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Pre-annoucement for applications: The 13th World Students GO OZA Championship 2015 (23rd-27th Febr)

There are many reasons to love GO. One is to see many young activists behind the Goban… its joyful to feel the lively spirit and brain work in a dojo and tournament… as SanRenSei player I am curious about what the upcoming generation is playing, e.g. as we have seen with the [25th Intern. Amateur Pair GO Championship][1] (25th/26th Oct), first time organized the [1st World Student Pair Go Championship][2] as side event. Here another interesting event organized in Japan… the deadline for application will close on 16th November 2014.

The 13th World Students GO OZA Championship (2015)


Organizer: The All-Japan Students GO Association / NIHON KEIZAI SHIMBUN INC. / PANDANET INC.
Cooperation: The Nihon Ki-in / The International Go Federation

Date: 23 February – 27 February 2015
(23 February: Reception / 24 February: Rounds 1 & 2 / 25 February: Rounds 3 & 4 / 26 February: Tokyo sightseeing / 27 February: End of official schedule)

Venue: Ginza Internet Forum (Tokyo, Japan)

Championship format: Face-to-face games, Swiss system.
Number of games: 4
Number of players: 16
(Japan 2, China 2, Taiwan 2, Korea 2, other Asian countries 2, Europe 3, North, Central & South America 2, Oceania & Africa 1)

The World Students GO OZA Championship is a championship in which 16 students chosen from various countries around the world, including from Asia, compete. It was founded in 2003, and the 13th championship will be held in February 2015. Not only the players but also the organizers are students: it’s an international championship run by students for students.

This championship is held not only to decide the world’s number one student player but also to promote exchange among Go-playing students around the world. Besides the Go competition, sightseeing events are also organized for the participants.

Until the 7th championship, the players were chosen by recommendation by their national Go associations, but as of the 8th championship, preliminary championships are being held on the Internet with the cooperation of Pandanet Inc. Changing the selection method in this way means that more students can participate, so in 2013 we can expect a high-level championship with many strong players from around the world competing.

(Source: Masato Imai, Representative Manager, The All-Japan Students GO Association)


championship rules: Both Preliminary and the main championship are to use Japanese rules. The time allowance is 60 minutes, followed by 30-second byo-yomi. All games are to be played on even. In the Preliminary, the colours will be chosen by computer and by nigiri in the main championship.

Preliminary round (tournament)
Games are held in a designated game room of Pandanet on determined time and date. Qualifiers in Preliminary round can participate in main championship.

Applications : 17 September – 16 November 2014
Preliminary round : 7 December – 8 December 2014
Main championship : 23 February – 27 February 2015 ( Japan Time(GMT+9) )

Qualifications for participants
– Being an amateur player
– Being a university / college student under the age of 30. (Graduate students cannnot participate.)
– Being able to use Pandanet to participate in the preliminary round
– Being able to communicate in English by E-mail
– Being able to come to Japan to participate in the main championship

Points to note and manners
The registration is done based on the country where the player’s university exists. You are required to show your student identification when you become the representative. (Ex. If you go to a university in Japan, you will be the Japanese representative even if you have Korean nationality.)

Games to be played in the established game room of Pandanet.
Games must all be played by the player concerned in person, and no advice concerning the game should be given. If a breach of the rules is later discovered, such as a different player playing or advice being given, the game may be confiscated and, in the worst case, the player concerned may be stripped of the right to play in the championship.

In principle, games are to be played at home. The championship office at The All-Japan Students GO Association will carry out a survey of access, so please inform us if you will be playing at a go club or surrounded by a group of people.

Proper greetings should be made at the beginning and end of games. Also, slandering the opponent is expressly forbidden. If something happens, please inform the championship office.

If a bad breach of manners or a violation has been detected, disqualification is possible even after the result of the game has been confirmed.

If an objection is lodged, it will be adjudicated at a conference at the championship office in The All-Japan Students GO Association.


If you have any questions, please e-mail to the following email addresses:

– igoworldasia@gmail.com ( Asia )
– igoworldeu@gmail.com ( Europe )
– igoworldusa@gmail.com ( North, Central & South America )
– igoworldau@gmail.com ( Oceania & Africa )

(Source: 10/2014 – [Nikkei GO Net][5])

[1]: https://mysanrensei.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/japan-25th-intern-amateur-pair-go-championship-starts-on-25th-oct/
[2]: https://mysanrensei.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/korea-wins-1st-world-students-pair-go-championship-2014-26th-oct/
[3]: http://igooza.nikkei.co.jp/students/13th/index-we.htm
[4]: https://sec.pandanet.co.jp/event/igooza_nikkei/13th_student_ws/form.htm
[5]: http://igooza.nikkei.co.jp/students/13th/index-we.htm


Exchange Match Japan vs. Europe: Pavol Lisy + Ali Jabarin, the first two European GO Pros in Japan (23rd/27th Oct 2014)

tks to sandmann for this historical docu (via EuroGoTV (1) 20:38 Thu 23 October 2014 / (2) 17:10 Mon 27 October 2014)


(1) Exchange Match Japan vs. Europe

Major newspapers are covering the exchange match between [Pavol Lisy][2] and [Ali Jabarin][3] (the first two members and 1PDans of the [new European Go Pro League][4] who qualified in 2014) and young Japanese professionals from [Kansai Ki-in][5]. Many questions were asked and the press conference exhausted everyone involved. (*Rec.:* You find 4 top games of the 1st qualification round of European Go Pro League being played on 23rd May 2014 [here on OGS][6].)

