[ANN] 4th ASR Lecture on Wed 23rd April

Advanced Study Room in KGSThis Wednesday (that is, April 23rd, which also happens to be World Book Day and Saint George in most countries) Juri Kuronen (namii) will hold a free lecture in the Advanced Study Room in KGS. The time will be 18:00 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 “Fuseki – What is Urgent?”.

You can check previously held ASR lectures, too:

NGA March 2014 aftermath

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.

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Nordic Go Academy has a new teacher, Miao (aka Lukas Krämer 6d)

Lukas Kraemer

This is Miao (Lukas Krämer,) new teacher!

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.

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9×9 Go Has Been Solved

Chicken playing 9x9 go: Nordic Go Academy

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

If you are looking for a 9×9 go board to teach your chicken, cat or friends some go, check this one from GoGameGuru.com. And if you are looking to improve your go, join us!

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The third NGA-ASR lecture

The NGA held its third public lecture in the Advanced Study Room on KGS on Saturday, 15th March 2014. This time Jeff exposed the first part of “Judging results of a joseki/exchange” Around 200 observers were present watching the lecture. The cleaned-up lecture content file can be downloaded from here.

The second NGA-ASR lecture

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 January 2014 aftermath

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!

A class tsumegoB class tsumego

Summer Camp 2014 registration is open!

We’ve opened the registration for the 2014 Summer Camp and put the information website up. Check it here!

First promotion lecture for the ASR!

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.

Reviewing services

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. We’ll be considering several other improvements in the near future. Stay tuned!