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.
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.
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.
An Younggil’s Live lesson videos are available on YouTube – click here for the 2023 playlist; click here for the 2022 play list; click here for the 2021 play list.
As an AGA member you are eligible for AGA Representative points (rep points) so you could represent Australia at an International tournament. Please click here for details.
The AGA will email news of events and other information periodically. Information about clubs, events, tournament, Go news are published on this site.
The Australian Go Association provides learning materials which are delivered by various means. We have a YouTube channel with video lessons from the Go Congress and other ad-hoc sources please click here for the play list.
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
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/