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Your Move/Readers Write: The Elegant Hedgehog Pops Up Again

Saturday September 1, 2012

“My wife Kathy Kline’s book group recently read The New York Times best-seller The Elegance of the Hedgehog” writes Terry Benson. “Pages 112-114 in Muriel Barbery’s book (translated from the French) have a wonderful go reference.”

“The main character is a precocious 12-year-old girl who comments acerbically about the adults around her and knows more about go than the father of a friend who is making a movie of The Girl Who Played Go. She uses go as a philosophic metaphor, saying that ‘One of the most extraordinary aspects of the game of go is that it has been proven that in order to win, you must live, but you must also allow the other player to live. Players who are too greedy will lose: it is a subtle game of equilibrium, where you have to get ahead without crushing the other player. In the end, life and death are only the consequences of how well or how poorly you have made your construction. This is what one of Taniguchi’s characters says: you live, you die, these are consequences . It’s a proverb for playing go, and for life.’”
(Previously reported in GO SPOTTING: The Elegance of the Hedgehog 5/4/2010 and The Return of the Elegant Hedgehog 10/24/2010. NOTE: The novel was adapted into a film The Hedgehog (Le hérisson) released in the U.S. in 2011, starring Josiane Balasko as Renée Michel, Garance Le Guillermic as Paloma Josse, and Togo Igawa as Kakuro Ozu, with a score by Gabriel Yared. Click here to see a trailer)



Your Move: Readers Write

Thursday July 5, 2012

“All of a sudden, I can’t get Java to work for me with CGoban,” writes Ray. “The message I get is ‘unable to launch application’. Can you help?”
Sounds like there’s a problem with your KGS. We’ve seen this at the U.S. Go Congress when the network drops and we have no connection. Here are the steps we recommend to solve the issue: Uninstall KGS; Update Java to the latest version at; Reinstall KGS from; Try to download and run the SGF file from; If the above steps do not solve the issue then you should download the CGoban 3 without file extension and this will need to open cgoban first then load the sgf file.
“Works like a charm!” Ray reported. “I had removed and reinstalled JAVA to try to fix but totally forgot that KGS was integral too.
I definitely owe you a tall, cool one!”


Your Move: Readers Write: Nakazono Report Sparks Nice Memories

Wednesday May 23, 2012

“The only time I went to Kyushu, I visited Kumamoto,” writes Bob Barber in response to our May 16 report, The Nakazono Fan Club’s Road Trip to Guangzhou. “I played in a tiny club there.  They were pleased to show me a picture of Michael Redmond.  Nice memories.”


Your Move: Go in American Samoa?

Wednesday April 4, 2012

“I will be a volunteer in American Samoa from July 2012 through to June 2013,” says David Stephenson. “I’m wondering do you know of any go activity over there? – I can’t detect any from igolocal or other google searches. It would be good to find some over-the-board players.” Email


Your Move/Readers Write: Cuban Go?

Wednesday February 1, 2012

“Do you have any contact information for Cuban go players?” wonders Phil. “I’ll arrive in Havana on Saturday, Feb. 4. I did play at the Havana club in 2003, but perhaps someone has more up-to-date information.” Email us at with any info/contacts, and muy gracias!
“We have an Go Academy,” reports Rafael Torres Miranda; the address is: Academia Cubana de Go (Cuban Go Academy),Centro Deportivo ( Sport Center) Eduardo Saborti; 5ta Ave y 120. Playa.  email: Contact: Rafael Torres Miranda ( 57 5 2850452 );



Your Move/Readers Write: Adjusting the Frequency

Sunday January 15, 2012

“I suddenly seem to be getting the daily EJ,” writes Roy. “How do I switch to the weekly?”
At the bottom of the EJ, click on ” UPDATE YOUR PROFILE” and then select the desired frequency.




Your Move/Readers Write: Best Go Teachers?

Monday December 19, 2011

“Assuming a player is serious and wants to make significant improvement with a dedicated effort, whom are the best teachers to partner with for serious improvement,” wonders Joy. “And where are the very best schools in California for making significant improvement for go for adults?”

It’s impossible to say who’s “best,” as that depends on so many unique variables.  Start by asking around at your local club (click here for clubs in California) to see who’s working with which teachers and what their experiences have been. Next, try some lessons with different teachers to get a sense of the fit between their strengths and your goals. Check out the list of US pros here.  Also, a lot of go students these days work with teachers online; KGS is a great source of information on such teachers as well as lectures and more. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!


Your Move: Cute Board?

Monday October 31, 2011

“I just saw this 9×9 set shown in SPIEl 2011, Europe’s largest board game conference,” writes Ramon A. Mercado. “I was wondering if someone in the AGA would know where a set like this may be found in the U.S. This set would look great in the living room coffee table, or even in a desk at work. Imagine what a nice conversational item.”
email with suggestions



YOUR MOVE: Congress Ratings?

Tuesday August 23, 2011

“When will the ratings be updated?” wonders Andreas. “Looks like the first two rounds of the main Congress tournament are in there, but nothing after Wednesday, none of the Self-Paired.”
In general, tournaments are rated within a week of our receiving the tournament results report from the tournament director.  From time to time there are delays as we have to clarify some of the results with the tournament directors…its very easy to transpose a number in a players AGA ID, for instance.  Please rest assured that we will rate the tournaments as quickly as possible.
– Jonathan M Bresler, AGA Ratings Coordinator
photo: at the 2011 U.S. Open in Santa Barbara, CA; photo by Chris Garlock


Your Move/Readers Write: Schumer Enjoys U.S. Go Congress in Shanghai

Sunday August 14, 2011

”I’m writing to thank you and the E-Journal gang for your great coverage of the U.S. Go Congress,” writes Vermont go organizer Pete Schumer. “This summer I’m in Shanghai teaching a bunch of math classes at East China Normal University and I really miss the Congress.  But it was fun to check in each day to see what I’m missing.  It makes me long for next year’s Congress already!  In fact, I’ve been so busy I haven’t even had time to check out the local go scene yet. Just for fun, in case you need an extra go picture sometime, I’m enclosing a nice go scene from a Qing Dynasty vase (actually it’s a famille-rose lantern-shaped zun or ceramic wine vessel from the Yangshang period 1723 – 1736) This piece is on display at the I.M. Pei designed Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, China.  By the way, Suzhou is about an hour’s drive from Shanghai and has some of the most beautiful Chinese gardens anywhere in the world.  Thanks again for the great Congress coverage.”