Summer Camp Report, NGA September…

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It took us quite a little bit, but we now have a pretty long report about how much fun we had in the Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp 2014. Take a read, enjoy the pictures and consider joining us for next year. No knowledge of Finnish required :D

Registration deadline for the SeptemberNGA program is next Wednesday (3rd September.) So, if you want to join for the month, hurry up and do it now!

NGA June 2014 Aftermath (yes, a little late, we know :D)

NGA’s June program is quite obviously finished, that month we had 20 participants. Of course, no longer June: we’ve had the Summer Camp (are you interested in going next year? Let us know!) and were pretty busy during the time (some teaching, some organising, some eating and taking saunas, some go activities too, sure :D ) And afterwards, European Go Congress in Sibiu, Romania.
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[ANN] 6th ASR Lecture on Sat 14th June

Advanced Study Room in KGSNext Saturday (that is, June 14th) Su Yang (Jeff) will hold a free lecture in the Advanced Study Room in KGS. The time will be 6:00 PM UTC, you can check what this is in your local time by clicking here or adding the event from the activity calendar to your calendar.

This will be the second part of Jeff’s lecture from March, Judging results of a joseki/exchange.

You can check previously held ASR lectures below:

NGA May 2014 Aftermath, Badges and Go Seigen’s birthday

NGA’s May program has just finished, this time with 22 participants. Remember that the Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp 2014 is almost here. There’s still time to register, so hurry up! It’s the best way to prepare for the European Go Congress of this year (Sibiu, in Romania) or just enjoy some relaxing holidays with sauna, lake and lots of go.

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NGA 2014 Summer Camp is Almost Here!

Nordic Go Academy Logo June is almost here, and this means that in less than two months our 2nd Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp will start. And you may think…

What’s so cool about this Summer Camp you are talking about?

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[ANN] 5th ASR Lecture on Mon 19th May

Advanced Study Room in KGSNext Monday (that is, May 19th) Antti Törmänen (Tien) will hold a free lecture in the Advanced Study Room in KGS. The time will be 1:00 AM UTC, you can check what this is in your local time by clicking here or adding the event from the activity calendar to your calendar.

The subject will be “Sabaki”. And, what is exactly this mythical and elusive beast? In words of our teacher,

Sabaki can be translated to flexible, efficient handling of a local situation where the opponent has stronger shape. It’s a term commonly used when handling invasions, from the viewpoint of the invading player. While attacking skills are important when trying to benefit from attacking the opponent, sabaki skills are important to get a benefit when being attacked by an opponent.

If you need more motivation to attend this lecture, heed the words of  Toshiro Kageyama:

…the enjoyment of watching the lone hero beat down a horde of enemy swordsmen never changed, no matter how often seen. It was just like watching one stone enter an enemy framework the moment before it became actual territory and stand the enemy stones that rushed to capture it on their heads.

Toshiro Kageyama, Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go

You can check previously held ASR lectures, too:

Juri Kuronen invited to the 1st European Pro Qualification

Juri Kuronen invited to the 1st European Pro Qualification EventOur teacher Namii (Juri Kuronen) has been invited by the European Go Federation to take part in the 1st European Pro Qualification. This is a joint effort of the EGF together with the sponsor CEGO to create the figure of the European Pro player, a figure that will have some interesting advantages in Europe regarding go and teaching. Now he has ahead of him some of the best European players and also a pretty full schedule with University exams. Go Juri!

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NGA April 2014 Aftermath

NGA’s April program has just finished, this time with 30 participants. Remember that the Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp 2014 is fast approaching: join soon before plane tickets raise prices! It’s the best way to prepare for the European Go Congress of this year (Sibiu, in Romania) or just enjoy some relaxing holidays with sauna, lake and lots of go.

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Antti Törmänen as insei: Interview

Antti Törmänen is one of the teachers at the NGA, currently training as an insei (student trying to become a pro go player) in Japan. Since this past week he had holidays for the Golden Week in Japan, I grabbed the opportunity to ask him some questions about go, insei life and his plans.

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The fourth NGA-ASR lecture

Nordic Go Academy Fuseki LessonNamii gave the fourth public lecture of the Nordic Go Academy in the Advanced Study Room on KGS on Wednesday, 23rd April 2014. The theme was “Fuseki – What is urgent?” You can download a slightly cleaned up version from here or watch a live recording (the lesson was typed, so there’s no audio) below. You can view the video full-screen or watch in Vimeo in HD.

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