American Go E-Journal （アメリカ 囲碁 E-ジャーナル）
- U.S. GO NEWS:
Kisei Comes To Seattle;
AGA Posts 14th Straight Membership Gain;
The Hikaru Effect;
Pros, Pros, Pros
- WORLD GO NEWS:
Gu Li Sweeps Tengen;
First Female Makes Korean Team;
Takamiya Wins Epsom;
GoGod Offers 25,000 Pro Games & More
- GAME COMMENTARY:
Student v. Teacher
- YOUR MOVE: Readers Write
GO KIDS: Progress in Go
A VIEW FROM ABROAD: A Brit's Go Adventures in America
- GO ONLINE:
Everybody Must Get Stones
- GO CLASSIFIED
- CALENDAR OF EVENTS
AMERICAN GO E-JOURNAL: News from the American Go Association
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August 18, 2003
In This Edition:
U.S. GO NEWS: Kisei Comes To Seattle; AGA Posts 14th Straight Membership Gain;
The Hikaru Effect; Pros, Pros, Pros WORLD GO NEWS: Gu Li Sweeps Tengen; First
Female Makes Korean Team; Takamiya Wins Epsom; GoGod Offers 25,000 Pro Games &
More GAME COMMENTARY: Student v. Teacher YOUR MOVE: Readers Write GO KIDS:
Progress in Go A VIEW FROM ABROAD: A Brit's Go Adventures in America GO
ONLINE: Everybody Must Get Stones
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
U.S. GO NEWS
KISEI COMES TO SEATTLE: The first match of 2004 Kisei Championship will be
played in Seattle on January 15 and 16, reports Frank Fukuda, General Manager
of the Seattle Go Center. "The Kisei-sen is the largest professional go
championship with about $3.5 million in prizes," says Fukuda, "the winner gets
$350,000." Organized by the Nihon Ki-in and sponsored by the Yomiuri Newspaper
Co. and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Association), the high-profile event will be
held in the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel's Presidential suite, with a Japanese
tatami room set up just for the game. The Seattle Go Center will likely host
the live presentation to the public with special pro commentators from the
Nihon Ki-in.using a large projector screen. "This event will contribute to
improving international understanding and friendship," says Fukuda, adding
that "it will contribute to festivities commemorating the 150th anniversary of
the Japan-USA Friendship Treaty of 1854." Mr. Keigo Yamashita, current !
Kisei, will play a challenger to be determined by the end of November. Seattle
beat out several candidates in Europe, Asia and New Zealand to win the honor
of hosting the Kisei Championship, and AGA President Chris Kirschner reports
that local organizers will capitalize on the opportunity by running the
amateur Toyota Densho the following weekend.
AGA POSTS 14TH STRAIGHT MEMBERSHIP GAIN: Membership in the American Go
Association spiked up again last month, setting yet another new record at
1,768 members. The fourteen consecutive months of growth continue to shatter
records, with 52 new full members in July, 80 renewing members and 24 new
youth members. The number of chapters continued to grow, as well, with 101 now
signed up. With the popular E-Journal boosting content and the forthcoming
release of the English version of Hikaru No Go, the AGA looks to be
well-positioned for even more growth in the months ahead.
THE HIKARU EFFECT: Over 100 people learned how to play go at the Otakon, a
national anime convention, on August 9th, reports Baltimore Go Club organizer
Keith Arnold. "Only a handful had played before, and more than half attended
because they were familiar with Hikaru No Go," says Arnold, who credits club
members James McIlhargey, Ed Caldiera, Ed Hsu, Jack Nosek and Brian Kelly with
answering the call with many of the club's key organizers away at the Go
Congress in Houston. McIlhargey, who is also cofounder of the UMBC Go Club,
reports that the go workshop was the largest workshop of the convention and
expects to be invited back for a bigger crowd next year.
