Sign up for the Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp is open!

Nordic Go Academy Logo We are proud to announce that for the third year in a row we are holding the Nordic Go Academy Summer Camp in Espoo, Finland. It will be a wonderful week (from Friday 17th July to Friday 24th July) including lectures, games among participants, sightseeing in Helsinki and a lot of sauna time. The camp will take place (as the previous years) at the Luukki camping center. You can see pictures of the place as well as account of last year’s camp here: Summer Camp 2014.

The participation fee (full time) is 175€. You can come for less days, in this case you can contact us for a special price. The fee includes teaching, dorm accommodation and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner.) In a standard day you’ll spend between 6 and 8 hours on scheduled go activities (lectures in the morning, tsumego throughout the day and games in the afternoon.) Also, there will be a open tournament on Thursday 23rd to gauge your improvement and have a good time with Finnish players that could not make it to the full camp.

You can find more details and sign up here.

NGA October Aftermath

NGA’s October program is already over! NGA November will be the last month with our current format. December is holiday month off, and from January on we will have a new format. Stay tuned for the changes!

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NGA August 2014 Aftermath

NGA’s August program is officially over. A slow month, as was to be expected with 18 participants, 3 of them new to the Nordic Go Academy. There are not that many things to report about August except for NGA results and the European Go Congress details: Lukas ended 21st (6 wins, 4 losses) and Juri ended 27th (also 6 wins and 4 losses.) Several NGA or former NGA members also took place in the congress and got quite good results. Congrats!
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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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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 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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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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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