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 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!

Summer camp 2014

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
More information about the camp will be published soon!

Christmas break and summer camp report

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!

Nordic Go Academy, general partnership & Summer Camp Announcement

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!