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Happy New Year wishes for your GO in 2015 with two Baduk Poems (Korea).

Tks to 최치영 (Cho Echi-Young) for sharing following Korean poems from the book “Korean Classical Baduk Poems” (Korean Edition) which contains in total 50 poems (see list).

Personally I like to see the first poem of Yi Saek as a review of my first year in GO (having started on 26th January 2014)… I experienced timeless moments as described during long games of more than 2 hours and long reviews up to 5-6 hours all night long. – 2nd poem written by Yi Sung-in, a minister under the rulership of dynasty Koryeo might be seen symbolically for the new (Go) year 2015…. hopefully coming free of all distractions for interesting games, tournaments and easy Go studies.

(More (modern + ancient) Go poems you can find on this blog, pls see overview here.)

Yi Saek (1328~1396): A Day is Like a Year
(이 색 : 바둑을 두노라면 하루가 일 년 같아 )

Wen I play baduk, a day is like a year.
Who could know that winning and losing are such fun?
No one has the liberality of Tongshan.
When war came to his doorstep, he calmly played baduk.

Portrait of Yi Saek. National treasure 1215 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Portrait of Yi Saek. National treasure 1215 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Yi Saek (李穡, 1328 – 1396), also known as Mogeun, is a Korean writer and poet. His family belonged to the Hansan Yi clan. Yi Saek played a crucial role in the introduction and localisation of philosophy of Zhu Xi. He studied Neo-Confucianism in Yuan Dynasty China and opened an academy after his return to Goryeo, and from his academy the founders of Joseon Dynasty were educated.

Many of his disciples, such as Jeong Dojeon and Gwon Geun, used Neo-Confucian as the ideological basis for overthrowing Buddhist kingdom of Goryeo and establishing Confucian Joseon. However, Yi Saek himself remained loyal to the Goryeo dynasty and didn’t believe the wiping out of Buddhism, as Jeong Dojeon insisted, would be of any benefit. Yi Saek believed in the co-existence of the “Three Disciplines”: Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Yi Saek resigned from all political positions after the founding of the Joseon Dynasty.

Not much is known about how he died, but some say that he was murdered while crossing a bridge. When he was offered the position of prime minister by Yi sung gye, Saek turned the offer down and told him that he could not serve two kings. Yi subsequently ordered his men to kill him if he was not able to cross the bridge in time, and if he does cross it in time, to let him go.

Yi Saek left various poetry, essays and letters compiled in The Collected Works of Mogeun. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Yi Sung-in (1349~1392): Victory or Defeat Hangs on the Next Move
(이숭 : 인 승부가 다음 한 수에 달려 있어 )

We play baduk face to face beside the small window.
Rain drips desolately; blue mountains grow dim.
Victory or defeat hangs on the next move;
I push away all distracting thoughts and lose myself in reflection.

I have not found one single English source with a short biography about Yi Sung-in. It seems he was a minister in times of the 14th century till the end of the dynasty Koryeo which was founded in 918 and replaced Silla as the ruling dynasty of Korea.
“Goryeo” is a short form of “Goguryeo” and the source of the English name “Korea”. The Korean dynasty was established in 918 by King Taejo and lasted until 1392, the year Yi Sung-in died. – This kingdom later gave name to the modern exonym for Korea. It united the Later Three Kingdoms in 936 and ruled most of the Korean peninsula until it was removed by the leader of the Joseon dynasty in 1392. The Goryeo dynasty expanded its borders to present-day Wonsan in the north-east (936–943) and the Amnok River (993) and finally almost the whole of the Korean peninsula (1374) – (Source: Wikipedia.org)

If you want buy this book, order the Korean / English edition with following ISBN numbers:

ISBN 10-8996527025
ISBN 13-9788996527022


All 50 poems…

01 Yi Kyubo – A Single Lamp by the Bamboo Window
02 Kim Shisup- A Hundred Years
03 So Kojong- A Visiting Monk Insists on a Game of Baduk
04 Ho Ch’ohui- Flying to Heaven’s Pond in the Setting Sun
05 Chong Tojon- Your Laugh
06 Kim Sakkat- The Clink of Baduk Stones
07 Shin Sukju- Are You Drunk or Sober?
08 Kwak Che’u- Let’s Gallop to the Baduk Hall
09 Sosan the Great Priest- Where Have the Baduk Players Gone?
10 So Kyongdok- Perfect Joy
11 So Kojong- Who Made the Axe Helve Rot?
12 Kim Shisup- Sitting Alone in the Twilight
13 Won Chonsok- Playing Baduk in the Shade of the Pine
14 Yi I Recounting- Thousand Year Old Stories
15 Ki Taesung- We Laugh to our Hearts’ Content
16 Chong P’o- Shall I Make a Baduk Bet?
17 Yi Saek- A Day is Like a Year
18 Yi Chom- Immortals Playing Baduk
19 Chong Yag’yong- Time Goes, Time Comes
20 Nam Hyo’on- Autumn Mountains are Red
21 So Kojong- I spend the Day Playing Baduk
22 Kim Shisup- A Lone Kingfisher Flies Off
23 Hwang Hyon- Different Styles of Baduk
24 Cho Uk- The Baduk is Over: Who Won, Who Lost?
25 Ho Ch’im- Don’t Boast About High Office
26 Im ongnyong- All Changes Are like a Game of Baduk
27 Yi Sokhyong – Ten Million Stratagems
28 Yi Sungin – Victory or Defeat Hangs on the Next Move
29 Yi Sungso – Shall We Play Baduk?
30 Yu Huich’un – Playing Baduk in the Orange Grove
31 So Kojong – Children Learning Baduk
32 Kim Shisup – Birds Enjoy the Day After the Rain
33 Yi Chip – Moonlight is Dreary Where He Played Baduk
34 Yi Saek – The Strong Swallow, the Weak Vomit
35 Yi Kyubo – I Play Baduk in the Bamboo Grove
36 Kim Chonghui – Life in Cheju Has Been Tough
37 Kim An’guk – The Komun’go Sounds Best in Moonlight
38 Kim Chongjik – Baduk is Like Embroidery
39 Pak Illyang – Under the Bamboo Monks Play Baduk
40 Kim Sep’il – How Many Aeons Go By?
41 Kim Shisup – The Wind Is in the Bamboo Grove
42 Yi Sokhyong – Vying for Victory
43 Yun Sun – Pine, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
44 Pak uijung – Immortals Play
45 So Kojong – Baduk Stones Echo
46 So Kojong – You Fought Like A Dragon
47 So Kojong – Let’s Write Poems on Lotus Leaves
48 So Kojong – The Temple Is Quiet
49 Chong Saryong – Willows Girdle the River
50 Kim Sangdok – The Secret Sounds of the Paulownia

( Rec.: Amazon has listed the Koeran edition. There it seems out of stock for now. Yet it is listed on South Korean’s web portal Daumn for sales at a prize of 10,800 South Korean Won (KRW) = 8.14 Euro / 9.9 US Dollars plus shipment/transportation costs.)


Mokeun Yi Saek shrine in South Korea…

The picture shows the Mokeun Yi Saek shrine with his portrait. It is located in Juseong-dong, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju (see map). So it looks from outside…

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(Source: ChungBukNadri.net)


Lecture (Video): How to count territory ?

For real Go beginners counting is not of relevance during the game… it is done at the end of the game to determine the score.

Progressing to higher kyu ranks “counting territories” becomes a  relevant skill during the middle game (in Japanse: chūban) for developing a well balanced style and for estimating the score. Counting becomes part of other essential methods, e.g. “positional judgement“.

… shortly before Xmas a lecture on GoKGS was given by Shawn Ray (4Dan and known as Clossius) who is studying Baduk (Go) in Korea.


All Go friends around the globe a MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014…


I (aka LinuxGooo) have started with GO in January 2014…
a wonderful year with uniquely experiences
and many new Go friends around the Globe.

I wish you by heart a
MERRY X-Mas 2014
filled with laughter, joy
and the love of family
and (GO) friends!

Cosmic style, big frame work, Japanese opening… Are u a San-Ren-Sei player?

Within the Go community are going steady and lifely discussions about one (as amateur) can progress, or even should progress.