Pavol secured a lead early in the game, but it was an unreliably small lead that could be turned around easily. He succeeded, however, in cornering his opponent, Hashimoto, into the last byo-yomi period early on, but then he left ajar a fatal loophole that enabled Hashimoto to kill him. All the spectators and commentators believed the game to be over for Pavol and turned to Ali’s game.

Ali performed sub-par in fuseki, but caught up gradually in middle-game. The game became close and promising for Ali, but his opponent, Takashima, got the upper hand in endgame and Ali’s defeat was a matter of time.

Suddenly everyone noticed that Hashimoto did not kill Pavol when he had the chance. This led to a close game, but Pavol’s lead could not be overturned anymore and Hashimoto promptly resigned.

In the end the Japan-Europe exchange match resulted in a draw. Both the Japanese media and the Kansai Ki-in professionals were curious about European Go and watched the game closely.
Even Yuki Satoshi 9p attended the games to spy on his opponent in the upcoming 11th Sankei tournament (see following (2)). In this tournament, 8 pros and 8 amateurs will qualify independently to the final rounds. In the pro preliminaries, Pavol was paired by lottery against Yuki Satoshi 9p, and Ali will face Saito Tadashi 8p.

Pavol Lisy 1p (W) vs. Hashimoto Kan 1p (B)… result: W+Res

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Ali Jabarin 1p (W) vs. Takashima Yugo 1p (B)… result: B+5.5

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Some pics….


(2) 11th Sankei tournament… (Mon 27 Oct 10:00 am in Japan (2:00 am CET/GMT+1)

In this tournament, 8 pros and 8 amateurs will qualify independently to the final rounds. In the pro preliminaries, Pavol was paired by lottery against Yuki Satoshi 9p, and Ali will face Saito Tadashi 8p.

Pavol and Ali have both been eliminated from the Sankei tournament and they will go back to Beijing tomorrow. Their performance exceeded everyone’s expectations, possibly even their own, and their Go has been acknowledged by the Japanese pros.

Pavol, besides defeating Hashimoto in the friendship match, has won several games in study groups with young local professionals. According to their judgement, Pavol would have no problems (of age and of playing strength) starting a pro career at Kansai Ki-in. In the tournament, however, he faced one of the strongest pros of Japan, who is also currently a title-holder.

Yuki Satoshi 9p defeated Pavol, albeit not without getting in trouble. After the game he admitted that Pavol was stronger than him at certain points in reading, but sometimes Pavol’s direction is completely off. Yuki took the lead early on in the game, but to his surprise, Pavol fought back step by step. Eventually Pavol caught him off-guard and punished an overplay by killing a corner. Later, at the crucial moment, Pavol couldn’t bring himself to make the game chaotic, much to Yuki’s relief, and couldn’t win the game anymore.

Ali has not won any games yet in Japan and was generally considered not as strong as Pavol. For this tournament, however, he accumulated all his strength and achieved a complete victory against Saito Tadashi 8p. Perhaps Saito was nervous and concentrated excessively on the 3rd line throughout the game. Ali simply let him and took the centre, which was more than enough to win. In an interview, Ali admitted that he usually neglects the centre, but his opponent forced him to take it.

And thus Ali advanced to the second round, where he faced Nakano Yasuhiro 9p, a player dreaded by many and strong enough to beat Yuki in 1 out of 3-4 games. Nakano exhibited his strength and got an early lead. However, in a Pavolesque fashion, Ali caught up and reclaimed the lead, maintaining it for a long time. The pros in the reviewing room started discussing the formalities if Ali qualified to the main rounds, as nobody was prepared for this. This possibility crumbled away step by step in endgame, when Ali started losing points here and there.

At that time, Pavol, who was watching pros analyising the endgame in Ali’s game, came to the realisation that **European Go, although good at comebacks after a disadvantageous fuseki, lacks an enormous part in endgame skills**. He learned many many new endgames he had never seen before, and was particularly moved when Yuki asked him to review his 2nd round game with him.

Overall, Pavol and Ali enjoyed their trip to Japan a lot, as everyone treated them genuinely nicely. They left Japan very pleased, and sure to have left a long-lasting impression of European Go; they will focus more on endgame in their training in Beijing.

