Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Tournament report – Go is easy to learn and fun to play (takes time to master)

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I played Go (a board game) almost every day for four of my high school years and often skipping lunch to play! The rules of Go are easy to learn and the game is enjoyable even for young kids (some as young as 6 years old can pick it up quickly). Despite Go‘s seeming simplicity, I think Go takes longer (or is harder) to master than Chess (more on this later). Yesterday (July 2nd), I had the pleasure to visit the Calgary Go Club in Chinatown and attended part of the 2011 CGA Open Go Tournament.

Have a watch of the following highlight video. You will also find a series of interviews I conducted with Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent, a Go instructor (Cathy Li), two advanced Go players (Ryan and Jing Yang), and father of the 10 years old advanced Go player Wanshan Gu (Qiang Gu).

Note: If and when I receive the official results of the CGA Open 2011 from Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent as promised, I will post it here.

Update: I searched and found the CGA Open 2011 results on the Calgary Go Club home page so I’m reposting the results (unofficially here),
2011-07-05
The results are in for the 2011 Canadian Open Go Tournament:

Division (!) First Place (2) Second Place
Group A (1) Jing Yang (2) Ryan Li
Group B (1) Zu Bai (2) Shan Lu
Group C (1)Miki Ishikawa (2) Tony Adria

Irene Sha and Bill Lin won the pairs tournament.

2011 Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Highlight

Interview with Vincent Van der Ploeg (Chair of Calgary Go Club)

Interview with Cathy Li (Go instructor)

(note: Here are some info I Googled and found about Cathy (Chen Shuo) Li 李晨硕 online. I don’t know if it is accurate or not.)

Interview with Ryan (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, Second Place)

Interview with Jing Yang (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, First Place)

Interview with Qiang Gu (dad of advanced Go player Wanshan) (English subtitles to be added soon)

Complexity/difficulty of Go compare to chess

In 1997, the chess computer Deep Blue won a six-game match against world champion Garry Kasparov. As far as I know, Computer Go is still very far from able to win against even mid-level professionals and let alone Go champions. Have a read of the Wikipedia “Computer Go” page as it is pretty informative.

Some photos from the 2011 CGA Open

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Vincent Van der Plogeg - Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011

Cathy Li (Chen Shuo) - Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011

Ryan - Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011

Jing Yang - Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011

Qiang Gu (dad of Wanshan) - Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011

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