World Go News from the American Go Association
May 14, 2007; Volume 8, #38

TOP STORIES: Go Leaders Convene Impromptu Summit; Virtual World Gets Go Club
US TOURNAMENT REPORTS: DC & Rockville Tie In Team Match; Cho Seokbin/Glenn Peters Top Portland Pair Go; Osman Wins Western MA Tourney; Dazhi Xu Tops Monthly NYC Tourney
UPCOMING GO EVENTS: Rocky Mountain Go Tournament; Big Baht In Bangkok; Memorial Day With Guo Juan; Fort Myers Launches Monthly Tourneys; NYC To Host Ing Masters Qualifier; Czech Games Festival Includes Go; Kerwin Returns To Hollyhock; US Go Congress Invests In Youth
WORLD GO NEWS: Takao Wins Close First Game In Honinbo; Yoda, Cho & Sakai Lead Battle To Challenge For Meijin; Macfadyen Wins British Candidates' Tournament
AGA NEWS: AGF Launches Logo Contest
GO QUIZ: Travelin' Man
Yang Triple Feature
GO REVIEW: Go World Archive

GO LEADERS CONVENE IMPROMPTU SUMMIT: In a undisclosed location somewhere in England, the Presidents of the American Go Association, the British Go Association and the European Go Federation worked long hours into the night over many bowls of rice and cups of tea on collaborative efforts to promote go around the world, especially across the Atlantic. "In the offing may be trans-Atlantic team tournaments," reports a highly placed AGA administration official, "as well as shared journal resources and increased attendance at each other's go Congresses." EJ sources captured this shot of Lash holding a gift from Atkins that "contains the key to educating youth on the beauty and wonder of the game." Future summits are planned at other equally secure locations to be determined.

VIRTUAL WORLD GETS GO CLUB: The Second Life virtual world now has a go club. The Go Center Of Second Life (photos at right and top), built just last month, features a playing pavilion with several gobans, twice-weekly meetings, and a 27-meter table board. Click here for more info and photos, or email


DC & ROCKVILLE TIE IN TEAM MATCH: Washington and Rockville battled each other to a standstill at Friday night's monthly Team Go match. "In a closely contested match, the visitors from the Bethesda-based Greater Washington Go Club and the Rockville Go & Chess Group home team struggled to a mutually agreed upon tie," reports organizer Hal Small. "Both sides agreed to declare the match a draw and the ceremonial victory fan will remain with the Rockville team until the next meeting on June 8 at GWGC." Results: Jinglu Qiao (RGCG) def. Haskell Small (GWGC); Max Peterson (GWGC) def. Frank Chen (RGCG); Todd Heidenreich (RGCG) def. Betsy Small (GWGC); Ben Wang (RGCG) def. Richard Rose (GWGC); Horacio Blumenfeld (GWGC) def Joseph Huang (RGCG); Richard Rose (GWGC) def. David Palmer (RGCG); Frank Chen (RGCG) def. Max Peterson (GWGC); Richard Rose (GWGC) def. Margot Bauman (RGCG); Max Peterson (GWGC) def. Todd Heidenreich (RGCG); Betsy Small (GWGC) def. Frank Chen (RGCG); Nathaniel Klinger (RGCG) def. Richard Rose (GWGC).
- additional reporting by John Goon

CHO SEOKBIN/GLENN PETERS TOP PORTLAND PAIR GO: The Cho SeokBin/Glenn Peters team took first place at the May 5 Pair Go event at Reed college in Portland OR. The tournament included five male/female pairs, plus three male/male pairs that formed when some of the original registrants couldn't attend. "For many, it was the first time playing Pair Go," reports organizer Akane Negishi, "it was such a blast!" Adds Negishi, "playing Pair Go is a fun way to find out your strength, weakness, and your own style. We should do this every year, and hopefully we'll get more female players by next time!" Results: 1st place Cho SeokBin/Glenn Peters 3-0; 2nd place Peter Freedman/Matt 2-1; 3rd place Cynthia Gatsy/Jim Levenick 2-1. For Wendie & Josh Gum 0-3 pair, 1 month of free KGSPlus (KGS features PairGo/Rengo). "Many thanks to Allan Abramson for the tips," says Negishi, "and to Albyn Jones for the venue, William Shubert for extra prizes, and The International Pair Go Association for the generous support." photo courtesy Akane Negishi

OSMAN WINS WESTERN MA TOURNEY: Eric Osman 2d swept the May 6 Western Massachusetts Spring Tournament in Amherst, MA. Winners: Dan: 1st. Eric Osman 2d (4-0); 2nd: Micah Feldman 5d; 3rd: Robert Ferguson 2d. Kyu: 1st: Alex Henzel 5k (4-0); 2nd: Scott Magnoni 14k (4-0). Fighting Spirit: Damian Muriel 30k.

