News from the American Go Association

May 9, 2005

In This Issue:
U.S. GO NEWS: Going For Tennis; 2005 Congress, A-Z; Jie Li At NoVa Tonight; Kerwin Offers New Beginners Class; New Club In Rhode Island; Syracuse Hits The Books
WORLD GO NEWS: Kobayashi Satoru Leads Meijin League; Park Younghoon Wins Another One; Familiar Faces Lead Women's Honinbo League
YOUR MOVE: READERS WRITE: Of Boxing, Poker & Tiddlywinks; Games Fan Mail


GOING FOR TENNIS: "Professional tennis instruction will offered at the AGA's Go Camp West!" reports organizer Steve Bu rrall. "This year, the usual wide assortment of outdoor activities that complement the go instruction at Go Camp will include professional tennis lessons at no additional charge from Go camp instructor Yoshi Sawada, who is a certified tennis pro." Yoshi is a tennis instructor at the Laguna Racquet Club near Sacramento, California when he's not playing go. Sign up now while space at both Go Camp West (Oakland, CA) and East (Oneonta, NY) is still available;

2005 CONGRESS, A-Z: From Abe (Tomomi) to Zhu (Alan), nearly 200 go players have already signed up for this year's U.S. Go Congress in Tacoma, WA. The event is the largest on the annual go calendar, boasting the largest field at the U.S. Open as well as dozens of go-related events, from tournaments to lectures, simuls and more. Get more details and sign up now at http ://

JIE LI AT NOVA TONIGHT: Jie Li 9d will give a free lecture at tonight's meeting of the NoVa Go Club in Arlington, Virginia. Li, who won the recent Cotsen Open in Los Angeles, will do an in-depth analysis of one of his recent tournament games. The lecture begins at 7:15P at the Central United Methodist Church, 4201 N. Fairfax Dr. Li is also offering a Weekend Intensive in DC on May 20-22, before heading back to the West Coast at the end of the month. In the 2-day intensive go study session, Li will focus on top-level professional training techniques, including pro game study and pro-level life-and-death problem-solving. Space is limited to 8 participants, 1d or stronger and there are just a few spaces left. To reserve space, or for more info, email

KERWIN OFFERS NEW BEGINNERS CLASS: James Kerwin 1P's next beginner's class starts up this Saturday, May 14th. The lessons take place online and continue on May 15th and June 4th & 5th. All lessons start at 2P CDT. Contact Kerwin at

NEW CLUB IN RHODE ISLAND: The new Southern New England Go Association is now meetings at member's houses in and near Rhode Island. For more info contact Zeke Tamayo at or check for times and places at

SYRACUSE HITS THE BOOKS: The Syracuse (NY) Go Club is investing in community outreach by donating go books to the local public library system. "Among our first donations were the first five volumes of Janice Kim's Learn to Play Go series, Kano Yoshinori's 4-volume Graded Go Problems for Beginners, and several copies of the first three volumes of the Hikaru no Go," reports Richard Moseson. Club members of our club Onondaga County residents can reserve the books via their home computers and have them delivered to their local library branches for convenient check o ut. "Since we made the donations, we've noticed that many manga enthusiasts have been checking out the Hikaru no Go graphic novels, and we're hoping this will translate into some youths and adults visiting our weekly go meetings to learn how to play the game (the libraries put a bookplate inside the cover of each book acknowledging our club's gift). In coming years we plan to purchase and donate more go books reflecting our members' interests." For more info, contact Moseson at

COMING UP IN FRIDAY'S MEMBER'S EDITION: Round 1 of last month's 2005 Dutch Championship Playoff between Frank Janssen 6d and Merlijn Kuin 5d (specially translated for the EJ from the forthcoming issue of the Dutch Go Journal), Yilun Yang takes a look at a game by Shodan Challenger Todd Dahlquist 1k and Kaz Furuyama explores another Common Amateur Mistake. All this plus reviews and the latest news updates! Non-members can sign up now at


KOBAYASHI SATORU LEADS MEIJIN LEAGUE: With a 4-0 record, Kobayashi Satoru 9P is the current leader and only undefeated player in the ongoing Meijin League. The 30th League is a round-robin tournament among nine players to determine the challenger for the Meijin title in Japan, currently held by Cho U 9P. Last year Kobayashi tied Cho U in the League, but lost the play-off game to him by 2.5 points, and Cho went on to take the title from Yoda Norimoto 9P. Four players in the league have three wins: Yoda Norimoto, Yamashita Keigo 9P, O Meien 9P, and Sakai Hideyuki 7P of the Kansai Kiin.

PARK YOUNGHOON WINS ANOTHER ONE: Park Yeonghoon 9P has defeated Kim Donghee 1P by a score of 2-1 to take the 15th Korean BC Card Cup, adding another trophy to the growing list of titles he has won. Park's greatest triumph so far was winning the 17th Fujit su Cup international tournament in 2004, which earned him a promotion to 9P. He won the 6th Korean Chunwon title in 2001. The BC Card Cup is his second championship this year, having won the 1st Zhonghuan Cup in January, another international event, in which he defeated three top Japanese pros: O Meien 9P, Yamashita Keigo 9P, and O Rissei 9P. Pictures and career highlights of Park, who has just turned twenty, can be found at YuongHoon .

FAMILIAR FACES LEAD WOMEN'S HONINBO LEAGUE: Some of the early winners in the 24th challenger's tournament for the Women's Honinbo in Japan are well-known to E-Journal readers. Suzuki Ayumi 3P defeated Shiraishi Kyoki 3P in the first round. As reported in earlier issues, Suzuki was defeated in the Seimitsu Cup by the USA's own Jie Li 9d. Kobayashi Izumi 6P, who held the Women's Honinbo title for three consecutive years, but was defeated last year by Chinen Kaori 3P, also won her first round game, defeating Osawa Narumi 2P, who is currently the Women's Meijin in Japan.


OF BOXING, POKER & TIDDYLYWINKS: "James Kerwin's article, Getting Beyond Shodan, in the latest e-journal was just excellent," writes Joel Sanet. "I loved the analogy to boxing and what he says about attitude. On another note, I was surprised that anyone voted in favor of the poker article. If you accept poker articles from poker playing go players, what's next, tiddlywinks articles from the tiddlywinks devotees?"

GAMES FAN MAIL: "I've just renewed my AGA membership, and mainly because of your wonderful E-Journal," writes John House. "These commented games are a particularly nice feature." Adds Howard Cornett, "Thank you for the commented games. They are helping me tremendously!" "Keep the commented games coming," says Dan Ja qua.


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May 12: Competing on KGS
4th Annual National K-12 Team Championship
Christopher Vu 281-480-8615

May 15: Lancaster Go Club
Self Paired Tournament
Sam Zimmerman 717-892-1249

May 27-30: Round Top, NY
Guo Juan Workshop
Jean Claude Chetrit 718-638-2266

May 28 & 29: Baltimore, MD
32nd Maryland Open (AGTC event)
Keith Arnold 410-788-3520

June 4: Chicago, IL
Summer Tournament
Robert Barber

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