Over centuries the Go game we all lover so much, was affected by trends and fashion, as every other parts of societies… Game rules changed, different styles had been progressed within the different houses / clans: Honinbo, Hayashi, Inoue and Yasui (about the 4 major schools of GO from beginning of 17th century on some details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_go_houses ).

Beginners mostly are teached to avoid playing in “big moyos” (claimed regions by stones within the fuseki) as – by statistics – its not realistic to keep huge territories alive and save.

Personally I see it more that San-Ren-Sei in tendency has a negative stigma to be weak by its 4-4 opening (known as Japanese Opening) and playing in a big framework. Nowadays we see often the Chinese opening (4-3). Instead the facts say something differently: Statistically seen the Japanese opening is same successfully by winning as the (small) Chinese opening, round about 47-48% of all games in the SGF databases.

One of the well known players of our times is Masaki Takemiya, a Go professional from Japane (details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaki_Takemiya ), who established the San-Ren-Sei style (3- Star-point opening) in the 80th, later known as the “Cosmic Style“, playing in ‘big moyo’.

Playing San-Ren-Sei requires different skills compared with other styles, by its nature. No doubt: San-Ren-Sei is not a style for every kind of player.

How to proof if you can become a successfully San-Ren-Sei player ? – Tks to Masaki Takemiya who is offering a cost free online test you can proof if you have the strength to play San-Ren-Sei. Its quick done within some minutes (and its cost free).

Just click following link on his website for the SRS test : http://sanrensei.info/test.php

(!!! Short notice !!! The website sanrensei.info owned by Russian Go professional Alexandre Dinerchtein has no access for now, the whole site is down 😦 . I have written on 14th Oct a direct mail to Alexandre. Hope we can get this test back and the site sanrensei.info is up soon.)

Pls leave here your result after making the test (clicking the reply button), so San-Ren-Sei players can get in contact with each other and learn from each other to play successfully and progress in this style. (Rec.: On my own I got 225 points of 300. So in tendency I have the character to play San-Ren-Sei successfully.)

Have fun with… Enjoy playing GO !

Video (Eng): The (5 main) Rules of (Korean) GO (= Baduk)

  • You have friends around the globe whom you like to introduce into the GO world ?
  • You want make Go attractive via modern medias to kidds and teenagers in school ?
  • You have the wish to animate your family members to start playing GO with you ?

Korean GO style is seen nowadys as the most progressive way of Go playing. – So why not learning from one of the leading nations in GO (beside China and Japan) ?

Here a new video from Korea with a short introduction into GO…

Tks to the Korean Amateur Go Associtation for this excellent video in English about the five main rules of Korean Go (= Baduk)…

How was GO introduced via print medias in last centuries without Internet ?

Some acient sources about Baduk Culture: rare books (Source: Korea Baduk Association)


From the quality of paper, the estimated publication period of HyunHyunKyung is 19th century. The size of the book is 183 x 255 mm (width x length) with 8mm of thickness. The book is made of hanji (Korean traditional paper) and has 78 pages in total including the cover. The feature of this book is that not only were letters imprinted but the baduk boards were also printed. The book was printed by carving each and every page separately. The baduk stones were stamped with brush covers.

Ki, Kyung, Ku, Kam

The set is consisted of Ki, Kyung, Ku, Kam, a total of 4 volumes in which are recorded 94 games of baduk during the periods of Tien Ming (AD 1781~1788) through Hyung Hwa (: AD 1801~1803). The book size is 18.6cm by 26.8cm (width x length) and published in Year 7 of Mun Hwa (AD 1810).


The book includes referential drawings of 53 set Joseki and 90 initial fuseki. The set is consisted of 3 volumes series is consisted of 3 volumes, volumes 1, 2 and 3. It has a total of 112 headings and its size is 18.2cm by 25cm (width x length). The publication year is Year 10 of (AD 1725). This book is also well-known for its tragic going out of print immediately after objections were raised by Honinbo Dochi.

New HyunHyunKiKyung

In Year 10 of So Hwa (AD 1935), Hashimoto Utaro translated and reorganized the master piece from the ancient times, HyunHyunKiKyung – (joint work of Eom Sa and Ahn Chun Jang-). It is a book of total 226 pages and sized in 17.8cm by 25cm (width x length).