DAZHI XU TOPS MONTHLY NYC TOURNEY: Dazhi Xu 5d emerged as the champion over a field of nineteen strong competitors from all over the Tri-State area at the May 6 New York Go Center tournament. "No one went undefeated in our monthly rating slugfest," reports the Center's Roy Laird. Other (3-game) winners: 2nd: Sudhir Vel 1d; 3rd: Marshall Powers 5k; 4th: Edward Gaillard 2k; 5th: Avi Moshovitz 8k and 6th: Pierre Viola 10k. "Players from 5-dan to 20-kyu refreshed themselves between rounds in the garden," adds Laird, "while TD Christopher Vu kept everything moving nicely."


ROCKY MOUNTAIN GO TOURNAMENT: May 19, Colorado Springs, CO. Colorado Technical University, Jim Michali 719.487.8816

BIG BAHT IN BANGKOK: More than 100,000 Baht ($3,000 USD) is up for grabs at the 1st The Mall Go International Competition, scheduled for May 19-20 in Bangkok, Thailand. Info/registration:

MEMORIAL DAY WITH GUO JUAN: May 25-27: Round Top, NY; Jean-Claude Chetrit 718.638.2266

FORT MYERS LAUNCHES MONTHLY TOURNEYS: The Ft. Myers Go Club is starting monthly tournaments on the second Saturday of each month, reports organizer Kent Secor. The first tournament will be June 8th at the Cape Coral Public Library, with registration at 9:30 and the first round at 10. To pre-register, email Kent Secor at or check out Secor's blog

NYC TO HOST ING MASTERS QUALIFIER: The New York Go Center will host a North American Ing Masters Qualifier on Sunday, June 10. Sponsored by the Ing Foundation and organized by the AGA, this series of six playoffs across the country and two on the Internet provides strong players across the country a chance to join a field of seeded professionals in a field of 16 to compete for $3,000 at the US Go Congress in July-August. Pre-registration required: email and click here for full details.

CZECH GAMES FESTIVAL INCLUDES GO: A go tournament is part of the 18th International Festival of Chess, Bridge and Games, set for July 12-29 in Pardubice, Czech Republic, reports Dr. Jan Mazuch, Festival Director. Other games include renju, Sudoku, Scrabble (played in Czech only), backgammon, Magic and more. Click here for details on the go tournament or here for general event info.

KERWIN RETURNS TO HOLLYHOCK: After a long absence, Jim Kerwin's legendary go workshop returns to Cortes Island in British Columbia, Canada July 8-13. "If you're not one of the few and fortunate to have experienced this workshop before, you're in for a huge treat!" says Eric Wainwright. Click here for full story and registration details.

US GO CONGRESS INVESTS IN YOUTH: US Go Congress organizers are more than doubling the pro presence at the Congress Youth program this year. "We're aiming to make the Youth Program stronger than ever," Congress co-director Peter Nassar reports. "This year we will have 2-4 professional go players teaching every day, plus pro clinics each day." Five hours of daily instruction, in the form of game analyses, lectures, and simuls will be available for kids. Longtime Youth Room Director Todd Heidenreich is passing the torch to AGF Teacher of the Year - and EJ Youth Editor - Paul Barchilon. "Todd has devoted seven years to running the Youth Room at the Congress and has helped raise a generation of go playing whiz kids," says Nassar. Heidenreich will join the EJ Congress Team this year, broadcasting top boards live on KGS. "I am very excited to have the opportunity to run the youth room," says Barchilon, "and I look forward to working with the kids." In addition to expanded access to professional instruction, the Congress will also have several youth tournaments with a big prize budget. "With pizza parties, prizes and tons of fun, we aim to make this a memorable Congress for all the kids!" says Barchilon.