[Article on the Sankei tournament in Japanese]

Pro preliminaries 1st round:

Pavol Lisy 1p (B) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (W)… result: W+8.5

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Ali Jabarin 1p (B) vs. Saito Tadashi 8p (W)… result: B+8.5

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

2nd round:

Ali Jabarin 1p (B) vs. Nakano Yasuhiro 9p (W)… result: W+3.5

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Some pics…

[2]: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Player_Card.php?key=12686597
[3]: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Player_Card.php?key=14637810
[4]: http://www.eurogofed.org/cego/
[5]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kansai_Ki-in
[6]: https://mysanrensei.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/4-top-games-1st-qualification-round-23rd-may-2014-of-new-european-pro-league/

Korea wins 1st World Students Pair GO Championship 2014 (26th Oct)

Finally on this Pair GO intensive weekend the results of the 1st World Students Pair Go Championship which took place on 26th Oct during the 25th Intern. Pair Go Championship 2014 (Japan)…


Congrats to Korea as winner over all with Kim Hyun-Ah & Park Moon-Kyo.


2nd to 4th place took Japan, Chinese Taipei and China. (No single game was broadcasted by JPGA; maybe in 2015 then.)


No single game was broadcasted live by JPGA; maybe in 2015 then. Here the records of the games on 26th October 2014 for individual reviews [Rec.: No single game was broadcasted live by JPGA; maybe in 2015 🙂 ]:

For your individual review / Go training pick up the SGF on Eidogo or OGS…

  • 1st round (Oct 26th, 9:30 am JST): C.Taipei… W+ResignEidogo | OGS
  • 2nd round (Oct 26th, 11:10 am JST): Japan… W+Time outEidogo | OGS
  • 3rd round (Oct 26th, 13:30 am JST): Korea… B+ResignEidogo | OGS

Tks to JPGA and its parters making the world premiere possible of this uniquely Rengo Event ! – Hope we can see the 2nd edition in coming year.

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all 20 games (round 1-5) of the 25th Intern. Pair GO Championship 2014

Here the summary of all 20 games (round 1-5) of 25th Intern. Pair GO Championship  (Japan) which had been played by 39 pairs on 25th and 26th Oct 2014

The 1st round – Oct 25th (started at 1030pm JST): games 1-4 (revisions)

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF from Eidogo or OGS:

– game 1… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#3xnZGZ41C | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020641
– game 2… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#ybJQWN3C | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020643
– game 3… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#4dE9HY8N | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020644
– game 4… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#4q1s2FVtW | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020645

The 2nd round – Oct 26th (started at 1030am JST): games 1-4 (revisions)

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF from Eidogo or OGS:

– game 1… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#DmtWMyhg | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020660
– game 2… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#2Wxbhbztg | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020661
– game 3… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#5jMw9v2m | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020663
– game 4… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#zJOuO9K5 | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020664

The 3rd round – Oct 26th (started at 1110am JST): games 1-4 (revisions)

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF from Eidogo or OGS:

– game 1… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#EhYWFptX | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020682
– game 2… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#48J7vVuUF | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020684
– game 3… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#I64Z56i7 | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020685
– game 4… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#2sIZodSei | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020686

The 4th round – Oct 26th (started at 1330pm JST): games 1-4 (revisions)

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF from Eidogo or OGS:

– game 1… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#2TVIaVuc | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020716
– game 2… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#CyFBYQOL | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020717
– game 3… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#26N0isDMR | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020718
– game 4… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#x0oXnVJJ | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020719

The 5th (and last ) round – Oct 26th (started at 1530pm JST): games 1-4 (revisions)

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF from Eidogo or OGS:

– game 1… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#4kHmZPJSX | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020778
– game 2… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#vkulDJOc | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020779
– game 3… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#3OeVzks2l | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020780
– game 4… EIDOGO – http://eidogo.com/#9VTR5YNG | OGS – http://online-go.com/game/1020782

Tks to JPGA, Pandanet-IGS and its parters making this uniquely Rengo Event available !

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Korea wins the 25th Intern. Amateur Pair GO (Rengo) Championship 2014

The winner takes it all !Congrats to Korea (Kom Sooyoung + Jeon Junhak) winning against C. Taipei (Lin Hsioao-Tung + Lai Yu-Cheng).

With move 186 white leads 14.5 with 84 Territory, 8 captured stones and 6.5 komi – black has 76 Territory and 8 captures stones…. black resigns.


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For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Tks to JPGA, Pandanet-IGS and its parters making this uniquely Rengo Event available !

pairgo-1  pandanet-igs

live stream now: Final game – 25th Intern. Amateur Pair Go Championship 2014

Final game (live stream) starts on 26th Oct at 04:00 pm Japan time (07:00 am UTC/GMT and 09:00 am CET) of 25th Intern. Amateur Pair Go Championship 2014 (Japan)

schedule of 26th Oct 2014 (2nd day)

schedule of 26th Oct 2014 (2nd day)


Korea (Kom Sooyoung + Jeon Junhak)
vs. C. Taipei (Lin Hsioao-Tung + Lai Yu-Cheng)


On OGS the game will be re-streamed.

