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NEW IN PRINT 2010 (PART III): Six More Important New Works

Monday September 20, 2010

First off,  Slate and Shell added three more important titles to their catalog this year. Magic On The First Line is a compendium of eponymous oddities that only the great Nakayama could have come up with. In Understanding Dan Level Play, Yuan Zhou 7d continues his popular “Understanding . . . ” series by analyzing his own games as the US representative in the 2009 Korea Prime Minister’s Cup. And with New Moves, Slate and Shell adds an important new author to its roster — Alexander Dinerchtein, a 3P in the Korean system, better known as “breakfast” on KGS. By “new moves”, the author seems to mean trick plays. Dinerchtein charges $3-$5 per trick on his hamete.net site — by that measure, 25 plays for $18 is quite a bargain.

The burgeoning Korean English-language publishing industry has produced a full thirty titles titles in the past few years, all of which are available from Yutopian.  Now comes the first extended attempt to discuss haengma, a Korean construct that is difficult to translate, but has something to do with the natural flow of the game. Janice Kim called it “The Way of The Moving Horse.” This Is Haengma by Sung-rae Kim and Sung Ki-Chang, and Master of Haengma Sung-ho Beck, try to explain this elusive way of understanding the game. And the Korean titles keep on coming.

I’m on Yutopian’s “send-me-everything-as-soon-as-the-ink-dries” list, so a few weeks after the Congress, I got my copy of 21st Century New Openings, Volume 2, also by Sung-rae Kim. It’s so new it’s not even listed on the Yutopian site  yet, but it looks good. Kim continues his discussion of modern changes in opening strategy, with extensive discussion of the mini-Chinese opening and others.  Now that komi is 7.5 points, some pros feel that Black has to play more aggressively, making many of the established openings obsolete. This series is some of the fruit of that thinking. Possibly a must for the serious competitor.  To see a comprehensive annotated list of go books in English click here.
- Roy Laird

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Monday September 20, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Pro-Pro Game

Monday September 20, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 5 Games: (1, commented by Jennie Shen 2P) Curtis Tang 7d – Dae Hyuk Ko 7d; (2) Matthew Burrall 7d – Juyong Koh 7d; (3): Seung Hyun Hong 7d – Deuk Je Chang 7d (4): Jong In Jeong – Guthrie Price

Monday September 20, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 4 Games: (1) Dae Hyuk Ko 7d – Juyong Ko 7d; (2) Curtis Tang 7d – Seung Hyun Hong 7d; (3) Rui Wang 7d – Matthew Burrall 7d

Monday September 20, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 3 Games: (1) Juyong Koh 7d – Seung Hyun Hong 7d; (2) Dae Huk Ko 7d – Deuk Je Chang 7d; (3) Curtis Tang 7d – Calvin Sun 7d; (4) Soo Ihl Ha 7d – Rui Wang 7d

Sunday September 19, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN Photo Album: Sunday Morning, September 19

Sunday September 19, 2010

Clockwise from top right: kids work on solving Yang’s life and death problems; Juyong Koh 7d (l) and Seung Hyun Hong 7d review their Round 3 game; group effort on solving the life and death problems; Yilun Yang 7P plays Yigang Hua 8P from China live online; Congress Directors Lisa Scott & Andrew Jackson discuss the 2011 U.S. Go Congress with local players; young players review their game. Photos by Chris Garlock

2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 2, Board 1: W: Juyong Koh 7d – B: Calvin Sun 7d

Sunday September 19, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 2, Board 2: W: Dae Hyuk Ko 7d – B: Soo Ihl Ha 7d

Sunday September 19, 2010

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2010 COTSEN OPEN: Round 2, Board 3 (the dame dispute game): W: Deuk Je Chang 7d – B: Curtis Tang 7d

Sunday September 19, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: The result of this exciting game was the subject of dispute, due to White’s failure to play a dame at the end which

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would cost him 2 points — and the game –under Ing rules. See the note at the end of the game for details.