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Date:2012-03-06 19:15
Subject:Go Tournaments
Mood: excited

Finally! The Cotsen, this year to be known as the “Cotsen Go Tournament and Pro Qualifier,” is set for April 28-29 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles’ Mid-Wilshire District (in California USA). The detailed arrangements are still being worked out, so you can’t register yet, but the date is set and the venue booked. The tournament will feature all elements of the previous Cotsen Tournaments… tough competition, Mr. Yang 7p, good prizes, cool trophies, neck massage and good food… but with two additional features this year. One is that the open section will choose at least one player to play in the AGA’s first ever Pro Certification tournament in North Carolina in August. The other is that, as a gift to the US go community, the KBA is sending a VIP delegation including either three or four professionals who will do simultaneous games, game reviews and commentary with the players.

I'm thinking this is going to be the best Cotsen ever!

Until the registration is set up, you can post questions here or email Andrew Okun.

More info here:

Also, see: http://goban.livejournal.com/24819.html for info on the Woodland Hills CA Go Group Tournament, March 10, 2012

For other US tournament info, see:

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Date:2012-03-06 18:47
Subject:Go Tournaments

This coming Saturday is the ratings tournament in Woodland Hills CA USA.
Contact Joe Walters < http://www.meetup.com/Yu-Go-Club/members/9838478/ > and email: < walters.jg (at) gmail dot com > to RSVP or ask questions.

Details below:

The Woodland Hills Go Group Tournament is March 10, 2012

The Woodland Hills Go Group invites you to participate in their first ratings tournament, to be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Westfield Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills, California USA.

It will be a self-paired tournament consisting of a minimum of 3 games. While we have no plans for prizes of any significant value, you will enjoy bragging rights, AGA ratings, and a lot of fun.

There is no fee for playing in the tournament. However, you must either be an AGA member in good standing (paid up at time of playing), or pay a one-time AGA tournament privilege fee of $10. Non-AGA members can join the AGA through their home clubs at a discounted price of $15 for a one-year membership. If you don't belong to an AGA chapter you can join through the Woodland Hills Go Group, which is a chapter of the American Go Assoc.

You may play anyone you like at the tournament, but there is a maximum 3 stone handicap. You and your opponent must agree upon the handicap before the game starts. AGA tournament rules will apply. You can find them here:

For the address of and directions to the Westfield Promenade, see their website: http://www.westfield.com/topanga/directions

The tournament will be held in the upstairs area of the food court, right by the AMC movie theater. You can’t miss it: just go into the food court and look up.

Please reply to this email to RSVP so we can get a count to make sure we reserve enough room to accommodate all the games.




TOURNAMENT FEE: NONE FOR AGA MEMBERS, $10 if you are NOT a member of the AGA.


Also, see: http://goban.livejournal.com/24909.html for the “Cotsen Go Tournament and Pro Qualifier” (April 28-29) announcement!

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Date:2011-09-14 23:03
Mood: excited

There is a new way to find Go players living in your corner of the world:
- check it out!

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Date:2011-08-01 22:17
Subject:Go Tournaments
Mood: excited

This week is the week of the US Go Conference in Santa-Barbara CA USA!
- A whole week of GO!!!!!

More info here:

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Date:2011-05-29 18:02
Subject:Go Tournaments
Mood: excited

The California Santa Monica Go Club is pleased to announce:
the 5th Annual "Santa Monica Coffee Cup" Go Tournament

Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where: UnUrban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, USA

This year's theme color is Orange.

There is an absolute limit of 50 players so pre-registration is essential. The tournament fee is $10, plus AGA membership or renewal if necessary. Send an e-mail to Andy Okun with your name and AGA number if you have one.

The tournament will be three rounds, AGA rated, with Japanese rules. The TD will be Joe Cepiel. Handicaps ordinary unless Joe decides otherwise, except in the open section, where the games will be even.

Check in by 9:30 a.m.

Rounds at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Let me know if you need more info!
p.s. I'm hoping Eric Cotsen will attend! - and my Go teacher Jon!!!

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Date:2011-02-08 00:02
Subject:Go Tournaments
Mood: excited

Go Tournaments on "Boston Massacre Day" (March 5th):

Chicago, IL, United States
A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery
Each player receives a free copy of O Rissei's Catching Scent of Victory, thanks to Hinoki Press.
Bob Barber < komoku@earthlink.net >
Mark Rubenstein < mark@easyaspi.com >

Alhambra (just east of LA), CA, United States
2011 Southern Cal Championship & NAIM Qualifier
March 5th AND 6th
$2000 Total Award. $600 to the winner of Open Section
Kevin Chao < pogychao@yahoo.com >

And the BIG upcoming USA Go event:
The 2011 Go Congress will be in Santa Barbara, CA (98 miles North of LA) from July 30 to August 7, 2011.

More info here:

If you want more info about any of the above, just let me know.

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Date:2010-11-05 19:27
Subject:Wei-Chi (aka Go, Baduk, Weiqi, Igo and Paduk)
Mood: excited

Hello WeiQi / Go / Baduk Players!

