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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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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

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AGAnews emails

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 secretary@australiango.asn.au with your name, AGA id and email account and we will investigate.

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2020 Korean Prime Minister’s Cup

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/

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Live Pro Lessons Update

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.