Tks to JPGA, Pandanet-IGS and its parters making this uniquely Rengo Event available !

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results of Professional Pair Go Special Commemorative Games (25th Oct 2014)

Today on 25th Oct, as 1st day of the Amateur Pair GO Championship 2014 in Japan was placed a side tournament with eight Go Pros. Here the results of the games, both black won by resigning.

Professional Pair Go Special Commemorative Games (China – Korea – Japan)


This special match between professional players representing Japan,China and Korea was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pair Go to show all Go fans magnificant Pair Go games and to contribute to friendship and goodwill with games among Japan,China,and Korea.

As the game files are rare UGI format I have reformatted them as SGF. You can take an individual review on Eidogo or OGS (Online Go Server), see following links.

black/China: Zhang Xyuan (1st) + Chang Hao (3rd)
vs. white/JapanIzumi Kobayashi (2nd) + Chang Hsu (4th) … b+res

For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

black/Japan: Hsieh Yi Min (1st) + Yuta Iyama (3rd)
vs. white/Korea: Lee Hajin (2nd) + Cho Hoon-Hyun (4th) … b+res


For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Tks to JPGA, Pandanet-IGS and its parters making this uniquely Rengo Event available !

pairgo-1  pandanet-igs

Japan: 25th Intern. Amateur Pair Go Championship starts on 25th Oct.

… as pre-announced the 25th Intern. Amateur Pair Go Championship starts tomorrow in Japan.


The 25th International Amateur Pair Go Championship

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Explanation of Championship

Five-rounds of tournament style games will be played by 32 representative pairs from 21 overseas countries and territories, and 11 pairs selected from 8 domestic regions.
The International Championship and Japan Championship are combined as the International Amateur Pair Go Championship, and the highest ranked Japanese pair will be crowned the Japan Amateur Pair Go Champion.


First Place : IAPG CUP, Certificate, Medal, Prize
Second Place : Certificate, Medal, Prize
Third Place : Certificate, Medal, Prize
4th to 8th Place : Certificate, Prize
Best Japanese Pair : JAPG CUP, Medal, Prize

The final game will be broadcasted on Sunday, 26th Oct 2014 at 04:00 pm Japan time / 07:00 am UTC/GMT (see TIme converter for your local time)

(Source: 10/2014 – Pandanet-IGS)

free eBook: “Shape up! for a Stylish Baduk” (152 pages)


An interesting tutorial for shapes and more (e.g. Joseki and tesjui related to shape) is available on BadukWorld. It was written by Charles Mattthews (3Dan/BGA, UK) and has the title:

“Shape up! for a Stylish Baduk”

The book has five main parts, each starting on a fresh area, within which the chapters generally increase in difficulty. The parts become harder as the book progresses. Each chapter is broken down into short sections dealing with a specific topic. There are also three problem sets, the third being much harder than the others.

The sections can be grouped into three parts:

  • First reading… 10 kyu course with parts of problem set 1 and 2
  • Second reading… 5 kyu course with parts of problem set 1 and 2
  • Third Reading with problem set 3

Table of Contents (152 pages)

Introduction: The scope of shape
Chapter 1. Table shapes
Chapter 2. Shape basics
Chapter 3. Close range play 1
Chapter 4. Starting from hane
Chapter 5. Close range play 2
Chapter 6. Blocking Off
Chapter 7. Eight faces of cutting
Chapter 8. Attach-extend mysteries
Chapter 9. Escapology
Problem Set 2: Cutting points
Chapter 10. Extensions and invasion points
Chapter 11. Cramp
Chapter 12. Outnumbered

The book is available as 13 x PDFs you can download cost free from here.

[P.S.: The author Charles Matthews same has written “Teach Yourself GO” (1999/2004).]

two books about Positional Judgement…

I remember well, as it was shortly having 15kyu grade on my own, that I was confrontated (positivly) with the term “Positional Judgment“… its that what probably we might call the skills of a “complete player“.

Naturally we beginners, double digit kyus (DDK) and single digit kyus (SDK) are not real masters of positional judgment. I think if we Go players take this “topic” into account of our own Go path and process of Go studies, we might keep straight on track not to loose too much time with “just playing around” and a disapointing and frustrating high loss quote.

PJ can give you a clear orientation about the tools which are needed to win our games.