Since it has been a long time since I (or anybody else) has posted here, I am forwarding the below info. Even if you are not in the LA area and can not make this event, this post might remind somebody this community is still here and get somebody to post something new. :)

Take care,


It gives me great pleasure to announce that the congenial Tadashi Sasaki, 8-dan professional go player of the Japan Go Association (Nihon Kiin) will give us two separate teaching events next week in Los Angeles as part of his personal West Coast tour. Both events will feature simultaneous 3 on 1 games with Sasaki Sensei to the extent that time permits, followed by an analysis of your games (either the ones played with him, or others that you have an accurate record of). While not involved in a teaching game you are free to watch, or play a game with others which you could have analyzed later. Those who have attended his lectures at the Go Congress or at previous workshops he has given in Washington and Los Angeles will testify to his straightforward answers to questions and his gentle sense of humor. His comments are useful for all levels of go strength.

The first event begins at 7pm, Tuesday, November 9th at the usual meeting place of the Santa Monica Go Club, the Unurban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405,corner of Urban Ave. (near 33rd St.) and Pico Blvd (310) 315-0056. There is no charge for members of the Santa Monica Go Club, and $10 for others. There may be a nominal surcharge for playing Sensei as opposed to merely participating in all the other activities.

The second event begins at 7pm, Wednesday, November 10th, at the Basement Level of the New Gardena Hotel,1641 West Redondo Beach Blvd # 1, Gardena, CA 90247 (310) 327-5757. The charge for attendance is $20 per person. There may or may not be a nominal surcharge for playing a teaching game with Sensei.
We will know more later.

If you want to be included in the number of persons playing a teaching game with Sensei, your chances are better if you come early.

These activities have been organized by Andy Okun, Tom Oki of the New Gardena Hotel, Joe Cepiel of the Santa Monica Go Club and others.

For further information about the events, or associated optional activities, such as sight-seeing, dinner, etc. please contact me.

Richard Dolen

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Date:2010-01-14 18:28
Subject:Wei-Chi (aka Go and Baduk) Championship
Mood: excited

> Dear Go Players:
> The 2010 Southern California Go Championship Tournament &
> US Youth Championship Qualifier event will be held on
> Saturday Feb 20 and Sunday Feb 21.
> Location: 3000 W Valley Blvd Alhambra, CA 91803
> $2000 Total Award.
> $500 Award to the Open Section Winner.
> Hope to see all you there.
> Kevin Chao
> Orange County Chapter.

If you need more info let me know!
I hope to be there and it would be great to see you there too!

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Date:2009-12-26 00:36
Subject:Go for Ipod Touch and Phone

Here are some Go Apps compatible with Ipod Touch and IPhone. I stopped at page 94. There is 131 pages of games to browse. Now some of these apps are free, some aren't. Enjoy.



If you have other ipods like fifth gen, you'll have to search the games section yourself. Since I have ipod touch, only ipod touch compatible games came up in my search.

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Date:2009-11-25 18:50
Subject:Obama gives Wei-Chi board (Go Ban) to Hu Jintao
Mood: excited

Check it out!

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Date:2009-07-06 22:50
Subject:Computers get better at the Game of Go (aka Wei-Chi and Baduk)
Mood: hopeful

And the debate goes on:

An Ancient Game Computers Can't Master (Note Date written: March 31, 2007, now TWO YEARS old!)
- by Jan Newton

Humans No Match for Go Bot Overlords (Wired Magazine)
- By Brandon Keim
March 10, 2009

For the last two decades, human cognitive superiority had a distinctive sound: the soft click of stones placed on a wooden Go board. But once again, artificial intelligence is asserting its domination over gray matter.

Just a few years ago, the best Go programs were routinely beaten by skilled children, even when given a head start. Artificial intelligence researchers routinely said that computers capable of beating our best were literally unthinkable. And so it was. Until now...

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Date:2009-06-02 00:55
Subject:Find a Go Club near you!

Find a Go Club near you!

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Date:2009-02-17 19:26
Subject:Computers get better at the Game of Go (aka Wei-Chi and Baduk)
Mood: excited

Written by Ewen Callaway, online reporter for NewScientist

Go (the Asian board game once thought too complex for computers to master) is finally succumbing to silicon power. Today at AAAS, a computer program bested an American professional.

The loser, James Kerwin, played against an opponent with a sizable handicap, but computer programs are getting better by the week, says Robert Hearn, a mathematician at Dartmouth University in Hanover, New Hampshire. Based on predictable advances in computing power, he rockons that a program will beat the best professional Go players on even footing within 28 years.

"A lot of people have thought of Go as the last bastion of human superiority over computers, at least as far as board games go," Hearn said. "Previous to this no one would have imagined that a computer would be able to beat a professional."

Go is played widely in Asia and holds a far more important position there than chess does in the West, said Elwyn Berlekamp, another mathematician who studies the game, based at the University of California in Berkeley.

The game is played by two players who place black and white stones on a 19-by-19 square board. Players alternate turns placing a stone on the board, and the goal is to encircle another player's stones to the point where she has no moves left.

