American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Game Between Kyus

Tuesday May 20, 2014


Published in the May 20, 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  Also see Kaz’s updated website at

In this extensive commentary on a game between 3 kyu players, Kaz stresses not only good shapes, but also exceptions to good shapes.  As Kaz repeatedly points out, such basics knowledge is crucial to raising your ranking.

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”.