World Go News from the American Go Association
September 3, 2007; Volume 8, #64

Nam Wins Chi Tourney; U.S. Team Invited To Hangzhou Tourney; September Preview; 1st U.S. Internet Pair Go Tourney Set; ’07 Challengers Announced; Kids, Go & Chess
WORLD GO NEWS: Gu Li Wins China-Korea Tengen Match; Xie Yimin To Challenge For Japanese Women's Honinbo; Ge Wins UK Korean Ambassador’s Cup
GO QUIZ: Cat Got Your Tongue?
YOUTH GO: Report from the World Chinese Youth Go Tournament
MEMBER’S EDITION BONUS CONTENT: Wang Yuan 8P on how to TAKE THE BIG POINTS FIRST; from The World of Weiqi, (June 1, 2007), translated by David Wong 2d. Our latest Hot Off The Press features a excerpt of KOBAYASHI SATORU 9P’s Perceiving the Direction of Play. In this third book from the new Hinoki Press, Kobayashi focuses on developing the reader’s perception of the correct direction of play, in joseki, the opening, and in fighting. He uses examples from his own games, including games that he lost. Non-members: all this great content is just a click away!

NAM WINS CHI TOURNEY: GunWoo Nam 7d (r, in white jacket) swept all four rounds to win the Chicago No-Handicap Tournament, held September 1 in Chicago, IL. Winner’s Report: Dan Division: 1st: GunWoo Nam 7d; 2nd: William Zhou 7d; 3rd: Dennis Liang 6d; 4th: Yen-Wei Huang 7d. Kyu Division: 1st: Michael Skalak 3k; 2nd: Daniel Smith 2k; 3rd: Mark Rubenstein 4k; 4th: Michael Schwartz 3k. photo courtesy Chien-Wei Chang

U.S. TEAM INVITED TO HANGZHOU TOURNEY: The U.S. has been invited to send a team to the upcoming Hangzhou International City Go Tournament, reports AGA President Mike Lash. Anyone interested in being on the team must contact Nicole Casanta as soon as possible, as the team names must be submitted by September 20. “In order to represent the AGA, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident,” says Lash, “and must be an AGA full member in good standing for at least a year prior as of September 20, 2007.” The AGA will pay the players’ registration fees and room and board are subsidized, but players are responsible for their own travel expenses. “There will be 30 teams from all over the world and China,” Lash says. “This year, the tournament will be part of the 2007 West Lake Exposition, a large Chinese cultural event.” The tournament runs Thursday, October 25 through Monday, October 29. Players not on the U.S. team may also participate in the tournament. For more info contact Casanta at

SEPTEMBER PREVIEW: With 14 go tournament or events on the calendar, September offers something for go players coast to coast. See below for details or click here for more details.
September 7: Washington, DC: Yuan Zhou 7d Lesson;; September 8: Davis, CA; Davis/Sacramento Fall Quarterly; Willard Haynes 916.929.6112; September 8: Ft. Myers, FL: Ft. Myers Go Club Fall Rating Tournament; Kent Secor 239.222.3625; September 9: New York, NY: New York Go Center September Rating Tournament; TD: Steve Bretherick 212.223.0342; September 14: Washington, DC: Team Match; September 15-16: College Park, MD: 19th Mid-Atlantic Championship; Ken Koester 410.267.0487; Steve Mount; September 15: Livermore, CA: Livermore Vintage Go Event; A Day of Go and Wine at Livermore Valley Cellars Winery; Ming Gu 650.804.5001; September 15: Tacoma, WA: Annual Fall Tournament; Gordon Castanza 253.853.4831; September 22-23: Menlo Park, CA: Bay Area Go Players Fall Tournament; Steve Burrall 916.688.2858; September 22-23: Philadelphia, PA: 2007 Philadelphia Fall Open; $1,000 1st Prize! Register by Sept. 15, and save $5.00 on the tournament fee! Peter Nassar 215.898.6271; September 23: New York, NY: M
aster Player Lecture featuring Dae-yol Kim 7D; Roy Laird 212.223.0342; September 29-30: Cary, NC: Triangle Memorial ; $400 first prize in top section Paul Celmer 919.610.0927; September 29, 2007: Middlebury, VT: Last Dango in Vermont; Peter Schumer 802.388.3934; September 29: Tacoma, WA: Back-To-School Fall Tournament; Gordon Castanza 253.853.4831; September 30: NY Go Center Hosts Kazunari Furuyama 7D; Co-author of Kiseido's three-volume "Get Strong at Joseki" series teaches