Here you find some more details about positional judgment… http://senseis.xmp.net/?PositionalJudgment

… counting territory is part of PJ… http://senseis.xmp.net/?Counting

I have two books about PJ, one can get at very low prices as used books in paperback form:

1.) Positional Judgment: High-Speed Game Analysis, written by living Go legend Cho Chikun

More infos about the content here: http://senseis.xmp.net/?PositionalJudgmentHighSpeedGameAnalysis

You still can buy the Edition 1990... for round about 8 US dollars

and the Edition 1999

2.) Nie Weiping on GO – The Art of Positoinal Judgment (with first printing in 1995 by Chinese 9PDan Nie Weiping)

Some infos in SL about the content: http://senseis.xmp.net/?NieWeipingOnGo

The edition 2000 is little bit more expensive than the first as used one, round about 12 US dollars, e.g. from here:

First 3 lectures of Nick Sibicky’s new DDK course…

1.) 10/5/2014: Nick Sibicky Go Lecture #80 – Sasaki Tadashi RIP

Sasaki Tadashi (11/07/2010 - USGO.org)

Sasaki Tadashi (11/07/2010 – USGO.org)

Sasaki Tadashi (佐々木正, 28 May 1963 – 20 July 2014) was a Nihon Ki-in 8-dan professional Go player of the Nihon Ki-in passed away on July 20 at just 51. Sasaski, who visited the United States many times doing teaching games and workshops, had attended most of the U.S. Go Congresses over the last few years and had planned to attend this year’s in New York City.  His death was a shock his many American friends and fans. “It’s terrible news,” said AGA President Andy Okun.  “His teaching was always sharp, but full of humor as well, and his company warm and enjoyable.” “Mr. Sasaki was a big supporter of the Seattle Go Center and an enthusiastic hiker,” added Brian Allen of the Seattle Go Center. “We always enjoyed his visits to the Northwest.” Plans for a memorial ceremony at the Congress will be announced soon. – photo of Sasaki playing Andrew Jackson at the  2011 US Go Congress, posted on Sasaki’s Facebook page. (Source: Monday July 28, 2014 / USGo.org)

2.) 10/16/2014: Nick Sibicky Go Lecture #81 – Sandbagger Series 4 (Tygem)

3.) 10/22/2014: Nick Sibicky Go Lecture #82 – THE REMATCH

Some statistics…

Tks to all the visitors of my OGS threads and postings… on 22nd Oct 2014 the core number overstepped 7,000 visits (in 24 threads with 278 postings). Totally it have been even 9,200 visits related to 346 postings.

If you cannot view the PDF because of some troubles with Adobe Flash, pls click the direct link on ISSUU here:http://goo.gl/6tRT4o

Double SanRenSei game (14th-21st Oct 2014) … w+19.5

Here a “double SanRenSei” match which had been played as correspondence game over seven (7) days (from 14th till 21st Oct) with the result w+19.5

Tks to wow (12k) for challenging me on 10th Oct. It was an interesting game as we both are SanRenSei / Cosmic style players (or less, try to become one in farer future). From beginning it was clear, that we both will open with classical SanRenSei star point fuseki.

Rec.: In tendency it is said, that playing SanRenSei as white against black as SRS then white can’t win the game as black can position first the “centrer stone” (mostly asymetric one coordinate beside K10/Tengen), same as it happened in the game black claimed its big moyo playing first on L10.

With the analysis of a bigger game database, e.g. Fuseki.info (Total number of games in database where both players are professionals: 78,476 / status: 21st Oct 2014)… during first ten (10) moves the statistics for white to win the game decrease to 40%.


Here the game: Black’s attack onto left side was tough as it pushed up white with a wall on G8-G10. Luckily white got the chance to block and to sneak in via G11 as black decided for a “large knight move” up to J13 instead H12.

In the endgame black missed to cut white playing simply P8 instead of M18, which gave white the chance to break through to right side. It was costly for black and gave white 10 points.


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For your individual Go training pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS 

wow and me we will have next days a detailled review by a high Dan to understand more clearly how and what we played and where to optimize to some better moves and combinations.

screencast of Daun’s Shape lecture (18th Oct 2014)

… as announced in September the legendary “shape lecture” of Dsaun (1kyu-1Dan on KGS) took place on 18th October 2014 on KGS. – Dsaun himself gave permission for publishing a fully webcast by “hamete” on YT. – Tks to both.

Here the 3 hours lecture…



Two Korean books (2009) about Haengma…

Not all like to study Haengma on the screen, reading eBooks or using interactive websites, instead prefer “old fashion” the paper version of a book. Here are two about Haengma:

1.) The Master of Haengma


*Translator:* [Diana Koszegi][1] (GO Pro)
*Re-Publisher:* Oromedia, November 2009
*ISBN:* 8990079934, 9788990079930
*price:* [29 US Dollars][2] / [21 Euros][3] (plus fees/shipping costs)

Original publishing:

*Author:* [Baek Seong-ho][6] (9PDan, born 1956)
Publisher: Hankuk Kiwon
*Edition:* 2000
*Language:* Korean
*Contents:* haengma
*ISBN:* 89-7990-014-7
288 pages

Table of Contents

– Chapter 1 Patterns of haengma
– Chapter 2 Practicing Haengma
– Chapter 3 Amateur Haengma
– Chapter 4 Professional Haengma
– Chapter 5 Comparing Haengma Techniques

Read the [PDF sample here][4].

