News from the American Go Association

April 22, 2005

In This Issue:
LATEST GO NEWS: Go Camp West Adds Maeda 6P; Free Jie Li In DC Tonight; Cotsen Deadline Looms; Cho U Wins LG Cup; Hane Naoki First Internet World Go Champ; WEEKEND TOURNEY ACTION: Edmonton & Seattle; Yankee Wins Alert Reader
GAME COMMENTARY: 2-Stone Game & More Than One Answer
GO REVIEW: Learning from the Stones
ATTACHED FILES: 2005.04.22 Yang Commentary 1d-4k 2-stone game; 2005.04.22 Kaz Lesson #33


GO CAMP WEST ADDS MAEDA 6P: Japanese professional Maeda Ryoo has been added to the West Coast Youth Go Camp teaching staff headed by Mingjiu Jiang 7P, reports organizer Steve Burrall. "Mr. Maeda will focus on teaching the beginners and weaker kyu players while Mr. Jiang continues working with the strong players," says Burrall. "This will be the first time at Go Camp West that beginners have had full professional attention!" If you haven't signed up your future go champion son or daughter yet, go to the Go Camp link at and register now while there's still space!

FREE JIE LI IN DC TONIGHT: Jie Li 9d will give a lecture at the Greater Washington Go Club tonight, reports Haskell Small. Li, U.S. Open and Ing Cup Champ, has defeated professional players in tournament play and will present his final-round upset against Suzuki Ayumi, 3P in last November's Seimitsu Final. The free lecture begins at 8P in the basement of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, in Bethesda.

COTSEN DEADLINE LOOMS: Players who pre-register for next weekend's Cotsen Open not only save $5 but will have their entire $20 registration fee refunded on Sunday at the end of the tournament! The Cotsen also features free limited AGA memberships, prizes for solving problems and game reviews by Yilun Yang 7P as well as free catered lunches, on-site massages and more. Info/registration:

CHO U WINS LG CUP: With a 2.5 point victory in the fourth game of his match with Yu Bin 9P of China, Cho U 9P of Japan has won his first international title, taking the LG Cup by a score of 3-1. Details on Monday.

HANE NAOKI FIRST INTERNET WORLD GO CHAMP: Hane Naoki 9P of Japan defeated his colleague Kobayashi Koichi 9p by resignation to become the first champion in the Pandanet Internet World Go Championship. Details on Monday.


April 23: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Alberta Open 2005
Chuck Elliott 780-426-5716

April 23: Seattle, WA
Cherry Blossom Festival Tournament
Jon Boley 206-545-1424

YANKEE WINS ALERT READER: Mike Yankee is this week's Alert Reader winner, winning a $10 go vendor gift certificates for spotting our Alert hidden in last week's game commentary. "One of these days I'm gonna win something besides the occasional go game!"Mike says. "Meanwhile, I really enjoy the E-Journal and especially the commented games."Congrats to Mike; winners are drawn at random from those who correctly report the Alerts. Keep a sharp eye out and you could be a winner too!

GAME COMMENTARY: 2-Stone Game & More Than One Answer

In today's game commentary Yilun Yang 7P reviews a two-stone game between a 1 dan and a 4 kyu. And Kaz Furuyama is back in his latest installment of "Important, Fundamental Matters," this time with "Black to (try to) kill" in life and death problems with more than one answer.

To view the attached .sgf file(s), simply save the file(s) to your computer and then open using an .sgf reader such as Many Faces of Go or SmartGo. Readers who need .sgf readers can get them for most platforms at Jan van der Steen's

GO REVIEW: Learning from the Stones
reviewed by Gordon Fraser, 2k
"Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril." This famous quote by Sun Tzu in The Art of War has as much relevance today as it did when it was written many centuries ago. In his thirty-four page monograph, "Learning from the Stones", published by the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S Army War College, David Lai examines Chinese strategy and compares it to the principles laid out by Sun Tzu and to the game of weiqi (go). This fascinating book provides an interesting insight into Chinese military and diplomatic thought by analyzing a professional go game from the perspective of Sun Tzu's principles. It then shows how this has relevance to current issues such as Taiwan and North Korea.
Go players will find the analysis of the game using Sun Tzu's principles well worth reading. You may gain insight into your own game and other ways to think about the game. From a broader perspective, the book takes a more global view of the importance of go for understanding the world and provides a framework for a fresh insight into some of the issues facing the world today. This book will appeal to go players as well as to people interested in history, political thought and current events.
Learning From the Stones is available from the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. A pdf copy of the book can be downloaded from the following link:

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