1ST U.S. INTERNET PAIR GO TOURNEY SET: The first U.S. national internet Pair Go tournament will be held this October and November. “Using the internet will overcome the limitations of distance,” says Allan Abramson of the NOVA Go Club, which is organizing the event. There will be no entry fees and no prizes, “Just fun!” Abramson promises. Registration deadline is midnight, September 30. The playing conditions will be 45 minutes/side, no overtime, and one game a week. Two byes will be allowed per team during the tournament. Teams will be expected to contact each other to schedule the games, and to report the results to Abramson by Sunday night each week. Click here for more details and registration info.

COTSEN SET FOR NOVEMBER: The annual Cotsen Go Tournament, one of the biggest go events in the U.S., has been set for November 10-11 at the historic Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more details or email

’07 CHALLENGERS ANNOUNCED: The list of 2007 Shodan Challengers who successfully met their Shodan Challenge goals has been released: 10k Bracket: Anthony Postert (10k), Joe Jordan (10k), Matt Inwood (10k), Nathan Schmitz (2k), Ramon Mercado (9k); 5k Bracket: Jason Preuss (5k), Bob Nugmanov (5k), Justin Urban (3k); 1d Bracket: Daniel Poore (1d), Jaime Kaszynski (1d), Jason Allen (1k), John Moore (2d), Jonathan Sobieski (2d), Sudhir Vel (1d), Ze-Li Dou (2d). “We also would like to give honorable mentions to those who made their unofficial goal,” say Challenge Coordinators Lee Huynh and Laura Kolb. Those include Aaron Fox, Henry Hunt, Marc Habert, Mark Schlatter, Mike Waggoner, Nikolas J. Stimpson and Ze-Li Dou. “Congratulations to all,” say Huynh and Kolb, who add that details of the 2008 Challenge will be released soon.

KIDS, GO & CHESS: “Two ancient games of cunning and patience: In one, sculpted armies face each other, with ornate towers and galloping horses ready for battle; in the other, humble stones of black and white fill a vast, blank space, struggling to surround each other, building up networks of escalating intricacy.” That’s the opening of Ethan Goffman’s article on how “Two classic games teach children useful skills” in the current issue of Knucklebones, a national magazine devoted to board games. The article features interviews with AGA Board Chair Roy Laird, Outreach Coordinator John Goon, and EJ Youth Editor Paul Barchilon. “Goffman captures the essence of what makes both go and chess great as learning tools for kids,” reports Barchilon. The current issue (November) has sold out already, but it can still be purchased from shops and a few online retailers. To read or download a PDF of the article, click here

GU LI WINS CHINA-KOREA TENGEN MATCH: The annual best-of-three-game match between the winner of the Chinese Tianyuan title and the winner of the Korean Chunwon title (Japanese: Tengen) brought together Gu Li 9P (r) of China and Cho Hanseung 9P (aka Jo Hanseung) of Korea this past week. Gu took it for China this time by a score of 2-0. Cho had defeated Lee Sedol 9P to win the Korean title 3-1, while Gu beat Liu Shizhen 6P 2-1. Both Gu and Cho are in their twenties, though Gu has had a much more successful career. The score in the dual international match was 2-0, though Gu won the second game by only a half point.