In Korean, the term haengma refers to the development of stones, specifically the choices to be made for continuation from any given stone. The choice of a one-space jump, a knight’s move, etc. is dependent on the overall situation. This book is an excellent, thorough treatment of this important topic. It begins with a discussion of the situations in which particular haengma are appropriate, followed by a series of tests, each exploring good and bad continuations. Next are examples from amateur and pro games, examining correct and incorrect choices. The book concludes with a comparison of different haengma in particular situations, again discussing good and bad choices. The Master of Haengma is superbly designed for effective study. (Source: [Slate and Shell][5])

The book discusses the haengma of the urgent places in (problem) positions by providing ca. half a dozen to a dozen analysis diagrams each. Usually but not always their selection is convincing. The book starts with easy problems (simple extensions) and ends with rather difficult problems (interaction of ca. two subpositions’ haengma).

All analysis concentrates on haengma. Thereby the reader learns this concept firmly and this makes the book very useful. In view of the total haengma gap in English literature everybody should read the Korean haengma books. The other haengma book, Haengma Cyclopedia, covers (maybe accidentally) also a lot of strategic concepts while the reader might lose track of the central topic more easily. Therefore both books should be read. The topic is too fundamental to be missed any longer. (Source: 2001-07-05 – [Robert Jasiek][7] [@ GoBook.info][8])

2.) This is Haengma


*author:* [Kim Sung-Rae][9] (born 1963, 8PDan)
*Publisher:* Yutopian
*Edition* (1st publishing)*:* Dec. 2009
*Language:* ENG
*ISBN13* 978-89-959329-4-0
247 pages
*price:* [23 US Dollars][10] / [18 Euros][11] (plus fees/shipping costs)

“Haengma” a korean Go-term, that is hard to translate. The meaning lies somewhere between Tesuji, good shape und Sabaki. The professional go player Janice Kim has translated “Haengma” as “The way of the moving horse”.

Kim Sung Rae, the author of successful title as After Joseki and 21st Century New Openings, now embraces the theme Haengma. In contrast to other books about this theme, so the author claims, it is not his purpose to introduce this theme to its full extension, but only to work out the theme in a clear and simple way, so the reader gets a clear idea of the concept of Haengma and with this can apply it in practice in his own games. (Source: [Go Publisher Hebsacker Verlag][12])


This book covers the theory of Haengma; in 2nd part this book covers actual game analysis of amateur Haengma, following the professionals. (Source: [Yutopian][13])

Table of Contents

– Preface
– Part 1: Theory
– Chapter 1: What is Haengma?
– Chapter 2: Haengma Terms
– Chapter 3: The Vital Point of Haengma
– Chapter 4: Cutting the Haengma
– Chapter 5: The Basic Points of Haengma
– Chapter 6: Strategy of Haengma
– Part 2: Actual Game
– Chapter 1: Analysis of Amateur Haengma
– Chapter 2: Following the Professionals’ Haengma

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di%C3%A1na_K%C5%91szegi
[2]: http://www.slateandshell.com/SSSH003.html
[3]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/the-master-of-haengma-p-3530.html?language=en
[4]: http://www.slateandshell.com/pdf/Master%20of%20Haengma.pdf
[5]: http://www.slateandshell.com/SSSH003.html
[6]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?PaekSeongHo
[7]: http://mailto:jasiek@snafu.de
[8]: http://www.gobooks.info/jasiek/master-of-haengma.html
[9]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?KimSungRae
[10]: https://www.yutopian.com/yutop/cat?product=PKB49&category=PAK
[11]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/this-is-haengma-p-3585.html?language=en
[12]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/this-is-haengma-p-3585.html?language=en
[13]: https://www.yutopian.com/yutop/cat?product=PKB49&category=PAK

SanRenSei game (3rd round… CODECENTRIC Go Challenge 2014): Go bot CrazyStone (5-6D) vs. Franz-Josef Dickhut (6D)

codecentric go challenge 2014 (with total score of best-of-five competition)

Today we have seen an impressive, 3rd game with a very classical SanRenSei opening between 11 times National GO Champion Franz-Josef Dickhut (6Dan EGF) from Germany as white and the Go bot CrazyStone (5-6D) as black. This bot runs on a server with low capacity Dual Core 900 mhz processor.

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How did it make Franz-Josef to survive after his centre attack ? – With move 70 white still missed a 2nd eye to survive there.

Today this game has been re-streamed on OGS live from KGS. – Tks to the KGS team and tks to Remi Coloum for programming CrazyStone which is available for Windows PCs (buy it here). – And congrats to Franz-Josef for his fantastic game (and win) we have seen today taking all four courners and an exiting Ko fight which might have isolated white’s centre group.

status quo on 18th Oct 2014: Crazy Stone – Franz-Josef Dickhut: 1-2

– 10/04/2014: Crazy Stone wins by 1,5 points
– 10/11/2014: Franz-Josef Dickhut wins by resignation
– 10/18/2014: Franz-Josef Dickhut wins by resignation


Go is Asia’s most popular board game with many professional players in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. From the programmer’s perspective, go is also one of the most complex games. In chess, the program “Deep Blue” beat then human world champion Garry Kasparov as early as 1997. However, even the best go programs of today are still significantly weaker than professional go players.

