American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Tiger Mouth

Tuesday March 18, 2014


Published in the March 18, 2014 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Kaz will re-start private teaching soon for students of all ages.  Under his teaching, even 70 year old single digit kyu students have improved as much as 3 rankings after just a year.  For private lesson details, please email Kaz at

In this E-Journal lesson, Kaz thoroughly covers the “tiger mouth” shape, which he explains is “one of the most basic and important shapes.”  Kaz adds that, “In fact I’ve found that quite a few adults haven’t mastered the tiger mouth.  You may be one of them.  So you might want to study this to review your tiger mouth just in case.  I’m not going to talk about exceptions in this text, because showing various exceptions only confuses kyu players.”

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”.