PROS, PROS, PROS: East Coast players have three opportunities to study with
professionals this fall. Feng Yun 9P will provide special go programs at her
club every Saturday beginning September 6th. Check her website for details:
Guo Juan 5P will conduct a workshop in the Catskills October 10-13, starting
with a lecture late on Friday evening (Oct 10) and ending Monday, Oct 13 in
the afternoon. The format will be the typical workshop format with a mixture
of lectures, games and game analysis. The Woodlands is an informal inn
co-owned by long-time Brooklyn go organizer Jean-Claude Chetrit. Get more
James Kerwin, 1P will cover fundamentals of attack and defense in his October
17-19 workshop at the home of Gordon Fraser in Germantown, MD. Sponsored by
Slate & Shell, the workshop will follow the standard format of a combination
of lectures, game playing, and game analysis. The workshop will begin on
Friday at 7P and go through mid-afternoon on Sunday. For more info: Gordon
WORLD GO NEWS
GU LI SWEEPS TENGEN: Gu Li 7P of China won the 7th China Korea Tengen match by
2-0 when he defeated Song TaeKon 5P of Korea with White by resignation in 178
moves in the second game. Although not the winner of the match, Song TaeKon is
not quite 17 years old and already has an impressive professional record. The
championship prize is $10,000 and the runner up prize is $5,000. Game records
for both games can be found at www.gogameworld.com.
reported by Dennis Hardman
FIRST FEMALE MAKES KOREAN TEAM: In the Korean preliminary of the 5th Nong Shim
Cup, Park Jiun 3P made history by becoming the first female player to be a
member of the Korean team. Park, nicknamed "the female Yi (Lee) Changho", won
the first women's Myeongin title in 2000 and went 5 5 in a ten game match with
Rui Naiwei 9P in 2003. Two other Korean players (also decided in the
preliminary) are Weon Seongchin 5P and Hong Minpyo 3P, who will join Yi
Changho 9P (the one seeded player) on the Korean team. The Nong Shim Cup is a
knock out team match between Korea, Japan, and China. The first four Cups were
won by Korea.
- reported by Dennis Hardman
TAKAMIYA WINS EPSOM: The second Epsom Tournament in England attracted 52
players including a very strong top group. The winner was Hirsohi Takamiya 5
dan of the Central London Go Club. All players on two and three wins got
prizes thanks to sponsor Forbidden Technologies Plc. Those with three were: Li
Shen 4 dan CLGC, Hyo Sik Cho 1 kyu London and Jil Segerman 8 kyu Brighton.
Jenny Radcliffe 15 kyu Durham won the 9x9 and Andrew Jones 3 dan Wanstead the
13x13. Photographs are at
. The first game of the British Championship was held also, with Matthew
Macfadyen defeating challenger Matthew Cocke by resignation. The next two
games are scheduled for August 16th and 17th, with a fourth game in Leamington
in September is needed. [from BGA News]
GOGOD OFFERS 25,000 PRO GAMES & MORE: The latest version of the GoGoD
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Cho Hun-hyeon, Otake Hideo, Kato Masao and Takagawa Shukaku. The collection of
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most recent title matches in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. GoGod continues
to expand its coverage of the history of tournaments and matches, associations
and clubs, offering articles on famous players, a list of all the Castle Games
(the remaining games will appear in future updates) and much more. Find out
why Fujisawa Hosai wanted to play mimic go, and study how the pros did it in a
collection of games, including the amazing series between Cho Hun-hyeon and
Seo Pung-su in Korean title matches. Also included is the updated ! Names
Dictionary, Kombilo fast database search program, screensaver and much more.
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GAME COMMENTARY: Student v. Teacher
Today's commented game is another in the continuing rivalry between former
student Yi (Lee) Changho 9P and former teacher Cho Hunhyun 9P. The exciting
second game in the title match of the 37th Wangwi Tournament was played on
July 19 in Korea, with Yi (Lee) taking black and Cho playing white. The
commentary is by Ma Xiaochun 9P in China Sports Weekly and was translated by
a subscription service for commented pro games.
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YOUR MOVE: Readers Write
CORRECTION: MOST, NOT LOST: "There's a typo in the 8/11 Self-Paired report,"
writes Self-Paired TD Russ Williams. "'Dedicated (lost games)' should say
'Dedicated (most games)' Anyway, all the reporting from the Congress was fun
to read after the fact when I got home from Houston."
GO KIDS: Progress in Go
"I was at Ella's house, we ate some cookies, then we went to Ella's room and I
played go on the computer. 'Let's play that we are pros' said Ella. 'OK!' I
said. Soon we went to Ella's pool, where we cooled down. When I got home I
played go on the computer as many times as I could. Now I am 14k, just like
Ella!" by Connie Lee, 6 years old, from her prize-winning essay in Slate &
Shell's essay contest at this year's U.S. Go Congress. All five winning essays
in their entirety can be seen at
A VIEW FROM ABROAD: A Brit's Go Adventures in America
by Francis Roads
American Go Player: "Francis! Good to see you! It's been a long time!" British
Go Player Francis Roads: "Since '99 actually, when I came to the San Francisco
AGP: "You should come more often."
