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Go Photo: Terpstra Tykes

Sunday October 28, 2012

Two of the American Go Association’s younger members, Brady (#20162) and Maddie (# 18087) Terpstra battling for ratings. The two are San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra (#754)’s grandchildren.
Photo courtesy Ted Terpstra


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Go Spotting: Go Gangnam Style

Monday October 8, 2012

Go seems to make an appearance in the “Gangnam Style” video, which has racked up over 28 million hits on YouTube since its release last summer, inspiring parody clips from all corners of the globe. At .52 in the video there’s a 2-second glimpse of two game players behind South Korean singer and rapper PSY; several EJ readers have suggested that it’s go but it’s hard to tell for sure, even on close inspection. However, given go’s huge popularity in Korea, and PSY’s (born Park Jae-sang) attendance at  Boston University and Berklee College of Music in Boston – home to a longtime go club – the appearance of the game is probably not that far-fetched.


Go Photo: The Flume Tesuji

Monday October 1, 2012

San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra sent along this photo “found by one our my club’s members, Fredd Broccard
from a theme park north of Boston.” If anyone has more info on the photo, please send it to us at

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Go Spotting: Jorge Luis Borges on “the astrological game of Go”

Monday October 1, 2012

Wayne Nelson has just sent us a translation of Jorge Luis Borges’ wonderful poem about go. We’ve run it before but it’s so lovely that, like all great poetry, it bears repetition. Other than this poem, we don’t know anything about Borges’ connection to go, e.g. where he learned, whether he attended a club, or if he mentions it in other writings; if anyone has information along these lines, please send it to us at

Today, the 9th of September 1978,
I had in the palm of my hand a small disk
of the 361 that are required
for the astrological game of Go,
that other chess of the Orient.
It is more ancient than the most ancient writing
and the board is a map of the universe.
Its black and white variations
exhaust time.
In it men can lose themselves
as in love and in the day.
Today, the 9th of September 1978,
I, who am ignorant of so many things,
know that I am ignorant of one more,
and I thank my Muses for
this revelation of a labyrinth
that never will be mine.
- by Jorge Luis Borges; translated by Wayne Nelson

El Go
Hoy, 9 de septiembre de 1978,
tuve en la palma de la mano un pequeño disco
de los trescientos sesenta y uno que se requieren
para el juego astrológico del go,
ese otro ajedrez del Oriente.
Es más antiguo que la más antigua escritura
y el tablero es un mapa del universo.
Sus variaciones negras y blancas
agotarán el tiempo.
En él pueden perderse los hombres
como en el amor y en el día.
Hoy, 9 de septiembre de 1978,
yo, que soy ignorante de tantas cosas,
sé que ignoro una más,
y agradezco a mis númenes.
esta revelación de un laberinto
que nunca será mío.
- photo by Martin Chrz


Go Spotting: Gosei Sentai Dairanger

Monday September 17, 2012

Gosei Sentai Dairanger which he describes as “Japanese Power Rangers with a much darker look.” In the show, a boy named akomaru is in trouble with a big guy named Gouma. “In the beginning of the scene we see the edge of a wooden floor goban with very dark go bowls. Later in the scene you can see Gouma placing stones on the board.” This is Albert’s second go spotting – his previous one was Bruce Lee and Go  9/25/2011 – if you spot go, be sure to let us know at!


Go Photo: Santa Barbara Go Club Visitors

Tuesday July 17, 2012

“July 11 was Cory Massaro’s last night at the Santa Barbara Go Club,” writes club organizer Ed Lee. “Cory (2nd from left, with sunglasses on his head, in photo at right) has finished his graduate work at UCSB, and will start more graduate school in computer science at Brandeis University, Boston this Fall. Cory discovered the SB Go Club about a year ago, and we’ve been very happy to have him play regularly every Wednesday and sometimes on Saturday. The SB Go Club also said goodbye this week to another visitor, Alexander Taylor (in Durham Go Club t-shirt at left), who hails from Bristol, United Kingdom. Alex (about 2-dan in the U.K.) is a physics graduate student visiting UCSB for only a few weeks, but he also managed to find our little club, and we were very happy to have him.”
photos by Ed Lee

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Go Photo: Go in 1956 Berlin

Saturday July 7, 2012

The Syracuse Go Club’s Anton Ninno sent along this “1956 Press Photo Japanese Game of Go Enjoyed By Berlin Youths” found on eBay on offer by HistoricImages, “one of the largest providers of original photos and negatives on the planet.”

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Go Photo: Top of the World

Friday May 25, 2012

Dr. Frank Krause and Chul Wha Kim, M.D. played go at the North Pole in July 2006. Krause is a 66-year-old 1-dan who lives in Munich, Germany, and Kim is a lawyer in Washington, DC.
- photo courtesy Dr. Krause


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Go Photo: Unwinding at the WAGC

Tuesday May 15, 2012

What do go players do after competing all day at the World Amateur Go Championship? Review their games, of course. Here, U.S. player Yuan Zhou 7d — a longtime go teacher and author — analyzes a game Tuesday night in the Baiyun Hotel’s 30th-floor bar/playing room with Sweden’s Martin Li (center) and Pal Sannes of Norway, while Dragan Paunic of Bosnia-Herzegovina watches.
photo by Chris Garlock


Yang Shuang 2P Visits Princeton Go Club

Saturday May 5, 2012

Yang Shuang 2P from Shenyang, China visited the Princeton Go Club on April 25 where she played simul games against allcomers during the evening. Earlier in the day, Yang Shuang visited her colleague Feng Yun 9P in Bridgewater, New Jersey and discussed her interest in teaching in the United States.
photo: Yang Shuang 2P plays Jim Fredrickson at the simul; photo courtesy Feng Yun

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