XIE YIMIN TO CHALLENGE FOR JAPANESE WOMEN'S HONINBO: Teenager Xie Yimin 3P (aka Shei Imin, left) defeated Kobayashi Izumi 6P last week by 1.5 points to win the right to challenge Yashiro Kumiko 5P for the Japanese Women's Honinbo title. Xie won her first title last year, the Japanese Strongest Woman tournament, winning every game by resignation. Yashiro is hoping for a threepeat in the Women's Honinbo match. She took the title from Chinen Kaori 4P in 2005 and held on to it against Inori Yoko 5P last year. Xie made it to the semifinals of the Women's Kisei this year, where she lost to eventual winner of the title, Umezawa Yukari 5P. She is also playing in the semifinals of the Women's Meijin, where she is again paired against Kobayashi Izumi.

GE WINS UK KOREAN AMBASSADOR’S CUP: Bei Ge (r) won the Korean Ambassador's Cup Go Tournament on August 27 at the Mind Sports Olympiad, held in Potters Bar, UK. “Eight of Britain's strongest go players battled it out over three rounds for the right to represent the UK at the International Go Tournament being held in October by the Korean Amateur Baduk Association,” reports British Go Association President Ron Bell. Second place went to Matthew Cocke and third to Alistair Wall. The Ambassador’s Cup will be held in Suwon City, Korea October 12-17.

GO QUIZ: Cat Got Your Tongue?
32 responded to last week’s quiz on the first Korean 9 dan – including 16 who recognized that Korea's first 9 dan was Cho Hun Hyeon -- but because of the photo caption contest (click here to vote for the best captio
n), I only got one comment, noting that "Cho Hun Hyeon was the first 9d from the Korean Baduk Association in 1982, Cho Nam Ch'eol made 9d in 1983 (4 picked him), and Seo Pong-su (4 as well) in 1986, but Cho Chikun beat them all by making 9d in 1981". Well done Ms. Salamony! Only 8 had the correct answer: none of the above! For those who cry foul (Phil Waldron, Richard Hayes), the question clearly stated that Go Seigen was the first Chinese 9 dan - and he was not a 9 dan in China, just as Cho Chikun made 9 dan in Japan. Our photo this week shows Cho Chikun's arrival in Japan, with his uncle, Cho Nam Ch'eol, along with his older brother, Kitani with his wife and daughter, and a very young Kobayashi Chizu. Congrats to this week's winner, Nikolas Koulouris. THIS WEEK’S QUIZ: What about China? Which of the following can say they were made 9 dan before anyone else by the Chinese Wei Chi Association - was it Nie Weiping, Chen Zude, Ma Xiaochun or none of the above? Click here to submit your careful answer.
- Quizmaster Keith Arnold, HKA; photo courtesy My Friday Night Go Files

YOUTH GO: Report from the World Chinese Youth Go Tournament
by Calvin Lee, Special EJ Correspondent
    The 2nd World Chinese Youth Go Tournament, held by the Hong Kong Go Association, took place from August 19th to the 23rd at the YMCA Wu Kai Sha Village in Hong Kong. The tournament, divided into four age groups, boasted over 200 players, representing 26 different go schools. China had 21 teams, each from various provinces, while Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the USA filled the remaining slots. Two schools from Hong Kong sent more than 50 players. The tournament consisted of six matches, played over three days in a 3-2-1 format. The United States sent Jimmy Guo, age 15, 6d, Calvin Lee, age 17, 5d, (Jimmy and Calvin are in the photo at right) and Tony Zhang, age 14, 5d, in the A division, Lionel Zhang, age 12, 5d, in the B division and Hugh Zhang (below, in white shirt), age 10, 5d, in the C division. Hugh’s mother Lisa Shan was the team leader. Jimmy Guo took 4th in the A division with a 5-1 record, while the USA as a team took 3rd place in the A division and 8th in Group A & B together. The tournament directors also graciously offered Lionel’s sister Shannon and Tony’s brother and sister Sammy and Joy the chance to participate in the tournament, as they were staying with their respective siblings anyway.
Going into the tournament, I had expected the competition to be fierce and almost impossible to keep up with. Chinese kids are supposedly amazing, making even the strongest American youths look like nothing special. The youth participating at this tournament were not at the professional level yet, but they were plenty strong. Many of the kids were Chinese 3 to 5 dan. Although our first reactions were always of shock, we became used to encountering six-year-old 5-dans. The matches were very quickly paced, with 45 minutes absolute time, meaning no overtime periods of byo-yomi. This set a great deal of time pressure on the American team as we were used to at least an hour of main time and 5 periods of 30 seconds byo-yomi. However, players were able to persevere, and all five members of the American team were able to finish with at least an even record. Outside of matches, team USA spent most of their time in their rooms, playing games for fun and discussing various aspects of the game. For example, there was a heated debate about the merits of the descent versus the hanging connection for the 3-4 high-approach one-space pincer joseki. I think that through this sharing of playing styles and knowledge, we were all able to improve our ability. At night, while a number of kids played simultaneous teaching games with professionals, we would play games with the Shenzhen team or review games with Liang Weitang 9P. For meals we had traditional Chinese cuisine, eating breakfast and lunch at the YMCA village and a seafood dinner at a nearby restaurant.
    On the last day, the tournament provided tour buses for everyone to go to dinner and sightseeing. The main stop of the tour was Tai Ping Mountain, where people could look down upon the entire city of Hong Kong. Unfortunately, fog obscured our vision the night we went.     Throughout the four days of the tournament, our coach Lisa Shan took care of us and made sure that everyone was okay, offering encouragement and motherly support to all members of the team. As a whole, the tournament not only provided an opportunity for us to make friends with go players from all over Asia, but it also allowed us to see the game in a new light.     Despite language barriers or cultural differences, go continues to bridge the gap by providing a universal channel of communication that will surely last for the ages.
Photo of Tony Zhang by Lisa Shan.

