Notice is hereby given that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Go Association Inc will be held at midday Saturday 3rd December at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde, NSW, 2114.
All members are encouraged to attend and vote on the following matters at the meeting.
1. Reading of the minutes of the previous AGM – Document attached with this notice.
2. Reading of the Secretary-General’s report – Document attached with this notice.
3. Reading of the Treasurer’s report, including P&L and Balance Sheet – Documents attached with this notice.
4. Nominations for President – Raphael Shin.
5. Nominations for vice-President – Neville Smythe.
6. Nominations for Treasurer – James Kaaden.
7. Nominations for Secretary-General & DFT Public Officer – David Mitchell.
8. Nominations for Membership registrar – Neville Smythe.
9. Nominations for 5 committee members – An Younggil; Erli Qiu; Peter Simpson, Amy Song & Colton Tinkey.
10. Nominations for National Coach (ex-officio) – An Younggil 8P.
11. Location of 2023 National Championships & AGM.
12. Any other business.
Please note: All AGA members as at 1st November were sent an email with the above details and other documents. If you are an AGA member and did not get the email, please check your junk folder – if you cannot find the message, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
The 2022 Australian National Championships will be held in the Sports Lounge at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club (117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde, NSW, 2114) on the weekend of December 3rd & 4th 2022 commencing at 10:00am.
The main tournament will consist of the following divisions.
The Open division is for strong dan players; there will be six games over two days. All games are even. This division is recommended for 5 dan players and above.
The Dan Handicap division is recommended for players 2 kyu to 5 dan, there will be six handicap games over two days.
The Kyu Handicap division is limited to kyu players, there will be six handicap games over two days.
Please note: In handicap divisions the maximum handicap is 9 stones.
The full entry fee for the Open, Dan and Kyu handicap is $60 with a concession rate of $40. Note: a late fee of $20 will be charge for people paying on the day.
In addition to the main tournament there will be:
The Annual General Meeting of the AGA at midday Saturday 3rd December.
A Lightning Tournament will be held on Saturday evening starting around 6:00pm.
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.
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://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/
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 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 following information is a guide based on 2018 Go Tournaments. There is no guarantee the events will be held at the same time as the exact dates of tournaments and details are not yet available but this may help plan your calendar. The Events page is updated when full details are available.