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.
The 2020 Digital tournament is being held in November/December 2020. Full details at https://australiango.asn.au/event/2020-digital-tournament/
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
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.
Details of the AGA Zoom lessons are going to junk folders – if you are a current member and are not getting the weekly emails, please check your junk folder. If the email is not there, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, AGA id and email account and we will investigate.
Jay Rie is the Australian representative at the 2020 Korean Prime Minister’s Cup which is being held on-line for the first time due to Covid-19 concerns.
The first three rounds will be played on the Tygem server. Jay Rie’s playing name on Tygem is “Rie” (with a capital R).
The game schedule is:
Round 1 – August. 5th, 10am
Round 2 – August. 8th, 10am
Round 3 – August 12th, 10am
Spectators will need a Tygem account and software to watch live – the URL to register and get the software is http://www.tygemgo.com/
Thanks to the support of the Korean Baduk Association, An Younggil 8P and local Dan players have been teaching live classes twice a week to Australian Go players in last half of 2020. The generous sponsorship finishes at the end of the year but the AGA wants the lessons to continue, and so do those that have attended.
With no sponsorship for 2021 the AGA will fund as many Live Lessons’ as it can using funds from Sustaining members and donations, normal membership fees will not be used to fund the lessons. Obviously only those paying for the lessons will be invited to attend – so if you want to join in, please join as a Sustaining Member.
Right now, An Younggil will teach Friday evenings from 22nd Jan 2021 to the end of May 2021, in addition, there will be SDK/DDK Live Lessons presented by AGA Dan players over the same period.
This means any Sustaining member will have access to a minimum 18 pro lessons and 18 other lessons for $80 if they join now – approx $2 per lesson, not a bad value proposition.
Full and other members will not have access – sorry, but we need your financial support for the lessons to continue.
The following is a list of Online clubs created to contend with the Covid-19 emergency and associated social distancing regulations.
Canberra Go Club
During the Covid-19 pandemic the Canberra Go Club will meet on the OGS online server using Discord for improved social interaction. For details please contact Neville Smythe at Neville.Smythe@optusnet.com.au.
The USYD Go Society is trying out weekly meetings every Wednesday 12-2pm. We use Discord for communication and have an OGS group for playing games. The Discord server link is here. If you would like to play, connect and ask people on Discord.
Queensland Go Society
All clubs under the QGS umbrella have a room on the QGS Discord. Non-Queensland players are completely welcome – pop on and see if anyone is interested in a game, or just to chat.
The 2019 Australian Go Championships will be held in Melbourne over the weekend of December 7th and 8th. The AGA’s annual general meeting will be held on Saturday at the same venue.
Details of the championships can be found at https://australiango.asn.au/event/2019-aga-national-championships/
The 2020 Australian Go Congress has been cancelled due to large numbers of players withdrawing over fears of the coronavirus.