FR: "When did you last come to a European Congress?"
AGP: "Europe? Ah, now, that's a long way."
FR: "Yes, it's much closer in the other direction."
I started my visit about a fortnight beforehand with a visit to friends in
Manhattan. They leave me alone during the daytime to recover from jetlag, but
in the evenings there were dinner parties and a well attended meeting of the
Brooklyn Go Club. The venue for this rotates around members' homes. This one,
hosted by my own hosts, Roy and Mary Laird, attracted over 20 players, and
lasted until 1.30 am.
My hosts in Boston were go players Marvin and Katherine Wolfthal. Marvin is a
trained classical pianist who now works in computing. So when we weren't
playing go we had a fine old time discussing the music of Beethoven and
Elliott Carter, who is still composing major works at 95. In the hospitable
manner of US hosts they had arranged a barbecue in my honour, where I met
several more of the Boston go community.
The Wolfthals live out in the sticks, so I moved on to another billet with
musical friends closer to the centre. I had several evening musical
commitments, and on two other evenings I was able to visit the local go club.
This meets in the basement of a Social Security Office (don't ask). Boston is
an old city of some charm. It's older, for example, than St. Petersburg. The
Bostonians are very conscious of living in the birthplace of the Revolution.
There's even a monument to the battle of Bunker Hill, which the rebels
On to George Bush airport, Houston. From a distance, the city centre is an
impressive sight. The cluster of skyscrapers rises from an otherwise flat
landscape, and for once some thought seems to have gone into their design and
relative position. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to visit the
downtown area itself, as public transport isn't the strongest point of the
state of Texas, and I found myself more or less confined to the
air-conditioned buildings of the university. This was the main drawback of an
otherwise largely well-organised and enjoyable Congress.
The other drawback was the lack of a suitable cafe or pub-like place to sit
and drink beer and play liar dice in the evenings. The best option was the bar
of the on-campus Hilton Hotel. Why did the university have a Hilton? Because
you can do degrees in hospitality or whatever there, and the hotel provides
for those students what laboratories do for scientists.
There were about 260 participants in the main tournament, plus a goodly
attendance of young players who had their own tournament in a separate room.
That's one thing the Americans are really good at, involving youngsters in go.
They have a head start, as so many of the young faces are oriental, and come
from backgrounds in which go is as well-known as chess is in the European.
Still, we may have lessons to learn from them.
There was a team of Chinese and Japanese professionals in attendance,
including our friends Guo Juan, Feng Yun, and senseis Nakayama and Saijo.
Amongst the amateur participants there was a contingent of Japanese visitors,
a Canadian or two, a handful of Germans, and T Mark Hall and myself from
Britain. So, hardly a very international event, but that has its advantages.
The common language, and, perhaps more importantly, the common culture, leads
to a very relaxed and friendly event with few disputes or misunderstandings.
There used to be a generally-held idea that US grades were a stone weaker than
European. I think that the US grades are firming up now, and probably the
difference is nearer half a stone. The AGA has been considering what powers
its president should have of late. Some members felt that under their old
constitution the president had too much power, so the new one has policy
determined by a board of eight governors, some regionally elected, and then
carried out by the president and other officers. So now while the president
may advise, he doesn't actually have a say in decisions. It's my opinion that
they've now swung too far in the other direction. Managing unpaid volunteers
is a very different business from managing paid employees. It is far easier
for volunteers to cause difficulties by resigning with immediate effect. I
think we've got it about right in Britain; we likewise have a council of
eight, but the president and other senior officers have a vote each, when
votes are needed.
This wasn't my favourite US Congress, but that's not to say that I didn't
enjoy it; just that the other five that I've been to were even better.
Now to poetry. The Bob High Memorial competition invites entries of go songs
and poems. I won the song division in '98 and '99, so I decided to put in a
poem this year, which came second. Here is the first prize entry, from my
near-namesake Kris Rhodes, a Texan go player:
A final stone
the rain falling outside
and inside, the thunder.
GO ONLINE: Everybody Must Get Stones
by Roy Laird
A bowl full of well-made Go stones is a thing of beauty. Running them through
your fingers brings a cool, refreshing stream to mind. With good equipment,
black's satin sheen and white's sharp glint as they spell out patterns across
the board add a level of visual beauty to one's enjoyment of the game.
