News from the American Go Association

March 24, 2006
Volume 7, #25

Washington, DC & Syracuse, NY
GAME COMMENTARY: Sedol-Xihe & More Questions
GO REVIEW: 38 Basic Joseki, Elementary Go Series Vol. 2
ATTACHED FILE(S): 2006.03.24 Luo-Lee, Weiqi World; 2006.03.24 McGuigan Series #12; 2006.03.24 NC Spring Fusek Wu-Feng

CHEN TOPS JUJO YOUTH TOURNEY: Michael Chen 6d topped the March 19 Jujo Jiang Cup Youth Goe Tournament in Sunnyvale, CA. For complete results, see Photos are posted online at

CHANGLONG WU REPEATS AS RALEIGH CHAMP: An undefeated Changlong Wu 6d won the Spring Fuseki Tournament open section title last Sunday, successfully defending his 2005 title. Full report in Monday's EJ.

BIG BLOSSOM IN DC: With 84 already pre-registered, turnout is looking good for tomorrow's NoVa Cherry Blossom Tournament in Washington, DC, reports organizer Allan Abramson. Walk-ins will be accepted depending on available space and will be paired for Round 2. Check-in starts at 8:30A. Participants driving in should be aware that there will be many road closures in DC that morning due to the Cherry Blossom Marathon; details at
(click where is says "Click Here For Road Closure Information" under Resident & Business Notification Guide). For last-minute questions, directions, etc, call Allan at 571-278-2136. More info online at

CHANG HAO KEEPS CHINESE HOPES ALIVE: In the new Kangwon-Land Cup, a six-member team match between China and Korea, Chang Hao 9P came up as the next to the last Chinese player with four players still left on the Korean team. He has managed to eliminate three of them. Details Monday.

CHANG HAO AND WANG XI IN RICOH CUP FINALS: Chang Hao 9P will play Wang Xi 7P in the finals of the 6th RICOH Cup in China. Details Monday.

GET SMART IN 4 LANGUAGES: In addition to English, Japanese and Korean, SmartGo 2 is now available in Russian, reports Anders Kierulf. Download the newest version from and choose Help >Russian. SmartGo 2 provides instant access to more than 36,000 professional games and comes with a free 15-day trial. "Many thanks to Dmitri Ustinov for translating it," says Kierulf.

GOT CD? The American Go Yearbook staff is looking for someone to take over from CD-meister Mike Heinich, who's designed and produced the wonderful Yearbook CD for the last three years. You'll be working closely with editors Chris Garlock and Bill Cobb and making a great contribution to the go community. Candidates do not need to be strong go players but must have some CD design experience. If interested, email

YOUTH GO CAMPS:  Planning is underway for the 2006 AGA Summer Go Camps. Go-playing youngsters will once again have two opportunities to attend Go Camp: the West Coast Camp is at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA from July 15 - 22 and the East Coast Camp details are being finalized now. Visit to see a video about Go Camps.

WEEKEND GO ACTION: Washington, DC & Syracuse, NY
- March 25: Washington, DC
Cherry Blossom 2006
Allan Abramson 703-684-7676
- March 25: Syracuse, NY
2nd Annual Syracuse Spring Go Tournament
Richard Moseson 315-682-7720

GAME COMMENTARY: Sedol-Xihe & More Questions
       Nie Weiping 9P and Ma Xiaochun 9P provide the commentary - sometimes arguing about the moves -- for today's game analysis of the Round 3 Samsung Cup match between Lee Sedol 9P and Luo Xihe 9P last November. Zhang Dayong reported the game in the December 1, 2005 edition of The World of Weiqi, and Dave Wong of the Richmond, VA, Go Club translated it for the EJ.
       Today's bonus file is the twelfth installment of Haruyama Isamu 9P's "Questions from Actual Play," translated by Robert McGuigan.
       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: 38 Basic Joseki, Elementary Go Series Vol. 2
By Kikoshi Kosugi and James Davies,
Published by Kiseido Publishing Company
243 pages, $15
Reviewed by Lawrence Ku, 2d
       This book is one of the Elementary Go series published by Kiseido and covers 38 common corner sequences, or josekis, including the 3-4, 4-4, 3-5, 4-5 and 3-3. For each joseki, only a few basic variations are covered and just like other books in the series, this is a very easy-to-follow book. The part I like most is at the end, where there's a 4-page glossary of technical terms with illustrations. I believe many beginners just like me are confused with the real definitions of many Japanese technical terms and this book covers at least 21 definitions.
       If you're looking for a complete joseki dictionary, this is a wrong book. But if you just want to learn basic josekis with the common variations, it is an excellent reference book. When I was a low kyu player, I found only about one-third of the josekis in this book showed up in my games. As a middle-kyu player, I have seen more josekis but there are still plenty of josekis covered in "38 Basic Joseki" that I've never experienced in my real games.

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