe School Teams Tourney (SST) has been rescheduled for May 19th and 26th, and the registration deadline is now May 12th. Modeled on Hikaru no Go,  the STT is North America’s premier K-12 team go tournament, and will be held on KGS. Over $1,000 in prizes, including cash and trophies will be given out. Participants this year will be eligible to receive a free AGHS T-shirt as well. All public or private institutions in the US, Canada and Mexico, from kindergarten to high school, are allowed to form teams of three to compete. There will be 2 rounds on each day. To register, click here. Rules and more information can be found here. –Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.

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