Stones can be made of nearly anything. Players in remote locations have been
known to spray-paint bottlecaps and draw grids in the dirt. Yutopian offers
stones made from jade, marble and agate/quartz at
Yutopian also sells stones made by the Ing Foundation, a philanthropic group
in Taipei that supports international go. These weighted plastic stones stay
put a little better than other plastic stones. Ing stones come in
self-counting bowls that help you verify exactly how many stones there are.
Why do you need to know? Because you might want to try a rule set developed by
the Ing Foundation, called the "SST Laws." You can find them at
Most people agree that the very best materials for stones are shell and slate.
The finest black stones are made from a particular type of slate that yields a
glossy sheen. The best white stones are made from clamshells, with the shell's
grain on one side. The quality of the grain on white stones varies
considerably and accounts for nearly all of the cost difference. White stones
fall into three categories. Jitsuyo or "standard" grade stones are judged to
be of good quality, but some of the grain may be blurry or indistinct. Tsuki,
sometimes called "flower" or "moon" grade stones, have more uniform grain,
while yuki or "snow" grade stones are the best you can get. Black stones are a
tiny bit smaller than white stones, to compensate for an optical illusion that
causes them to appear larger.
Go stones, especially shell and slate ones, also vary in their thickness.
After many games, the best white stones take on an ivory cast from the many
hands that touch them. Generations of use can erode even the finest stones to
a flat, wafer-like shape, but new stones can be almost round, up to 11 mm or
more in thickness. Many players find the thickest stones hard to use,
preferring the 8-10 mm range.
Most stones are rounded on both sides, but Chinese stones, also called yunnan
stones, are flat on one side. The young woman on the cover of the new epic
novel "The Girl Who Played Go" ($16.50 at www.amazon.com) holds some yunnan
stones in her hand. Some players like to use these stones for teaching games.
In the post-game analysis, some stones can be placed flat side up, making it
easier to visualize difficult variations, then restore the actual game. Yunnan
stones seem to available only from Yutopian, at
These stones are made of an interesting jade-like material. Hold a "black"
stone to the light, and you discover that it is actually dark green. They come
with their own woven containers
If you're shopping for your first set, I recommend some nice glass stones.
Very serviceable glass stones manufactured in Korean are available for $20 or
less. Japanese stones, which have fewer imperfections, cost significantly
more, $50 and up. You'll want a good thickness, not too thick but at least 8mm
or better. You'll like the way a nice thick stone lies in your hand.
As with boards, you can spend thousands for the best stones, but you can own a
good set for the price of a good DVD player,. Start your shopping at
where slate and shell stones are available direct from the manufacturer.
"Moon-grade" stones are often on sale for half price. I doubt that you can
tell the difference between these "Moon-grade" stones and most "snow" grades
stones, but if you must have the best, Kiseido, Samarkand and Yutopian offer a
full range of thicknesses and grades. Go to
for complete information about many reliable vendors.
OK, you've got a good board and a nice set of stones. You're almost fully
equipped. Last question -- what do you put them in? Stay tuned . . .
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
August 16 25: Manchester, England
Mind Sports Olympiad
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August 30: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Go Club Tournament
Fred Hopkins 916 965 0478 firstname.lastname@example.org
August 30 September 1: Montreal, CANADA
26th Canadian Open Go Championship
Steven Mays email@example.com
Labor Day weekend Go Get-together
Roundtop, NY (The Woodlands, in the Catskills)
September 6: Chicago, IL
Bob Barber 773 467 0423 firstname.lastname@example.org
September 13: Livermore, CA
Vintage Go Event
S.C.Herric 925 423 7458 email@example.com
September 20: Durham, NC
Third Annual Joe Shoenfield Memorial Marathon Go Tournament Paul Celmer
September 20: Tacoma/Parkland, WA
Tournament at Pacific Lutheran University
Mike Malveaux 253-906-0095 firstname.lastname@example.org
September 21: Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken Fall Handicap Tournament
Larry Russ 201 216 5379 lruss@stevens tech.edu
September 28: Amherst, MA
Western Mass Fall Go Tournament
David Dawidowicz 413 546 0095 email@example.com
October 10 13: Roundtop, NY
Guo Juan Workshop
Jean Claude Chetrit firstname.lastname@example.org
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in the next month or events which require early registration. For a complete
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