TAKAO WINS CLOSE FIRST GAME IN HONINBO: Takao Shinji 9P (l) has won the first game in the defense of his Honinbo title against challenger Yoda Norimoto 9P. Takao's margin of victory was the narrowest possible: a mere half point after 282 moves. The game (attached) features "Very unusual joseki" according to Alexander Dinerchtein 1P in the latest GoAma. Dinerchtein calls Black 9 and 17 "Weird moves." If Takao wins this match, it will be his third consecutive year as Japanese Honinbo; he is also the current Meijin, which he took from Cho U 9P last year. These two prestigious titles are the only ones Takao holds, although he has won other minor titles, including the Ryusei twice. Yoda, who is ten years older, has an outstanding record, winning many titles, including the first international Samsung in 1996, and among the top seven Japanese titles, the Judan, the Gosei, and the Meijin, the last for four consecutive years in 2000-2003.

YODA, CHO & SAKAI LEAD BATTLE TO CHALLENGE FOR MEIJIN: Yoda Norimoto 9P, Cho U 9P, and Sakai Hideyuki 7P lead the League round robin to determine the challenger for the Japanese Meijin title held by Takao Shinji 9P. With just a few games to go, the latter two have the advantage of having only one loss, while Yoda is 4-2. Sakai appearance in this group is a bit of a surprise; a former World Amateur Champion who did a medical degree before becoming a pro, his professional playing career is shorter than others his age and he has yet to win a title. Cho is the youngest of the three, born in Taiwan in 1980, and has been a dominant force in recent years, winning many top Japanese titles, including Honinbo, Meijin, Oza, Judan, and Gosei, as well as some minor international titles. Yoda is fourteen years older than Cho, but also has had an illustrious career, though without as much success in recent years. Among the others in the League, Yamada Kimio 9P has a 3-2 record. Kobayashi Satoru 9P and Mimura Tomoyasu 9P are both at 2-3, while Hikosaka Natoto 9P and Ko Iso 7P are at 2-4. Yamashita Keigo 9P is surprisingly out of the running at 1-4. Another sign of the tightness of this contest is the fact that there have been three half point games (one each by the three leaders) and four decided by one and a half points.

MACFADYEN WINS BRITISH CANDIDATES' TOURNAMENT: Matthew Macfadyen 6d (r) of Leamington won all six games to top the tournament to determine the League for the British Go Championship. The current champion is Bei Ge 5d, who is originally from Beijing. He will be joined in the League by Macfadyen, who was the champion last year, Des Cann 5d, Alex Selby 3d, David Ward 4d, T. Mark Hall 4d, Will Brooks 3d, and Sam Aitken 3d. The top two players from this round robin League will play a best-of-five-game title match. Since 1978, Macfadyen has been British Champion twenty-one times.


AGF LAUNCHES LOGO CONTEST: The American Go Foundation has launched a logo contest, reports Terry Benson. The American Go Foundation is a major supporter of youth go in the United States, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support 100 new programs each of the last several years in schools, community groups, and libraries. Deadline for submission is June 10, 2007. Click here for full contest details.

GO QUIZ: Travelin' Man
Most of you (13/16) knew that SmartGo's Anders Kierulf (l) was the guy with the NC, CA and UT license plates. Thanks to Anders for suggesting the question (hey, wait a minute, talk about free advertising!). Chuck Robbins gets around to tournaments, but the man behind MasterGo has always been in Pennsylvania; Bruce "Nemesis" Wilcox has done some traveling, but not in NC or Utah, while David Fotland developed "Many Faces of Go" in California. Congrats to Grant Kerr, this week's winner, chosen at random from those answering correctly. Standings update - Waldron 16/17, Salamony 13/14, Denis 10/11, Kerr 8/8, Terry Fung 5/5 and R. Hayes 5/6. Remember, send more go vanity plate photos to
THIS WEEK'S QUIZ: We have been passing stones for over a decade now and the AGA rules certainly appear here to stay. In fact, they have even been the inspiration and model for another national rule set - including the passed stone rule. Which one - Great Britain, Italy, France or New Zealand? Click here to vote.

In today's game commentary, Yilun Yang 7P takes a look at a game between two 5-kyus. Plus, sharpen up your endgame skills with Yang's endgame problems.
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 click here to get them for most platforms at Jan van der Steen's Gobase.

