World Go News from the American Go Association
August 27, 2007; Volume 8, #63

US GO NEWS: Two New Clubs Form; 1st Call For Redmond Cup & Ing-Redmond
WORLD GO NEWS: Gu Li Takes First Game In China-Korea Tengen; Lee Sedol Wins Prices Information Cup
EUROPEAN GO NEWS: Papazoglou Wins Euro Youth; New Go Pub Out From Swiss; Dutch Summer Go School
GO PHOTOS: The Great Transatlantic T-Shirt Swap & Kato the Cat
GO QUIZ: Young Elder
MEMBER’S EDITION BONUS CONTENT: Calvin Sun 6d (US) takes on Saitou Masaki 6d (Japan) in a WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIM ROUND in the Junior Division earlier this month in Waltham, MA. The commentary is by Alexander Dinerchtein 1P. Zhu Yuanhao 5P looks at NEW OPENING IDEAS in an April 15 article from The World of Weiqi translated by David Wong 2d. In our latest HOT OFF THE PRESS: EXCERPTS FROM NEW GO BOOKS, get a sneak peek at the final volume of the Fujisawa Shuko’s famous Dictionary of Basic Tesuji, translated by Steven Bretherick and just published by Slate & Shell. Non-members: all this great content is just a click away!

TWO NEW CLUBS FORM: “Come play go at the AGA's newest chapter, the Lake Walker Go Club,” says local organizer James Pickett. The club is located in north Baltimore and meets Mondays at 8P. Contact Pickett at 410-433-5257 or email A new club is also forming in Utica, NY. “Beginners are welcome,” says Jed Strohm. “We will be meeting at SUNY-IT, just a few miles off the Thruway exit 31.” The club will meet Thursday evenings from 7 to 10P in Donovan Hall. For more information, contact Strohm at Got club news or updates? Let 11,000 EJ readers know! Email details to us at

1ST CALL FOR REDMOND CUP & ING-REDMOND: Registration is now open for the 2008 Redmond Cup and ING-Redmond tournaments, reports None Redmond. There are two divisions in the Cup; the Junior league for those under 12 (must be 5 kyu or stronger) and the Senior league for dan players 12-18 years old. The ING-Redmond is open to players 5 dan and above who are less than 30 years old. Early rounds are played online and the finals will be played at the 2008 U.S. Go Congress in Portland, OR. For complete rules and to register, email None Redmond at before January 31st 2008.

GU LI TAKES FIRST GAME IN CHINA-KOREA TENGEN: Gu Li 9P (l) of China won the first game in his match with Cho Hanseung 9P of Korea on Monday, August 27th. This best-of-three-game match is an annual event between the winner of the Chinese Tianyuan title and the Korean Chunwon title (the corresponding title in Japanese is the Tengen), sponsored by a Chinese and a Korean newspaper. Gu Li, in his twenties, is well known as one of the very top Chinese pros; he has won many titles, both national and international. He currently holds two of the top Chinese titles, the Mingren and the Tianyuan, as well as the international Chunlan Cup. Cho, aka Jo Hanseung, also in his twenties, has had less success so far, but he did defeat Lee Sedol 9P 3-1 to take the current Chunwon title.

LEE SEDOL WINS PRICES INFORMATION CUP: Lee Sedol 9P (r) defeated Lee Younggu 6P on Tuesday, September 21st, to take the 3rd Korean Prices Information Cup with a score of 2-1. Lee Sedol has long been one of the very top Korean players, winning many national and international titles. He won this cup last year and currently holds three other national titles, as well as the international Toyota Denso World Oza and the Asian TV Cup. Lee Younggu (aka Yeongkyu), whose twentieth birthday is September 23rd, has yet to win a title. He won the first game in the best-of-three-game finals. The Prices Information Cup is a new fast play tournament, started in 2005. Lee Sedol also won this cup in its inaugural year.

PAPAZOGLOU WINS EURO YOUTH: Benjamin Papazoglou 5d of France won the European Student Go Championship, held August 6-8 in Stockholm, Sweden. Martin Jurek 4d of Czechia took 2nd and Merlijn Kuin 6d of The Netherlands placed 3rd (click here for complete results). Papazoglou, who will represent Europe at the World Student Championship, was French champion in 2004, and won the Young French Championship five times.
- reported by Marilena Bara, EJ Special Correspondent & Press Officer for the Romanian GO Federation. Photo by Krister Strand; click here to see more.

