American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Peep VII

Tuesday April 22, 2014


Published in the April 22, 2014 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Kaz’s private lessons have begun.  He has recently added a new lesson service that includes life-and-death, tesuji, and joseki problems that come up in amateur games most frequently.  Take his lessons and increase your winning ratios!  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

Problem 1:  Can Black play A to connect B with C?
Problem 2:  Assume that Black cannot connect with A, and that escaping into the center is not a good idea.  How can Black’s B group make an eye base on the top left?

This E-Journal lesson shows useful techniques for players from 20 kyu to 4 dan.  The game is between Zhou Ruiyang 9 dan (Black, China) and Park Junghwan 9 dan (Korea) in the 15th Nongshim Cup, played on 2/28/2014.  Kaz choses this game, because White plays many peeps, which is very unusual in pro games … or at least very unusual among Japanese pros.  Kaz adds, “I’m not trying to comment on their moves.  (That would be very insulting to them.)”

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”.