News from the American Go Association

July 15, 2005
Volume 5, #59

In This Issue:
LATEST GO NEWS: Lee Changho Wins King Of Kings; Regan And Cocke British Pair Go Champs; Recounting The Congress
Congress Memories; Weekend Go Action: Arlington, VA, Somerville, MA; Johnsen Wins Alert Reader
GAME COMMENTARY: Of Moyos & Dead Stones
GO REVIEW: Keshi and Uchikomi: Reduction and Invasion in Go
MY CORNER: Congress, Kids, Ing Updates & More
ATTACHED FILES: 2005.07.15 game, Rui Naiwei-Zhu Yanming; 2005.07.15 Go Review Problem V,12,55


LEE CHANGHO WINS KING OF KINGS: Lee Changho 9P defeated Choi Cheolhan 9P on July 11th to take the King of Kings title with a score of 2-0. Details on Monday.
REGAN AND COCKE BRITISH PAIR GO CHAMPS: Natasha Regan and Matthew Cocke took the British Pair Go Championship, defeating last year's winning pair in the first round. Details Monday.

RECOUNTING THE CONGRESS: With U.S. Go Congress registration now over the 450 mark, there's still time for you to practice the counting skills that are so key to go: which country -- other than the United States - has the most Congress registrants? Which state? Send your answers to us at The winner - chosen at random from those answering correctly - will receive a copy of the brand-new second volume of Fujisawa Shuko's Dictionary of Basic Tesuji, just out from Slate & Shell.

CONGRESS MEMORIES: Got a favorite Go Congress memory, story or photo? Share it with us! Send your most memorable Congress moment or snapshot to us at and we'll consider it for a special report in an upcoming E-Journal and on the AGA website! No more than 100 words or 3 photos, please.

WEEKEND GO ACTION: Arlington, VA, Somerville, MA
- July 16: Arlington, VA
Congress Tune-up
Allan Abramson 703-684-7676
- July 17: Somerville, MA
MGA Summer Handicap Tournament
Zack Grossbart 617-497-1232

JOHNSEN WINS ALERT READER: Chris Johnsen of Richardson, TX is this week's Alert Reader winner, winning a $10 go vendor gift certificates for spotting our Alert hidden in last week's game commentary. Winners are drawn at random from those who correctly report the Alerts. Keep a sharp eye out in all our game attachments; you could be a winner too!

GAME COMMENTARY: Of Moyos & Dead Stones
        Today's game was played last month in the Chinese City League B between Zhu Yanming 3P and Rui Naiwei 9P, who's well-known in the United States. Rui seems to adopt a Takemiya-like cosmic strategy, notes Alexandre Dinerchtein 1P, creating a huge center moyo and making for an exciting game.
        What's the best way to make use of dead stones? Find out in today's problem file, taken by permission from Go Review, the English language go magazine published by the Nihon Kiin from 1961 to 1977.
         To view the attached .sgf file(s), simply save the file(s) to your computer and then open using an .sgf reader such as Many Faces of Go or SmartGo. Readers who need .sgf readers can get them for most platforms at Jan van der Steen's

GO REVIEW: Keshi and Uchikomi: Reduction and Invasion in Go
By Iwamoto Kaoru 9P
Published by Slate & Shell
212 pp.
Review by Lawrence Ku, 2d
        If you want to do when your opponent has a small moyo, Reduction and Invasion in Go can answer many of your questions.
        Reduction explores twenty popular reduction scenarios and eighteen common invasions. Both the invasions and the reductions are patterns with large knight enclosures, small knight enclosures, and one-space enclosures, and invasions also have extensions on the side. There are four or five scenarios for each type of corner enclosure, differing by as little as one line. Every case is approximately 2-4 pages long and is illustrated with many diagrams showing different variations. In each scenario, it teaches you how to play along with the reasoning behind the sequence of moves. It shows you how even one line can make a big difference in the type of reduction or invasion technique used.
        Kyu player should be able to understand the difference between the different types of corner enclosures, even if you don't catch the subtle differences of one line. Dan players will find it easier to recognize the subtle difference in the scenarios. It will be easier to understand and learn the reasoning behind the moves.
        I like this book because after reading it for the first time, I was no longer afraid to invade and reduce moyos. Reading it the second time, I was able to understand the concepts, as well as how to approach the patters systematically.

MY CORNER: Congress, Kids, Ing Updates & More
by Mike Lash, AGA President
     As I prepare for the upcoming US Go Congress in Tacoma, Washington, now more than ever I see just how much work it takes by the dedicated crews who put on our annual Congresses. We owe the folks at Tacoma Central our maximum respect and support, and with attendance setting another new record, I'm confident we are heading into a super Congress!
     I am proud and humbled to announce that we are sending some of our youngest strong players overseas to represent the AGA. Eight-year old Calvin Sun, 3d, will participate in a Korean Children's championship that previously had not included international players. The tournament will be in Seoul in late July. And in August, the annual World Youth Goe Championship, this year in Barcelona, Spain, provides another opportunity to the eligible top Redmond Cup players. Sichen Zhong, senior division, and young Calvin Sun, junior division, will be accompanied by Todd Heidenreich, AGA Youth Coordinator.
     The 2006 budget is complete and our modest operating budget of under $80,000 includes funds for a new program to promote AGA membership through local action. Unfortunately, ING funding is not yet available for this year, contrary to my announcement in May. We will not be able to fund ING programs outside the Congress until we receive the anticipated donation. My apologies to those counting on ING funding sooner. We are pursuing this source and hope to have a definitive answer soon.
     Openings are still available for eager volunteers in many national positions, including Corporate Secretary, Policy and Governance Committee, Archivist and others. At the Congress look for an AGA "job fair" that will be held to discuss opportunities and options. Feel free to contact me in advance at
     Email voting is underway for the proposed bylaws and articles changes. Paper ballots are available if there is any problem with the electronic system. I encourage all members to vote - this affects everyone in one way or another! Results will be announced at the Go Congress.
     Some of the items planned for discussion at the Congress will be membership categories, membership fees, national AGA tournament schedule and a revised/expanded US Open tournament. Stay tuned for more on these exciting developments.

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