Because there are about 10^171 possible games of Go, computers applying the same approach that has lead to their superiority in chess and checkers - mapping out every possible move at each point in a game - fail miserably, Hearn said. A chess game has 10^50 possibilities, a checkers game just 10^20.

However, a new mathematical approach called a Monte Carlo simulation has changed everything. In a Monte Carlo simulation a computer plays numerous random games of Go, but applies knowledge from previous games to future games. This allows the computer to rule out huge swaths of real estate on the Go board and concentrate its computing power on the best moves, Hearn said.

Professional Go players know their reign will soon end...

More info here:

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Date:2008-11-14 12:02
Subject:Baduk ( Wei-Chi / Go ) tournament
Mood: excited

Sorry for the late notice, but I just received word of a Baduk ( Wei-Chi / Go ) tournament to be held this week-end at the LA Baduk/Go Club. This seems like it ought to be a great event and worth supporting. $4,000 in prizes! Among other things, it is sponsored by the Korea Times and we’d love to show them a great turnout. I can email you a flyer and below is some of the text.


Korean American Baduk Association
740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 210-9850 eMail: fontius2000@yahoo.com

RE: Baduk Tournament hosted by The Korea Times

The Baduk Tournament to be held from November 15, 2008 (Sat) until November 16, 2008(Sun). The information regarding the Baduk Tournament is as follows:

Myung In Tournament (Hosted by The Korea Times)

Group: Open Handicap A Handicap B

Prize Approximately $4,000 in aggregate sum

Date: November 15 (Sat) and 16 (Sun), 2008
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Place: Los Angeles Baduk(GO) Club
740 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Participation Fee: $30

Contact: Gary Choi (213) 386-5626 or Jason Lee (818) 919-5407

***Free dinner with a souvenir will be served on Sunday Night***

Note The ratings for all participants will be determined through the Operation Committee’s own process evaluating each participant’s level.

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Date:2008-10-14 13:13
Subject:New Go club in Hampton Roads, VA, USA

New Go club in Hampton Roads, VA, USA. You can find us at http://hamptonroadsgoclub.ning.com

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Date:2008-10-12 00:29
Mood: hopeful

Does anybody here play Go on KGS?
I play there as "Sighris".

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Date:2007-12-13 19:40
Subject:Wei-Chi (aka Go, Igo & Baduk)
Mood: impressed

Note to self (and others):
In order for an invasion into a bulky 5 space (eye) to work you must play on the center point (obviously, to prevent your opponent from getting two eyes) AND YOU MUST HAVE EIGHT (8!) LIBERTIES even though they will only have four liberties left after your invasion! Who would have thought you would need TWICE as many as they?!? ( It might seem crazy but it is true. :)

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Date:2007-10-31 21:48
Subject:Creating a better Go Program (an article by IEEE)
Mood: impressed

Cracking GO By Feng - Hsiung Hsu
First Published October 2007 < http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/oct07/5552 >

Brute-force computation has eclipsed humans in chess, and it could soon do the same in this ancient Asian game

In 1957, Herbert A. Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and later a Nobel Laureate in economics, predicted that in 10 years a computer would surpass humans in what was then regarded as the premier battleground of wits: the game of chess. Though the project took four times as long as he expected, in 1997 my colleagues and I at IBM fielded a computer called Deep Blue that defeated Garry Kasparov, the highest-rated chess player ever.
You might have thought that we had finally put the question to rest—but no. Many people argued that we had tailored our methods to solve just this one, narrowly defined problem, and that it could never handle the manifold tasks that serve as better touchstones for human intelligence. These critics pointed to weiqi, an ancient Chinese board game, better known in the West by the Japanese name of Go, whose combinatorial complexity was many orders of magnitude greater than that of chess. Noting that the best Go programs could not even handle the typical novice, they predicted that none would ever trouble the very best players.
Ten years later, the best Go programs still can't beat good human players. Nevertheless, I believe that a world-champion-level Go machine can be built within 10 years, based on the same method of intensive analysis—brute force, basically—that Deep Blue employed for chess. I've got more than a small personal stake in this quest. At my lab at Microsoft Research Asia, in Beijing, I am organizing a graduate student project to design the hardware and software elements that will test the ideas outlined here. If they prove out, then the way will be clear for a full-scale project to dethrone the best human players... (full story at the above website)

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Date:2007-10-02 20:55
Subject:Go Tournament in LA (USA)
Mood: hopeful

Sponsored By Lloyd Eric Cotsen with The AGA (American Go Association)
Over $5,000 in prizes!!!

The Cotsen Open (6 Dan and up) and the Cotsen Handicap Tournament (open to all ranks) will be held November 10 & 11 (Saturday and Sunday) 2007.

All games will be AGA rated, and will be run under the ING Go Rules.

More info here:

& BTW:
The First International Mind Sport Games will be held in Beijing in October, 2008, reports Roy Laird, Chairman of the AGA Board of Directors...

More info at the AGA website: http://www.usgo.org

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