This year the 43rd Australian Open and the 6th Australian Digital Championship will be a combined tournament due to Covid regulations. The AGA Committee, and I am sure all AGA members owe a huge “thank you” to Horatio Davis and Allan Hunt for taking on this task. With luck this will be a temporary measure and we will revert to the customary tournament form next year.
The tournament is on the Internet in seven rounds, one game per week. Results are due by midnight each Sunday by email. The draw for the next round (opponent, colour, handicap) will be sent out by midday Monday. Each competitor is to contact their opponent, sort out a time, play the game online, email the result and the game record to the tournament director. The tournament is an Australian Swiss draw in three divisions, open (2k to 7d), upper handicap (2d to 10k, up to nine stones), and lower handicap (10k to 30k, up to nine stones) using Australian (Japanese) rules. There is no entry fee.
Young Sun Yoon 8p and Yeon Woo Cho 2p have launched the “Awesome Baduk” video Go platform.
Following on from their YouTube channels and researching how to teach in a fun and systematic way, they have decided to create a video Go website. The aim in simple – to motivate Go players to improve their skills and have fun.
Currently, you can use our site for free for one month. If you come to our Discord group, you can communicate with many Baduk players and share a lot of information.
Up and coming events include a streaming game comment at 15:00 (German time) and the 1st Awesome Baduk Tournament. Full details can be found on the website and you can also get more on Discord and Twitch.
Website – www.awesomebaduk.com
Discord – https://discord.gg/PYY9wNXa
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/awesomebaduk?sr=a
Tournaments have been held in Australia for many years but the results disappear in mists of time. Neville Smythe has done a Herculean job collecting all of the results and putting them on this website. Check out our documents page for all the results from the good old days.
David Mitchell has worked with TsumeGo Hero over the past month and we are pleased to announce there is now a collection of 10 “Diabolical” problems on the site.
TsumeGo Hero is a great platform for studying and practicing life and death skills. The “Diabolical” problems are not easy. Each problem consists of four or more positions on the board. Just one is unsettled; killing a dead group or living with a live group is a waste of a move and clearly wrong.
An Younggil 8P will teach every Friday evening until the end of the year thanks to sponsorship from the Korean Baduk Association. In addition, there will be an online meeting every Monday from 7:30pm where players can arrange games and there will be discussion and lessons presented by AGA Dan players.
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.
Details of the weekly lessons will be email to all AGA members by the AGA Publicity Officer.
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.
Just a reminder that Allan Hunt’s 2020 Australian Go Census is live and in desperate need of your information! This is extremely useful for Go organsiers to know who is playing, where, and what they want! (In general terms, the census is totally anonymous).
You can complete Allan’s survey by clicking here
As an AGA member you are eligible for AGA Representative points (rep points) so you could represent Australia at an International tournament. Please visit https://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 https://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 https://australiango.asn.au/clubs/national/