NEW GO PUB OUT FROM SWISS: The Swiss Go Organization has begun publishing Suji, a new English-language go magazine available online. Two issues have been published thus far, packed with plenty of fascinating go material, including an interesting profile of Ion Florescu, the Romanian go player who was one of the first Europeans to become an insei. Florescu tells a wonderful story in Suji #2 about the time he was doing byo-yomi for a pro game that entered byo-yomi early. “The game was very close so they were spending a long time for each move, counting and recounting the score,” Florescu recounts. “I was watching them, the game and the clock as well, while sitting in seiza (the polite way to sit next to professionals when assisting them). My job was to count the time only, but I was also counting the score, trying to guess who's going to win. They played several ko fights, capturing in the end more than 100 prisoners! They even finished the stones they had in bowls, (and) were forced to get a new bowl each... The game lasted very long and an incredible number of moves were played. In the end, I guessed the score right and the happiness I felt healed instantly the pain I had in my legs, after sitting in seiza for so many hours. Later on, I learned that the game was one of the longest games ever played in professional tournaments in Japan." The game can be viewed on the Suji homepage

DUTCH SUMMER GO SCHOOL: "How could you decide on your strategy if you do not know the score?” asked Cho Seok-bin 7d, “In my games I count every four or five moves!" Cho was the main instructor at this year’s Summer School August 15-19 in Lunteren, Holland, attended by more than fifty players from Holland and Belgium. The former Korean insei – who placed 3rd in this year’s European Go Congress – was assisted by Dutchmen Robert Rehm 5d, recent winner of the Amsterdam Open, and Michiel Eykhout 6d, editor of the Dutch magazine GO. The second annual 5-day event featured Round Table Go – players participate in a roundtable discussion of the first hundred moves of a game – as well as games, lectures and a tournament. A resident of Hamburg, Germany, Cho – who plays and teaches on KGS as bin7674 -- hopes to move to Poland to study International Relations at Warsaw University. Cho has won many weekend tourneys in Europe and likes Poland and Warsaw a lot, as he won the Warsaw Open at the University twice and also enjoyed teaching at the recent Summer Camp in the North of Poland. Despite missing the first round of the event tournament, Cho won first place 4-0, with second place going to Willem Mallon of Holland and third for Jan Ramon of Belgium. Both are 4D and scored 4-1, but Ramon's result is remarkable, as his eye-sight is so severely handicapped that he needs an long-glass to glare over the positions on the board.
- Reported by Peter Dijkema, EJ Special Correspondent and editor-in-chief of’s news section (at far right in photo by Rob Friederichs, Dutch Go Federation director of communication).

By Stefan Helms
    Get up. Have a go lesson with a strong Chinese go player. Eat good Chinese food. Play go. Review games. Eat more good Chinese food. Repeat daily - with breaks for sightseeing and exploring - for up to two months. Created by Carl Johan Ragnarsson and Michael Yao in 2003, the third annual "Go To China" trip brought together go players from all over the world to study in downtown Beijing this summer for 4-8-week sessions.
    I arrived in the Chongwenmen area of urban Beijing on June 23rd, where I soon met the other participants. Of the twenty-eight players, three were American, eleven German, five hailed from Sweden, not including Ragnarrson and Yao, both of whom have lived in Sweden, and the others collectively represented almost all areas of northern Europe. Although the participants varied in geographic origin, almost everyone was in the 7k-3dan range, with the strongest player being from Amsterdam. Most of the participants were somewhat familiar with one another through having played on KGS, making it easy for everyone on the trip to bond from early on.
    Each day we woke up in our respective apartments for 10 AM go lectures taught by various strong Chinese players including Jeff Chang (9d KGS) and Will Zhang (9d KGS). For these two hours, our group of 28 split into three groups according to rank. One teacher was assigned to each group, and during these two-hour lectures the teachers shared countless opening game, mid-game and endgame strategies, reviewed both peer and pro games, and made sure their lessons were understood to the fullest. Although our main lectures occurred during these two hours, I often talked late into the night with Jeff and the other pros -- who were so much a part of our group that they slept in apartments with the rest of us -- about everything from josekis to Chinese culture. After two-hour lectures, we ordered in excellent food from surrounding restaurants for lunch before beginning our afternoon games against one another. We would play these games and often review them with our teachers until dinner time, where our whole group-led by native Chinese speakers hired to help make the trip go smoothly-would often travel to a nearby restaurant together. The rest of the night, people either played or studied go or explored the city. Often, after having studied the aggressive yet elegant Chinese style of go play, we went to bed each night feeling we were better go players than we had been the night before.
    On the weekends, some
continued to play go while most people ventured off to Beijing tourist attractions such as the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market or the Summer Palace. It was at these places that us Westerners, used to paying high prices for things made cheaply in China, were able to live like kings and buy things we would never consider buying back home. When we were not playing go, we enjoyed Beijing to the fullest. The excellent instruction and living conditions helped improve my game tremendously. Click here for more information on the "Go To China" trip. Photo of Forbidden City art courtesy Stefan Helms