Baduk Encyclopedia

The book which was published by in March 1965 comes with enormous quantity up to 600 pages. It contains everything about baduk stretching over ancient and modern times in a total of 11 categories including baduk terminology, proverbs, dictums, people directory, and book titles thus well deserves the entitlement as an encyclopedia.

100 Years of Baduk Play

The book was written by Yasunaga Hajime, a renowned baduk journalist. It describes periods from Meiji Restoration era to late 70s when Ki-sup Cup was organized. While the book briefly introduces Korea and China, it mainly deals with Japanese baduk history.

“Museum” of the ancient Baduk (Source: Korea Baduk Association)


AmGakKiBan of DanyangSain-am

On a flat surface of a large rock at the bottom of Sain-am (rock) in Daegang-myeon, Danyang-gun, a 19 x 19 grid baduk board is engraved. The structure of the board is a regular square of 50cm by 50cm (width x length) the boundary of which is decorated with double lines. It differentiates from other engraved baduk boards that there is not a Flower point. It is estimated that this rock is associated with U’tak, a native of Danyang, who had a governmental position as Sain at the close of Korea era because he was said to have visited Sain-am frequently regardless of whether he was on duty of after retirement.

The Baduk Board of Kim, Ok-gyun

The baduk board which was favored by Kim, Ok-gyun, the civilization ideologist in the latter period of Chosun Dynasty. After his Kapshin coup in 1884 came to an end in 3 days, Kim, Ok-gyun fled to Japan, where he became closely acquainted with Honinbo Shuei. The baduk board was originally in possession of Japanese baduk house training center and donated to the Korean Baduk House in 1995 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of modern baduk.

Soon Jang Baduk Board in the Chungbuk National University Museum

This is a Soon Jang Baduk Board donated by Prof. Oh, Se-tak, a former professor of Chungbuk National University. The estimated production period of this baduk board goes back to 1910s where Soon Jang points are clearly depicted on the face of the board in a pattern of traditional floral stamen. However, the uniqueness of the pattern is that full Soon Jang points with 4 stamens are only on 4 cornered Flow point and 5 centered point whereas other 12 Soon Jang points are expressed with half JangJum points.

Cotton Rosewood Baduk Board

The baduk board which is possessed by Dongdae-sa, Jungchangwon in Japan’s Nara , Kyoto. It is known that this Cotton rosewood Baduk Board was favored by the Emperor Shomu (Reign years from 724 to749) which was sent from King Uija ( ? ~ 660) of Baekche Dynasty to Fujiwara Katamari, the Internal Minister of Japan. It is the oldest wooden baduk board in existence.

A Portrait of Honinbo Sansa

Honinbo Sansa (1559~1623) is a person who prepared the ground for Japanese baduk . He was endowed with the title of Meijin by Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period (The Warring States Period) of Japan and was still patronized by Tokugawa Ieyasu after unifying the warred sate. Accordingly he brought his family to prosperity and paved the foundation of Japan’s modern baduk .

A Painting of Five Beautiful Women Playing Baduk Under

The painting is a masterpiece worked by Kitagawa Utamaro in 1790 who is one of the greatest artists of Ukiyo-e, the traditional genre printing in Japan. The painting well depicted a scene where Japanese mid-upper class women of the end of 18th century gathered to enjoy playing baduk (go). The picture is in possession of the Honolulu Art Gallery, Hawaii. Gwanjung is a term indicating the Japanese era between 1789 and 1800.

A 17 x 17 grid Stone Baduk Board of the Later Han Dynasty

The baduk board was excavated from a Genera’s tomb who was buried in AD 182, era at the end of the Later Han Dynasty. Being the oldest baduk board existing in the world, its structure is a perfect square and its size is 69cm x 69cm x 14cm (width x length x height). Prior to the excavation of this stone baduk board, the existence of 17 x 17 grid baduk board was only articulated in documentary records. However, it was proven that 17 x 17 grid boards were used around 2000 years ago thanks to the discovery of this stone baduk board. It is in possession of Beijing Museum of History Museum.