by Motoko Arai
And now for something completely different.
    My husband and I play go together at home. And yes, we're at about the same level. You'll have to forgive me if I brag about that a little bit. I mean, sure, there are probably a lot of couples who play go together, but I doubt there are many of them who can say that they're at the same level. Furthermore, my husband and I started playing go at the same time, we played our first games together, and we have progressed at roughly the same pace. That's a pretty impressive history, I'd say. I think it's definitely something we have a right to boast about.
    So, someone about the same playing strength as you lives with you, under the same roof. I'm afraid I really can't find the right words for how good this situation is. Of course, if I put it like that, I guess my husband and I really should be stronger than we are. But despite it being such a good situation, and despite our studying together... I guess we just have to try harder.
Up till now I've written about going over masters' games and about doing life and death problems. Both of these things my husband and I have studied together, as a couple. So, what good did it do us to do these things together? When going over masters' games, most people do it alone, playing both the black and white moves themselves. But with two of us, I can say, "I'll play Black - could you play White for me?" and we can divide the labor. If you play the games out like this, even though you're going over the same games you would be going over alone, there's a lot more feeling involved. (If you wonder why this is so, maybe it's because you end up cheering your color on, hoping you'll win.) Compare this method to the more mechanical running through the moves alone, and you'll find that doing it together is much more absorbing. In addition, this happens: "Huh? Why didn't you play here? Why did you play there instead?" "Well, obviously it's because I'm more worried about things on this part of the board at the moment." With this kind of banter going on while you're playing, you really do a better job of studying the game. (All right, so whether this can really be called "studying" is a topic for a separate article.)
    As for life and death: "Hmm, Black to live. Okay then, I'll play black. Honey, can you play White?" Do life and death problems like this and your poor reading skills will quickly disappear. Which is to say, if you're the same level as your partner and you read a life and death problem out wrong, he will gleefully hand you a crushing defeat. (And vice versa, of course.)
    And then, as beginners, if you play out life and death problems together, you get used to seeing some really remarkable moves from your partner. Often these moves are unusual enough that they don't appear in the book of problems that you're studying. When one of you makes a really crazy move that isn't in the book, whoever played it then continues to support the stone, unwilling to admit their error, and a full game erupts! If I had a dime for every time this happened.
    Ah, what a wonderful thing it is to be able to play Go together.
Motoko Arai is an award-winning science fiction author in Japan. Translated by Chris Donner from the Nihon Kiin's Go Weekly (January 22, 2007 issue).


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