But the gap is closing. In the last couple of years, the playing strength of go programs has leaped to a new level. This was due mainly to the incorporation of Monte Carlo methods into the traditional game tree search approach. Yet up to now, no professional or top amateur has played against a go program in an even contest, i.e. without a handicap of several stones in favor of the program.

For more information, visit the official blog post codecentric go challenge 2014.

The rules of the challenge (with no handicap)

Starting date: Saturday, October 4th 2014, 4 pm CEST
Schedule: First three games: one game per week, every Saturday at 4 pm CEST
Venue: Online, KGS Go-Server, “Computer Room”: http://www.gokgs.com
Handicap: Even game, Komi: 6.5
Thinking Time: 1 hour + 5 times 40 sec Byoyomi per player
Rules: Japanese
Winning condition: First party to win three games

All infos on the official web site inclusive all games in the archive.


CrazyStone-6D-Franz-Josef-Dickhut-7D-18102014-1.sgf (24.5 KB)

For your individual review / Go training pick up the SGF of the SanRenSei game here:  Eidogo | OGS

Book mark next game: October 25th, 2 pm UTC (4pm CEST)

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz-Josef_Dickhut
[2]: http://www.europeangodatabase.eu/EGD/Player_Card.php?key=10501403
[3]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?CrazyStone
[4]: http://remi.coulom.free.fr/
[5]: http://www.unbalance.co.jp/igo/eng/
[6]: https://blog.codecentric.de/en/2014/09/codecentric-challenge-2014-2/
[7]: https://go.codecentric.de/#homepage

Takemiya Masaki (9P) and his early Go carreer in the 70th… 12 games (1969-1981)

To get a better understanding about San-RenSei and Cosmic Style lets have a more detailled look at Takemiya Masaki and his early Go carreer in the 70th.

This is Go the Natural Way

I’d like to reference to This is Go the Natural Way, an interesting recompilation of articles (commented games) which had been published originally in the Kido Magazine. (Rec.: Kido was for many years since Oct. 1924 the dan-level go magazine of Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Institute). The publishing was released in 1999/2000.).

Further This is Go the Natural Way contains an appreciation of Takemiya’s style by Ishida Yoshio who was his opponent different times with drawing on a different sample of games, records of which are included in a supplement, and some minor extras.


author: Takemiya Masaki
publisher: Hinoki Press
1st print: 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0-9788874-9-0
176 pp.

[Rec.: Available in different online shops within a prize range from 20-53 US dollars / 23-54 Euros (plus fees (shipping costs, vat…)), e.g. on Amazon, Alibris, Abebooks.]

Twelve games in total are coveringe the time period from 1969 to 1981. Following list gives the white player first (source: [Sensei’s Library][5]):

1. Takemiya Masaki – Hashimoto Utaro, 1972-08-08, All Japan No. 1
2. Tournament Kato Masao – Takemiya Masaki, 1974-05-18/19, Honinbo
3. League Takemiya Masaki – Rin Kaiho, 1974-03-28, Pro Best Ten Final
4. Takemiya Masaki – Abe Yoshiteru, 1977-10-06, Oteai
5. Ishida Yoshio – Takemiya Masaki, 1970-12-20/21, Nihon Ki-in Championship
6. Hashimoto Shoji – Takemiya Masaki, 1969-05-22, Pro Best Ten
7. Ishida Yoshio – Takemiya Masaki, 1974-03-03, Nihon Ki-in Championship
8. Yamabe Toshiro – Takemiya Masaki, 1970-06-04, Nihon Ki-in Championship
9. Ishida Yoshio – Takemiya Masaki, 1974-03-30/31, Honinbo Title Match, Game Two
10. Takemiya Masaki – Rin Kaiho, 1974-01-23/24, Honinbo
11. Takemiya Masaki – Honda Kunahisa, 1974-01-14, Meijin League
12. Takemiya Masaki – Cho Chikun, 1981-05-26, Honinbo Title Match, Game 1

To give you a first idea you can go through three of these twelve games against some legendary Go players Takemiya Masaki had played in 1970, 1974 and 1981. All games he won as white and black are available for your individual review on OGS, too (see links under the SGF Screenshot/viewer).

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[f.l.t.r.: Yamabe Toshiro (1926-2000) / Cho Chikun (born 1956) / Rin Kaiho (born 1942) Takemiya Masaki (born 1951)]

(A) Nihon Ki-in Championship (1970-06-04): Yamabe Toshiro [6] (white) – Takemiya Masaki (black)

With this game we can see that the 20 year young Takemiya M. (born 01/01/1951) who became a 1 Dan Professional in 1965 already played the classical San-RenSei opening with 3 star points.
1970-06-04-eidogo.sgf (1.4 KB)

For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

(B) Honinbo (1974-01-23/24): Takemiya Masaki (white) – Rin Kaiho [7] (black)

In this game Takemiya played from left side first with two 4-4 corner stones and then attacking black’s bottom right corner. Lately with move 28 he settled a stronger basis on left side to expand a first wing on bottom inside for a bigger moyo.
1974-01-23-eidogo.sgf (1.4 KB)

For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

(C) Honinbo Title Match (game 1 / 1981-05-26): Takemiya Masaki (white) – Cho Chikun [8] (black)

This game in the beginning of the 80th shows a very different Takemiya, with white as a territory player.
1981-05-26-eidogo.sgf (1.0 KB)

For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Have fun with GO !  

