• Classifieds section

    So, I’ve spoken to a few people over the last few weeks who want to teach go, or set up a club, or whatever, but there isn’t a workable platform to present. You could use social media, but that has problems with privacy or unfair moderation or algorithmic weirdness or simply being able to find your listings in the infinite scroll. You could use pages like GumTree, but they’ll do things like remove your listing and ban you, and refuse to say why even when asked. So, as part of the ongoing process of promoting go and helping the go community, I’ve set up a Classifieds section on this website.…

  • Gunbu no Pair Go

    So people come to know about go through many different means. For me, it was a combination of the local go club coming to a board game club I was a part of, and the anime Hikaru no Go. For others, it was either the AlphaGo games, or the documentary surrounding it. But either way, it seems clear that media is a major potential tool in letting people know about this game we all love so much. Which is part of why I’m so excited to see yet another go manga coming out, namely Gunbu no Pair Go (first chapter freely available at the link, albeit in Japanese – hopefully…

  • PacifiGo Perennial

    It is my very great pleasure to announce the second annual PacifiGo Perennial on the 28th of May, 2022! This is an annual tournament we run in partnership with the Queensland Go Society, in which we cover all the costs of the tournament (entry, medals, venue rent) in order to have a tournament that anyone can participate in without worrying about cost! It’s a one-day tournament, so you don’t need to dedicate an entire weekend (I’m looking at you, Open division players who take time to think). Details still to be finalised (post will update as needed), but here’s what’s decided so far: Date: 28th May, 2022Time: Registration opens 9:30am,…

  • Experience Korea festival

    Hey all! Just a quick note that this weekend (the 23rd of April, 2022) I will be teaming up with the Queensland Go Society to have a stall at the Experience Korea festival at Kuraby from 10am to 3pm. I will mostly be teaching people about go (well, baduk), but also – because I’m a filthy capitalist who likes paying bills – will be selling go sets to innocent passers-by new players! The event looks like it’ll be a lot of fun – if poorly publicised – so drop by and say hi!

  • DAKTECH Cup 2022 Announcement!

    The 2022 DAKTECH Cup is now open for registrations! Run in order to raise money for Rare Cancers Australia, this is a tournament open to players from Australia or New Zealand – always fun, I like playing players from different clubs and regions – they have new tricks to learn, and my old tricks sometimes even work! This tournament is conceived and managed by Townsville Go Club convenor (and personal friend) Colton Tinkey, who is an absolute stand-up guy, so go and support his efforts to help the world! Entry is a minimum $15 donation to Rare Cancers Australia – the link above is probably the easiest way. There have…

  • Biggest Tournament Blunders?

    One of the things I like about online tournaments, especially organised by clubs or bodies like the QGS or the New Zealand Go Society, is that you play against people you never would otherwise. I was watching such a game today. The New Zealand Digital Tournament is on currently (and I’m participating!), and a friend of mine (a 40+ year old living in Brisbane) had their match against a 10 year old from New Zealand. The 10 year old (who I’ll call Felix, and was playing White) had my friend (who I’ll call Horatio, playing Black) dead to rights – he was up by about 40 points, and Horatio had…

  • Facebook Update & QLD Open

    Hey all! Just a quick couple of updates. First, and most important, the QLD Open will be happening at Comics Plus in Annerley on the 12th and 13th of March from 10am. Handicap division (2d and weaker) will be on the first day, with the Open division (2k and stronger – so yes, if you’re 1k you can participate in either. We do not recommend both, but I don’t know if there’s a rule against it) being over two days, because you strong players actually think while playing so take a lot longer :p This will also include the QGS AGM, so if you want to rise up against my…

  • Aesthetic Go

    So, you have probably noticed there’s a fair amount of go media on the Interwebz – between go channels like Dwyrin and Haylee, forums like Life in 19×19, journals like The American Go E-Journal, we’re kind of spoiled for choice. Only I’ve noticed something. Maybe this is just my bias talking, but it seems to me that the vast majority of that focuses on the more cognitive aspects of the game – solving problems, understanding sequences, order of play, basically “how to play go well/better”. Which is obviously fine and dandy, nothing wrong with that at all, it’s a legitimate part of the game and culture. But as any go…

  • Privacy Concerns Continued

    So you may have seen the last post I made, where I talked about my concerns about what some have called “privacy capitalism” or “surveillance capitalism“, in which our personal data is viewed as valuable by a range of entities, most of whom do not have our best interests at heart. And as happens in an economy, if something is valuable, people figure out ways to get it, usually as cheaply as possible. While this is perfectly normal, even desirable, when we’re talking about wheat or entertainment or medicine, when it come to personal data, there’s another element – the desires for the data inherently conflict with desires of us…