GO PHOTOS: (left) The Great Transatlantic T-Shirt Swap: 2007 European Go Congress Director Rainer Stowasser models his U.S. Go Congress t-shirt; he’d sent USGC organizers EGC t-shirts via EJ Managing Editor Chris Garlock, who covered both Congresses. (right) Matthew Burrall 7d plays Kato the Cat. GOT CAPTION? For bonus points in this week’s Go Quiz (see below), click here to submit your candidate for a caption for this photo.

GO QUIZ: Young Elder
Your quizmaster thought he would trick more of you this week, but 9 of 20 knew that Kobayashi -- not the younger Cho Chikun -- was the correct answer to last week’s quiz question about who was the last to become a live-in disciple at the Kitani Dojo. Quoting elder disciple Ishida Yoshio (in GoGod's New in Go) "In 1961, the Kitani Dojo (pictured) moved to Yotsuya. Cho Chikun joined that year. We had to wait until 1965 for Kobyashi Koichi to join." Cho was 5 when he came to Japan to live at the Dojo, Kobayashi was 13. Seven of you did say Cho. Two each chose the late Kato Masao, who needs no introduction, and Miyazawa Goro who, while he has never won a big seven title, is much admired by professionals for his aggressive style. Congrats to Andy Tu, this weeks winner, selected at random from those answering correctly. QUIZ STANDINGS: Waldron 24/27, Salamony 21/24, Kerr 13/13, Fung 10/10, Denis 10/11, R Hayes 8/10, R Mercado 6/7. THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: The first Japanese modern 9 dan was Fujisawa Hosai. The first Chinese 9 dan was Go Seigen. Who was the first Korean 9 dan? Was it Cho Nam Ch-ch'eol, Cho Hun Hyeon, Seo Pong-su or none of the above? Click here to submit your answer.
- Quizmaster Keith Arnold, HKA


PLAYERS WANTED: Players near Orlando, FL, all strengths welcome, for more information please contact; I'm AGA 1d. (8/27)

PLAYERS WANTED: Birmingham, AL: The Birmingham Go Association is looking for players of all ages and ranks. We meet 2 nights a week on Sundays 3pm to 6pm at the Riverchase Galleria in the food court in front of Nord's games and on Thursdays 7pm to 11pm at the Books-A-Million on Lakeshore Pkwy in the cafe area. Be sure to check out for the meeting times and directions and register on the site to receive the weekly meeting Announcement. For more info please contact Louis at 12059030688 or (8/20)

PLAYERS WANTED: Hunter College: Members wanted to start go club in Hunter College NY; please contact Boris Bernadsky; 646-821-5588 (8/13)

NEW CLUB FORMING: Barnesville, Georgia: Go club starting in the Fall '07 semester at Gordon College. If interested, please contact the club main advisor at The club will teach new and old players, and will have tournaments with other clubs either online or in person. Also, Gordon College Club will be appearing at Anime Weekend Atlanta for free go lessons on September 21-23 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Calleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia. (8/2)

PLAYERS WANTED: Syracuse, NY: The Syracuse Go Club has set up a second weekly go group on Thursday nights in a new location - the Recess Coffee House at 110 Harvard Place in the Syracuse University neighborhood. 7-10pm. This new alternate location is more convenient for SU students and city residents. The Monday night meetings at Dewitt Wegmans will continue as our home base. (8/2)

PLAYERS WANTED: New Port Richey, Florida: Looking for someone to play with or maybe a go club I'm not aware of. I'm AGA 5k. Email (8/1)

NEW GO WEBSITE: Relatively new website Ichi Ni San Go! is up, please post feedback or suggestions on forums or e-mail (8/1)

PLAYERS WANTED: Detroit, MI: Players of all strengths & ages and/or willing to do teaching games and teach others how to play. (8/1)

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