NGA’s March has just finished, again beating the previous participation record. This month we had 33 participants, versus the previous record of 28 just the month before, February. You still have time to join for April and help us make it the largest month ever! The deadline for registration is Wednesday 9 April at 19:00 CEST.
We are very happy to introduce you our new teacher, Miao. Of course, he is also known as Lukas Krämer (also written as Kraemer.) He is an EGF 6d, and current German Champion. He will start reviewing Nordic Go Academy games and giving NGA lectures soon. To let us know him a little better beforehand, we have asked him a few questions.
A team of researchers at the University of Brightloch have just announced this incredible result. After our surprise, we asked them how they did it. This is their answer:
Our methodology has been motivated by the recent improvements in computer play by Montecarlo algorithms. If a computer can play at random and play good games, what prevents a more powerful device (like a brain) to do something similar?
Thus we picked a team of 100000 chickens and taught them to play go. It was hard in the beginning, but once a few knew how to play they started teaching others. After a couple months all were playing as 30k players and we set them loose in a field filled with 9×9 go boards and bowls with stones. Also some grain and water.
A month later all chicken were gone, and the same position was repeated in all boards: perfect play for 9×9 go, white wins by 0.5 points with 7.5 komi. The chicken had also left a claw-written piece of paper saying
So long, and thanks for all the grain
The NGA held its second public lecture in the Advanced Study Room on KGS on Saturday, 15 February 2014. This time Antti prepared the content and held the lecture, which was themed “To pincer or not to pincer?” A good 200 observers were present watching the show. The cleaned-up lecture content file can be downloaded from here.
NGA’s January program 2014 concluded a few weeks ago. While the month had been the biggest one so far for NGA, with its 25 participants, the record was actually immediately renewed in February to 28 participants!
January’s A tournament was won by goantti, 4 dan, and the B tournament by jnalanko, 3 kyu. The A tsumego competition’s first place went to Lauri, 4 dan, and the B tsumego competition’s first place to Kery, 6 kyu. Congratulations to all the winners!
Shown below are one sample each from the A and B tsumego packages. When you’ve given them some thought, you may check your answers from this sgf file! Additionally, as a bonus, here is a cleaned-up sample lecture file!
We’ve opened the registration for the 2014 Summer Camp and put the information website up. Check it here!
NGA held its first promotion lecture for ASR today. The topic was ‘invasions’, and I had picked two common positions for discussion. The lecture file can be found here, or alternatively you can find it under Namii’s nick on KGS.
One of our first changes for 2014 is that we are now providing reviewing services! It is designed especially for those who do not have the time to participate in our league, but would still like to receive commentaries for their games.
We are also reintroducing the simultaneous lesson games, with one being held in January. Besides these two changes, we’ve got a lot of excellent suggestions and feedback for a bunch of minor improvements to the program.
As for something major, we are considering relatively big changes starting March. Stay tuned!
The Nordic Go Academy is happy to announce the NGA summer camp 2014! While most of the practicalities relating to the summer camp are still undecided, we may share with you the following:
- The camp is held on 12-20 July 2014
- The venue of the camp is the same as in 2013; see the 2013 summer camp report for more
- From what we’ve heard, the venue will be renovated for 2014, with for example improved sauna facilities
- The camp will follow a similar format as in 2013
The Nordic Go Academy is currently on Christmas holiday, with January’s program starting on January 4. A survey was conducted recently on several handpicked students, and after the results have been analyzed, changes in the program may be introduced from February on.
Meanwhile, Antti compiled a report on the NGA summer camp, held from 15 to 27 July 2013. Read it here!