GO REVIEW: Go World Archive
Reviewed by Roy Laird
Full disclosure: I own every issue of Go World magazine, 110 of them to be exact, all 13.4" of shelf space; if I'm not the most objective reviewer, I'm certainly an informed one. Not that well informed of course -- if I'd read half the material that's in there, surely I'd be shodan by now! But I know enough to know that the Go World material from the past thirty years is the OED, the Britannica, the magnum opus, the mother of all lodes of go wisdom. Now the complete first 108 issues, from 1977 to 2006, is available for $99.95 on three DVDs, 7.54 GB to be exact, 108 PDF files (available separately for $2.50 each.), with access to a variety of search option. My favorite is the GoBase page, with 30 or so preset categories and a keyword-based system. Each CD contains complete indices for all issues (oddly, each link offers the option to "Click and Buy" the issue you already presumably own), but to avoid error messages and get the most out of it, you'll want to dump everything into one directory on a hard drive.
What's there? Just about everything, and lots of it -- nearly 7000 pages in all! The heart of the collection is detailed analysis of more than 1000 of the most important title matches played in the past thirty years. The games alone will keep the most avid student busy for years.
On the instruction side, it's hard to know where to begin. Honda's The Great Joseki Debates, now out of print and selling online for up to $30, appeared in its entirety in Go World first; and there are many other equally worthy book-length series: "Good and Bad Style", "Blueprint 361", "Tesuji Magic" and "Annals of Handicap Go", to name a few. The "News" section features a complete account of world go; oddities and curiosities such as "The 19 Stone Extension" and "The Driftwood Board" abound throughout; and did I mention the covers? Each one features a piece of classic Asian art with a go theme, beautifully printed with explanatory text. Great gobs of problems, targeted instruction on every phase of the game for all levels, the equivalent of 50 or more books covering every aspect of the game -- the GW oeuvre is truly "one-stop shopping" for the serious player.
Now that you can search, sort and find all this stuff, how will you use it? There are some drawbacks to viewing this type of material on the monitor. Text and accompanying diagram often do not appear together, and flipping back and forth onscreen is clunkier than just using eyeballs and paper. (I guess that's one reason that even the digital age, there are more books in print than ever.) So when you find instructional material you want to read, you'll probably want to print it out. Printing sample pages on my HP PSC 500 inkjet printer and comparing to the original, I found the quality of the digital copy pretty good, certainly legible, but not quite as sharp as the original; I found some of the black stone numbers in the diagrams a bit hard to read. They're not as clear, for instance, as the diagrams in EJ PDF downloads that are prepared digitally, rather than scanned; but they might print up better on a higher quality printer, and they probably wouldn't bother some people. On the other hand, bright white printer paper makes the text stand out, compared to the off-white paper of Go World print copies. To see for yourself, download issue #45 and see what you think.
For the serious student, the Go World digital archive is unquestionably the best value on the market today. But when it comes to studying, I'm glad to have my hard copies; I'll probably search, find, then do it the old fashioned way -- sit down with a Go World magazine and a go board and begin to lay out the stones.

- VIRTUAL PLAYERS WANTED: Play go in The Second Life virtual world's go club, The Go Center Of Second Life. Features a playing pavilion with several gobans, twice-weekly meetings, and a 27-meter table board. Click here for more info and photos, or email
- PLAYERS WANTED: Kansas City metro area; email if you live in the Kansas City area; I am trying to get a go club started. (5/14)
- PLAYERS WANTED: Philadelphia, PA. Looking for players in the Center City area for a newborn club. If interested, please contact (5/7)
- PLAYERS WANTED: South Jersey: Looking for strong players in the South Jersey area. Contact (4/23)
- BOOKS FOR SALE: Best offer before May 1 (click here for list Please include shipping in your offer. Email bids to: (4/23)
- PLAYERS WANTED: Springfield, OR: I would like to try and start up another go club here; Kurschun Finch (4/23)
- WANTED: Floor go board new or used, no preference. Email 4/23
- PLAYERS WANTED: Anyone in the southern Salt Lake, Utah area that wants
to set up a club, middle-schoolers wanted most. E-mail me at (4/16)

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