[1]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?TakemiyaMasaki
[2]: http://gowizardry.com/?page_id=8
[3]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?NihonKiIn
[4]: http://www.isbns.la/isbn/9780978887490
[5]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?ThisIsGoTheNaturalWay
[6]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?YamabeToshiro
[7]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin_Kaiho
[8]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?ChoChikun

Game review: 40th Japanese Meijin 2014 (preliminary): Honda Kunihisa 9p (b) vs. Takemiya Masaki 9p (w)

A beautiful game shortly played (on 2nd Oct 2014) by Takemiya Masaki which shows the smartness of a SanRenSei/Cosmic player… and the beautiness of this style. – You can find many suprising moves inside this game and – very typical for influence players – sacrifying lots of stones a territory player probably never would give up.

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Honda K. vs. Masaki T.

The very interesting aspect of this game is the answer of white to black’s move no. 5 (K3) herewith 69 year old Honda K. targets at to break Takemiya’s SanRenSei opening on K4. Takemiya just flips his strategy and establishes a very strong base on top instead on bottom side…

40th Japanese Meijin, preliminary:
Honda Kunihisa 9p (Black) vs. Takemiya Masaki 9p (White)… w+1.5
20141002_Honda-Kunihisa_Takemiya-Masaki.sgf (1.8 KB | Source: http://www.go4go.net )

For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

Have fun with GO and SanRenSei/Cosmic Style ! 🙂 

Go poems (ancient + modern): lyrics from a Go lover’s song…

I am just reading the book “[Killer of GO – Technique and Preventative Measures][1]”, written by [Sakata Eio][2] (Honorary Honinbo, 1920-2010) in 1967.
This book was was published / tranlated into ENG in 1994 by Yutopian Enterprises (USA). – The book is out of print.

In the last chapter “(3) Welcome! The Killer of GO” (page 217-219) the editor Mihori Masa (veteran Go writer) addressed nice lyrics from a Go lover’s song – from olden times. It goes like this:

“If taking stones rules your heart,
unreasoning gulps, wash one to defeat; so much is known.

Discarding Stones with the strategy to play elsewhere
that art will readily triumph.

Know to add the profit, subtract the loss,
ever always avoid the clumsy capture of stones.”

(PS: The book is available in digital form from [SmartGo Books][3]. If you should have some money in reserves, [Amazon][4] is offering it in the category “used books” at the prize of CDN$ 538.94)

[1]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?KillerOfGo
[2]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eio_Sakata
[3]: http://gobooks.com/books-by-category.html#outofprint
[4]: http://www.amazon.ca/Killer-go-technique-preventative-measures/dp/0964184702

Go Book: “Master Play… The Style of Takemiya” (2008)

Tks to wow (OGS) for the tip… here another book about SanRenSei/Cosmic Style:

Master Play: The Style of Takemiya

Publisher: Slate and Shell, 2008
ISBN: 10 1-932001-44-1
72 pp.

The book is available on Slate and Shell (1425 Westshire Lane, Richmond, VA 23238) at a prize of 15.50 US$, in Europe it is sold by Hebsacker Publisher (Germany) for 14.50 Euros (plus shipping).

Master Play Takemiya Cover

The third book in Yuan Zhou‘s series (Aga, 7Dan) on the playing styles of top pros explains the intricacies of Takemiya Masaki‘s famous cosmic style that aims at building a moyo. While Takemiya is one of the most popular pros among amateurs, most fans do not realize how challenging it is to play moyo-style.

Table of Contents

1. A brief biography of Takemiya Masaki
2. Takemiya wins the first world championship
3. Playing moyo style with white
4. Appendix : More examples of Takemiya’s moyo style

Y. Zhou makes it all clear, as usual, and in the process helps readers to gain a much better understanding of how to handle games where one player is aiming at a moyo.

PDF sample…

View this document on Scribd

In chapter 2 “Takemiya wins the first world championship” is analysed in details the final of 1st Fujitsu Cup, being played on 3rd Sept 1988 by Takemiya Masaki 9p (as black) against Rin Kaiho 9p (white). Takemia won the game B+R
( Image source: SGF viewer | Go4Go.net )

27645-1988-09-2014.sgf (1.1 KB | Source: FlashGoe.ru )

For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

This game which made Takeiya famous as centre oriented player had been analysed different times, e.g. on Baduk TV, see video here.

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