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!
We’ve come far since the original launch of Nordic Go Academy back in 2011 June. The KGS program has gone through several different phases and finally got forged into what it is now. It is thanks to our students that now we can take the next big step.
Nordic Go Academy, general partnership, was established in February 2013.
We are now a legal company in Finland, which opens many opportunities to grow the program even more. On the other side, we’ve become liable to Finnish taxation, which can be slightly negative for our students. We haven’t had the chance to explore smart pricing models in detail yet, so for now we are just upping the price of the program by 5€ starting March.
For our first expansion, I am glad to announce Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp 2013, held in July. We’ve got a very nice site and are excited about the camp. I warmly invite everyone to attend! For our non-Finn students, it’s an opportunity to meet the teachers in real life and receive direct teaching, in a good environment beneficial for your learning. Feel free to ask any questions from us teachers!
I renovated the NGA website quite heavily today. All old’ish information has been updated to match the current program. I also felt several pages were a bit wall-of-texty, so I rewrote some parts and made them clearer. Several pages now feature a color theme, which should also make the pages easier to view.
The front page is changed to provide a short summary of the program, for easier access to the site for new guests. Also don’t miss the Prizes-section!
Happy new year to everybody! Year 2012 saw its pinnacle for NGA with the Finnish championship final that was held between two of our teachers, Tien and Namii, on December 29. The best of three final was broadcast live on KGS, and proved to be good entertainment for the observers. Finally, Tien took the championship by winning the first game by resignation, and the second game by half a point. Game 1 is downloadable here and game 2 is downloadable here.
NGA January is starting this week—there is time to register until Thursday evening. The general content is fairly normal, but we are introducing a few changes to keep things abuzz.
- As usual, we’re holding four lectures and two simultaneous games.
- We’re having a background tournament, similar to what we had last July. The players who opt for it play one tournament game a week, with reduced handicaps (one stone’s difference translates to six points reduction in komi, and the stronger player takes white). The winner of the tournament receives a 10e discount for further NGA studies. Once a player loses a game, they drop out of the tournament and continue with regular NGA training games.
- We’re holding A and B class tsumego competitions as usual, with 10e discounts each as the main prizes.
- We’re introducing a new “coaching option”. In addition to having option 1, 2 or 3, by paying 10 euro extra one can apply for the coaching option, which contains two biweekly summaries by Jeff on how your play in general is going (what are the strong and weak points, why some games were won and lost), and what you should do in the future to improve as efficiently as possible. The coaching option is recommended for players who are really serious about studying go and improving. You can opt for coaching by contacting one of our teachers, or by checking the coaching radio box in the online registration form.
Tien is currently working on translating his bachelor’s thesis to English, which will be publicly available from Go of Ten. The subject of the thesis is how expertise develops, which should be a fairly interesting read for serious go players.
We’re hoping to see you in January!