News from the American Go Association

October 3, 2005
Volume 5, #86

In This Issue:
LATEST GO NEWS: Yuan Zhou Back In DC; Go Kentucky; Profiling Go; Cho U One Win From 2nd Meijin; Lee Changho 2-0 In Caltex; Korea Dominates Samsung; Korea Looking For 7th Win In Nongshim Cup; Ge Bei Wins Milton Keynes
YOUR MOVE: Go In The Great White North


YUAN ZHOU BACK IN DC: Yuan Zhou 7d resumes his Friday teaching sessions at the Greater Washington Go Club this Friday, Oct.7th, at 8:30P in the basement of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda. Bring game records to participate ($5), or observe for free. "Don't have a game?" says organizer Haskell Small, "Come early -- official opening time 7P -- to play and record a game." More info:

GO KENTUCKY: "When it comes to Go, Ken Parel-Sewell can't stop." Missy Baxter's feature article on go ran September 18 in the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal, reaching 300,000 readers. The key to the game is "practice, practice and more practice," the article quotes Louisville Go Club founder (and 2006 Shodan Challenger) Ed Hammerbeck. The comprehensive story includes two sidebar articles, including step-by-step directions on how to play. Read the stories now at

PROFILING GO: Go featured prominently in the September 22 premiere of CBS' Criminal Minds television drama. Discovering a go board in the room of a suspect's house, FBI profilers Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) and Hochner (Thomas Gibson)
discuss the game:
    Greenaway: What kind of game is it?
    Reid: In China, it's called weiqi, here we call it go. It's considered the most difficult board game ever conceived.
    Gideon: Chairman Mao required his generals to learn it.
    Reid: It also looks like he's playing himself.
    Greenaway: How can you tell?
    Reid: This might provide an advantage; actually go is considered to be a particularly psychological revealing game. There are profiles for every player. The conservative point counter, the aggressor, the finessor
    Hotchner: What kind of player is this one?
    Reid: Extreme aggressor.
Thanks to Gordon Ho for the tip!

CHO U ONE WIN FROM 2ND MEIJIN: The Meijin is one of the top three titles in Japan, along with the Kisei and the Honinbo. Cho U 9P took the title from Yoda Norimoto 9P last year (Yoda had held it for four consecutive years) and is now an impressive 3-0 in his best-of-seven match title defense against Kobayashi Satoru 9P. Cho also holds the Oza title, which he will be defending against Yamashita Keigo 9P starting at the end of this month, and he won the most recent NHK and NEC Cups. You can download the game records from the site.
LEE CHANGHO 2-0 IN CALTEX: Lee Changho 9P has taken the second game in the finals of the 10th GS Caltex Cup against Choi Cheolhan 9P, winning both of the first two games of this best-of-five match by resignation. Lee has won this title five times in its first nine editions, including the last two years. This tournament used to be called the LG Refined Oil Cup and is sponsored by an oil company and a newspaper in Korea. The winner's prize is about $40,000,00 US. You can download the game records from the site.

KOREA DOMINATES SAMSUNG: The Samsung Cup, sponsored by a Korean company and now in its 10th edition, is one of the top international tournaments. It is unusual in that not only all pros, but even some amateurs are invited to play in the huge preliminary rounds (at their own expense). The main tournament is composed of 32 players, of which this year six were from Japan, nine from China, and the remaining seventeen from Korea. After the first round three Japanese were left: Hane Naoki 9P, Yoda Norimoto 9P, and Tsuruyama Atsushi 6P (who defeated Rui Naiwei 9P). There were five Chinese: Gu Li 7P, Piao Wenyao 4P, Wang Xi 5P, Luo Xihe 9P, and Hu Yaoyu 8P. The Koreans had eight players left, holding on to half the positions. The second round was this past Friday, reducing the field to a total of eight players and increasing the Korean dominance. Now there are no Japanese players, only two Chinese, Luo Xihe and Hu Yaoyu, but six Koreans: Lee Changho 9P (who defeated Gu Li 7P, China' s current number one player), Yoo Changhyuk 9P, Choi Cheolhan 9P (who defeated Japanese Kisei Hane Naoki), Cho Hunyun 9P, Lee Sedol 9P (who defeated Yoda Norimoto), and Kim Myeongwan 7P. Lee Sedol won the 9th Samsung last year. In the first nine editions of this cup, the Koreans have won seven times and the Japanese twice, with Korean runners-up both times. The third round is scheduled for mid November.

KOREA LOOKING FOR 7TH WIN IN NONGSHIM CUP: The Nongshim Cup international team tournament will get underway in mid October with the first round in Beijing, China. The Nongshim -- sponsored by the Spicy Noodles company in Korea -- involves five-player teams from Korea, Japan, and China, and is an event of increasing interest because the Koreans have won all six previous editions. Korea's number one team member, Lee Changho 9P, has never been defeated in this tournament, one of the more amazing achievements in pro go. When the rest of the Korean team went down fairly early last year, Lee was left with five tough opponents, including Cho U 9P of Japan. Lee dispensed with them all, winning every game by resignation. The winning team receives about $125,000.00 US.

GE BEI WINS MILTON KEYNES: Ge Bei 3d won the 17th Milton Keynes tournament in Great Britain by defeating three 4 dans: Francis Roads, Alistair Wall, and Alex Rix. Several other players won all three of their games: Mike Cockburn 1d of St. Albans, Phil Beck 1d of Cambridge, Anna Griffiths 7k of Epsom, Xinyi Lu 9k of Maidenhead, Elizabeth Abbott 13k of Oxford, and Peter Harold-Barry 19k of St. Albans. Sixty-five players showed up. Complete results at .
- reported by BGA News
YOUR MOVE: Readers Write

GO IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH: "Do you know if there is a go club in Montreal?" asks Michael Schwartz. Andre Labelle is the contact for the Montreal Go Club; details on this and other Canadian go clubs is at:


October 7-10: Round Top, NY
2005 Columbus day workshop with Guo Juan
Jean-Claude Chetrit 718-638-2266

October 8: New York City
Columbus Day Tournament
10A; New York Go Club;

October 9: Somerville, MA
MGA Fall Handicap Tournament
Zack Grossbart 617-497-1232

October 15: Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech Go Tournament
Alpha Chen 540.818.3692
October 22: Rochester, NY
The First Annual Greg Lefler Memorial Go Tournament
Christopher Sira 201-230-2383

October 22-23: Portland, OR
Portland Go Tournament
Peter Drake 503-768-7539 (W); 503-245-1239 (H)

October 24-28: Navasota, TX
Pro Workshop with Yilun Yang - in conjunction with the Texas Open
Robert J Cordingley 281-333-1614

October 29: Arlington, VA
Pumpkin Classic
Allan Abramson 703-684-7676

October 29-30: Navasota, TX
2005 Texas Open Go Tournament
Robert J Cordingley 281-333-1614

November 3-6: Lancaster, PA
Yang Workshop
Sam Zimmerman 717-892-1249

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