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“Diabolical” available now

Over the past few months, David Mitchell has been working on a TsumeGo book for Dan players which has gone through a rigorous validation process (including a review by An Younggil 8P) and will be available shortly.
There are 100 problems in the book but the answers are NOT included. David is working on problems and answers books using the same problems with the answers and explanations aimed at kyu players. If you need answers, please wait, the first problem & answer book is likely to be published in 3 months.
The real intent of the book is for people to solve the problems themselves without having to resort to looking at answers. Solving problems is a great training exercise that extends and improves reading skills, looking at answers does not help reading skills.
The problems are presented in a totally different manner to any other TsumeGo problem. Each problem is set on a whole board with four or more positions. One position is unsettled, the rest are already settled (no matter who plays first the result is the same).
The task is for Black to win in all positions; Black groups live, White groups die. Black plays first and moves alternate as in a real game. Black does not play first in each position, just one move, so finding the unsettled position is vital.  If you want to see how it is done check this video – click here to watch
The book is available for sale at http://club.artofgo.org/product/diabolical-volume-1/ – there are also a couple of problems for you to try before you buy.
A copy of the book is $19.95 plus $5 postage and packing within Australia. Overseas shipping from our friends at Australia Post is expensive, over $20 for the postage alone.
Note: All profits from the book are donated to the Australian Go Association to help pay for Live Lessons and other projects.
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Live Pro Lessons 2021

An Younggil 8P will teach Friday evenings from 22nd Jan 2021 to the 1st week of August 2021, in addition, there will be SDK/DDK Live Lessons presented by AGA Dan players over the same period normally presented on a Monday evening.

The lessons are not like a scripted YouTube video, people attending are encouraged to ask questions, supply games for comments and  actively participate in the learning process.

These are self-funded lessons and available to sustaining members only (basically, the people who pay get the lessons).  To join the AGA as a sustaining member please visit the AGA shop

Details of the weekly lessons will be email to all who qualify by the AGA Publicity Officer.

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Charity Go Tournament

A charity Go Tournament in support of the eradication of poliomyelitis is being organised in Europe.  Registrations are mainly from Europe, America and Asia but the event is open to all. There are prizes for individuals as well as for the best city team as well.

This is the first tournament of its kind – the organisers web site is  https://www.dgob.de/wettbewerbe/end-polio-now.

Registration is open and the tournament will start on the 16th january 2021.

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Benefits of AGA membership

As an AGA member you are eligible for AGA Representative points (rep points) so you could represent Australia at an International tournament. Please visit http://australiango.asn.au/knowledge-base/ratings-and-rep-points/ for details.

The AGA will email news of events and other information periodically. Information about clubs, events, tournament, Go news etc. can be found at http://australiango.asn.au/

The Australian Go Association provides learning materials which are delivered by various means. We have a YouTube channel with video lessons www.youtube.com/channel/UCciRBKCCDDK4eJd1-ARsOWQ

There are learning materials aimed at beginners and DDK players at www.forum.artofgo.org

The National Club uses various Internet technologies to enable players across Australia to find each other and/or a teacher. Details of the club and how to join are at http://club.artofgo.org/

The AGA has a premium service for Sustaining members which gives access to weekly lessons (generally two each week) aimed at players from beginner to Dan level. Details can be found at http://australiango.asn.au/clubs/national/

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Donations – Thank you

On behalf of all Australian Go players I would like to thank David Bofinger and Neville Smythe for their generous donations supporting the 2021 Live Lesson program.

Live Lessons are presented twice a week by the AGA national coach Younggil An 8P and other strong Australian Go players with topics suitable for all level of player including beginners.

Live Lessons are delivered using Zoom teleconferencing and attendees are encouraged to ask questions and contribute – it is not like watching a YouTube video.

The 2020 program is very generously supported by the Korean Baduk Association but in 2021 we have to fund the lessons ourselves. So, the 2021 Live lesson schedule is being financed through individual donations and from AGA Sustaining membership fees.

The Live Lesson schedule for 2021 starts in mid-January runs until the end of May and will be accessible to AGA Sustaining members.  The schedule of Live Lessons will be extended further if there are further donations or more enrollments of Sustaining members.

Sustaining members pay $80 for a year – if you are looking for a value proposition, there are close to 40 lessons already scheduled so that is slightly over $2 per lesson. You can join as a Sustaining member or make a donation on this website.

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2020 AGA AGM

Details of the 2020 AGM have been emailed to all members – if you have not recieved a copy, please email …   or you can view the documents here

Members are urged to read the documents and vote using the form provided.  The dead-line for votes is 31st October 2020.

If you did not recieve the email, the documents and ballot paper are here

Tournaments

8th China Mind Sport Cultural Exposition

The China Qiyuan Hangzhou Branch is organising the 8th China Mind Sport Cultural Exposition which includes the 1st Jinqiao Guolv Cup Weiqi Tournament.  The event will take place between September 15th to October 15th 2020.

The tournament will be held using the Tygem Go server.  The winners will receive significant prizes including teaching games from top professional players.

For details and entry forms you can visit https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/NYMdW3uxkmfLwNliZhhyxw

The tournament organisers put great value in the integrity of the tournament and consider any breaches of trust a serious matter.  Use of AI engines or other artificial intelligence engines is totally unacceptable.  The Australian Go Association strongly advise anybody entering the tournament to adopt the following practices:

  • For each game, a player must set up a video camera (or smart phone) and record each game as it is played.
  • The video content must cover the side of the room with the computer and surroundings and be uninterrupted for the whole game.
  • The computer application (Tygem, WBaduk, OGS, KGS etc) must have the sound of the stones being played turned on and the recording must include sound.
  • The player must not wear a headset of have other communication devices in the same room.
  • Each video recording must be kept for at least 1 week after the end of the tournament.
  • If requested by the Tournament Director or Tournament Referee the player must supply the original unedited video.