News from the American Go Association

December 23, 2005
Volume 5, #110


GAME COMMENTARY: A Hot Board in Moscow
GO REVIEW: Top 10 Go Websites
ATTACHED FILES: 2005.12.23 Pro Game, Dinerchtein-Bogatskij, Dinerchtein; 2005.12.23 Pro Game, Yu-Zhou, Yu

JIE LI GOING TO WORLD STUDENT TOURNEY: Jie Li 9d has been tapped to represent the US at the 4th World Student Go Championships, reports American Go Association President Mike Lash. The 23-year-old UC San Diego student holds the current US Masters, Ing, Cotsen and Texas Open titles holder. The Championships will be held in Tokyo, Japan in February 2006.

ERIC LUI TOPS NOVA WINTER WARMER: Eric Lui 7d took top honors in the December 17 NoVa Winter Warmer with a 4-0 score. Also undefeated were James Wu 6k and John Porvaznik 27k. Full report in Monday's EJ.

JEFFERSON HIGH TAKES ALL-IOWA CUP: Fielding four players from Cedar Rapids, the Jefferson High School Go Club won the first competition for the All-Iowa Go Tournament Cup. The December 18 event was hosted by the Fairfield Go Club at The Java House in downtown Iowa City. Details Monday.

FENG YUN WORKSHOP/TOURNEY SET FOR HOLIDAY WEEK: Wondering what to do with the kids during next week's winter break? Feng Yun 9P's special workshop for children could be just the ticket! Her three-day program runs 12/26-28 at the Ramada Hotel in Pocono, PA, starting at noon on the 26th and wrapping up at 5P on the 28th. There will also be a 2-round tournament Tuesday night open to par ticipants and drop-ins. Info/registration at or email

OZA DISCOUNTS EXTENDED: The Fiesta Henderson, site of the upcoming Las Vegas Oza tournament, has extended the Oza discount through January 14. The event is being held simultaneously in New York City at The Hotel Pennsylvania and is expected to be one of the biggest of 2006. Info/registration:

SMARTGO SPECIAL: For a limited time, SmartGo:Combo is available to E-Journal readers at the discounted price of $69 (regularly $84). "If your New Year's resolution is to become stronger, get a head start with the best go software," says SmartGo's Anders Kierulf. "With more than 30000 professional games, you can study the masters and explore joseki and fuseki in the context of your own games." The deal includes a free upgrade to the forthcoming SmartGo version 2, with new features such as an integrated IGS client and more games. Offer lasts only until January 1, 2006. Enter ejournal as your coupon to get the discount at:

HOLIDAY BONUS EDITION: Look for a special Holiday Bonus Edition of the E-Journal this Sunday, a stocking-stuffer filled with Shodan Challenge game commentaries. We'll be publishing our usual schedule through the holidays, including the regular Monday editions on 12/26 and 1/2 and the Member's Edition on 12/30.

KONO WINS TENGEN: Kono Rin 7P defeated Yamashita Keigo 9P by 4.5 points to take the Japanese Tengen title. Details Monday.
< BR>TEENAGER FINALLY DEFEATED IN WOMEN'S TEAM MATCH: Chinese teenager Wang Xiangyun 1P, who defeated Japan's Osawa Narumi 3P for her fifth win in a row in the Women's World Cup, has lost to Korean Lee Minjin 4P. Minjin was then defeated by Japan's Chinen Kaori 4P. Details Monday.

KO GEUNTAE WINS KOREAN CHUNWON: Ko Geuntae 3P has defeated Park Jeonggeun 1P to take the 10th Chunwon title in Korea. Details Monday.

RUSSIANS PIONEER NEW TOURNEY SYSTEM: The first Russian Go & Strategy Championship was held on Saturday, December 17 in Moscow. The Championship employed a new system in which five separate tournaments were held in one room, reports Alexandre Dinerchtein 1P. Dinerchtein's game in the Russian Pro Championship was broadcast on KGS and is included with to day's EJ, with his commentary. Full report Monday.

PHAM LATEST LIFE MEMBER: Angela Pham 22k of Philadelphia PA is the latest Life Member of the American Go Association. A one-time fee grants Full membership for the life of the member, plus recognition in Yearbook as Life Member. Find out more at (click on "apply" or "join" and then scroll down to Life Membership).

GAME COMMENTARY: A Hot Board in Moscow
     Hot off the boards, we're very pleased to bring you the final round of the 1st Russian Professional Go Championship, played December 17 in Moscow. Dmitrij Bogatskij 6d takes advantage of a late-game overplay by Alexandre Dinerchtein 1P to win the game. Dinerchtein, whose commentaries on pro games are a regular f eature of the EJ, here turns his usual sharp eye on his own game and his self-criticisms are instructive.
     Our bonus commentary today is from the second round of the 11th Chinese NEC Cup, played September 10, 2005 between Yu Bin 9P and Zhou Heyang 9P. The commentary by Zhou Heyang appeared in the October 1 issue of Weiqi World and was translated by David Wong 2d.

GO REVIEW: Top 10 Go Websites
by Philip Waldron 6d
1.  For many people this is the first -- and the last -- go resource on the web. Containing the latest go news, game records and general interest articles, GoBase always has something for everyone:
2. Sensei's Library:  A collaborative resource written by contributors, Sensei's Library may be the most extensive go resource on the web. Articles cover a variety of topics, including possibly the best discussion of endgame theory published anywhere:
3.  Containing over 7000 go problems, this is a great source of problems about all aspects of the game:
4. The Go Teaching Ladder:  A great site containing nearly 5000 commented go games. Users may search the database for games of interest and can submit their own games for analysis:
5. David Carlton's Go Bibliography:  Run by American go player David Carlton, this web site contains reviews of most English-language go books and many other books from Korean and Japan:
6. The go publishers and distributors: Kiseido, Yutopian, Slate & Shell, Samarkand and (in Europe) Het Paard. The web sites of the major English-language go publishers and distributors. See what's available and what's coming soon:;;;;
7.  A great site with the latest game records and the news about the professional go scene. For a subscription fee, the site offers email delivery of commented professional games:
8. Hikori Mori's "The Interactive Way to Play Go":  A great page for teaching the game to beginners. This page presents the game of go to beginners in 35 steps with interactive tutorials:
9. MSO World: The go page of the Mind Sports Olympiad, this page has not been updated since 2001. It nevertheless includes many fascinating articles by John Fairbairn about go history and personalities:
10. The American Go Association and the European Go Association: The best sources for news about go events closer to home:; http: //
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