General Guan Yu

This is a work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797~1861), one of the great masters of Ukiyo-e which is a genre painting for commoners during the Edo period of Japan. It factually described the scene in which Hua Tuo, a celebrated doctor is operating a surgery and General Guan Yu is playing baduk with Ma Liang.

A Porcelain Baduk Board of Sui Dynasty

When a tomb of a Sui Dynasty General was excavated in 1959 at Anyang, Henan, China, 192 pieces of burial accessories were also discovered. Among those items was a small 19 x 19 grid ChungJa KiBan sized as 10cm x 10cm x 4cm (width x length x height). This is the second oldest baduk board in history with a unique structure of board legs. It is in possession of Henan Museum.

A Wooden Baduk Board of Tang Dynasty

This is a 19 x 19 grid wooden baduk board which was excavated among groups of tombs in Doreuhwan Ahseutana, a Uyghur Self-governing District of Shingang, China. It is currently in possession of the Museum of Uyghur Self-governing District. In Tang Dynasty, both the 19 x 19 grid and 17 x 17 grid baduk boards were used in common.

A Wooden Baduk Board of Tang Dynasty

This is a 19 x 19 grid wooden baduk board which was excavated among groups of tombs in Doreuhwan Ahseutana, a Uyghur Self-governing District of Shingang, China. It is currently in possession of the Museum of Uyghur Self-governing District. In Tang Dynasty, both the 19 x 19 grid and 17 x 17 grid baduk boards were used in common.


GO: All 68 games of Team Men / Individual Woman @ 4th SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 (11th-17th Dec)


Have you noticed of the Go competitions during the 4th World Mind Games (11th-17th December 2014)  which took place for over four days  from 1st day till 15th Dec ?

On my own I am curious about what has been played by 30 players (male: 18, female: 12) who came from only 8 countries (CAN, CHN, FRA, JPN, KOR, RUS, TPE and USA) to Beijing (China).

In the Men’s teams had been two amateurs, both 7 Dans (Ilya Shikshin and Ko Daehyuk) and three amateurs within the women group (Natalya Kovaleva (5d), Irena Sha (6d) and Dina Burdakova (5d)). At all 83% have been professional Go players, e.g. 9P Dan Rui Naiwei from China (born 1963 and student of GO Seigen in Japan from 1898 on) who is still seen as one of the strongest female GO players in the world.

(Image Source: 4th World Mind Games 2014 – Photo Archive)

Following you get the games collection in whole as overview with links to the SGFs (kifus) you can do some individual reviews on your own or download them for offline studies. (Rec.: My personal tks go to Marce (aka macelee) who is 6 Dan player and maintaining since more than 10 years (since 2002) the games archive Go4Go from whom I got the SGF transcriptions.)

I will post next days a selective collection of those games which had been played with SanRenSei and centre oriented style… (Rec.: As I am big fan of Rengo (Go Pair) I will postin next days seperately the Rengo games of WMG2014, in total eleven (11) being played by eight (8) Go Pairs.)

4th SportAccord World Mind Games: Go results of 11th till 15th Dec 2014.

  • Go Team MEN

/ 15th Dec 2014…


– Ilya Shikshin 7d (Black) vs. Kang Dongyun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Zhehao 5p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Na Hyun 5p (Black) vs. Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Fan Hui 2p (Black) vs. Park Yeonghun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi) … OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) W+0.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Ko Daehyuk 7d (Black) vs. Tuo Jiaxi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Mi Yuting 9p (Black) vs. Yang Huiren 1p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Jiang Mingjiu 7p (Black) vs. Shi Yue 9p (White) W+10.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 14th Dec 2014…


– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Chen Shiyuan 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Seto Taiki 7p (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Ida Atsushi 8p (White) W+14.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yuki Satoshi 9p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Zhang Zhehao 5p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Lin Lixiang 6p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 13th Dec 2014…

– Ko Daehyuk 7d (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Yang Huiren 1p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Jiang Mingjiu 7p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Zhehao 3p (Black) vs. Kang Dongyun 9p (White) W+6.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Na Hyun 5p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Park Yeonghun 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 12th Dec 2014…

– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Shi Yue 9p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Tuo Jiaxi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ilya Shikshin 7d (Black) vs. Zhang Zhehao 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Lin Lixiang 6p (Black) vs. Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Fan Hui 2p (Black) vs. Chen Shiyuan 9p (White) W+6.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Seto Taiki 7p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+7.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Ida Atsushi 8p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yuki Satoshi 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+5.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Mi Yuting 9p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 11th Dec 2014…


– Zhang Zhehao 5p (Black) vs. Ko Daehyuk 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yang Huiren 1p (Black) vs. Lin Lixiang 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Chen Shiyuan 9p (Black) vs. Jiang Mingjiu 7p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Tuo Jiaxi 9p (Black) vs. Ilya Shikshin 7d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Alexander Dinerchtein 3p (Black) vs. Mi Yuting 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Shi Yue 9p (Black) vs. Fan Hui 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kang Dongyun 9p (Black) vs. Seto Taiki 7p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Ida Atsushi 8p (Black) vs. Na Hyun 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Park Yeonghun 9p (Black) vs. Yuki Satoshi 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo 

  • Individiual Woman

/ 15th Dec 2014

– Yu Zhiying 5p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 14th Dec 2014…


– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) W+0.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia 6p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Rui Naiwei 9p (White) W+4.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 13th Dec 2014…


– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Svetlana Shikshina 3p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Hei Jiajia* 6p (Black) vs. Choi Jeong 5p (White) B+3.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Fujisawa Rina 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 12th Dec 2014…

Natalya Kovaleva 5d (Black) vs. Fujisawa Rina 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Okuda Aya 3p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Irena Sha 6d (Black) vs. Zhang Kaixin 4p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Dina Burdakova 5d (Black) vs. Svetlana Shikshina 3p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
Choi Jeong 5p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Rui Naiwei 9p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

– Okuda Aya 3p (Black) vs. Rui Naiwei 9p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Natalya Kovaleva 5d (Black) vs. Choi Jeong 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Fujisawa Rina 2p (Black) vs. Yu Zhiying 5p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Kim Cheayoung 2p (Black) vs. Hei Jiajia* 6p (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

/ 11th Dec 2014…


– Svetlana Shikshina 3p (Black) vs. Okuda Aya 3p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Dina Burdakova 1p (Black) vs. Kim Cheayoung 2p (White) W+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
– Yu Zhiying 5p (Black) vs. Irena Sha 6d (White) B+R (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo
–  Zhang Kaixin 4p (Black) vs. Natalya Kovaleva 5d (White) W+4.5 (7.5 komi)… OGS | Go4Go | Eidogo

*) … better known in the Go world as (Australian born) Joanne Missingham (6 Pro Dan)

(Source: 12/2014 – Go4Go.net)

Science Conference (EGC 2013): Improving Go Skilfulness by Biological knowledge (author: Dario Colombera)

I fell over Dario’s lectures firs time in the Forum of lifein19x19. The topics of Dario give a different perspective onto GO and own person.

Born in 1933 (Trieste/Italy), Dario Colombera studied at the University of Padova (Italy) Natural Science with graduation in 1963. He taught chemistry, geography, mathematics, and biology in two schools of Cervignano (Liceo Malignani) and Padua (Liceo e Scuola media clericali). For nearby 20 years (1965-1984) Dario was lecturer for the University of Padova with courses and lessons of Cytology, Histology and Embryology, General Zoology, Human Biology and several other practical courses. In 1984 he became full professor of Histology and Embryology at the University of Padua.

Dario’s academic researches have been mainly devoted to the investigation of evolutionary tactics and strategies from two different points of view:

1. Comparing the morphology of the chromosomes of several marine invertebrates and advancing some general hypotheses about chromosome evolution;
2. Analyzing the evolutionary significance of tactical and strategic behaviours in mankind.

Beyond his academic activities he is fond of GO (7 kyu), oil painting, languages and biological gardening.

With his life experience and scientific background Dario might give Go players a different approach to the method of a qualitatively playing, as given with following 1:1 reprint.

… with courtesy to scientist Dario Colombera




author: Dario Colombera


Dario Colombera (Italy) http://www.dariocolombera.it/

Dario Colombera (Italy, born: 8th March 1933) Source: http://www.dariocolombera.it

Since the laws of life are worldly known and easy to understand, our refusal to consider them in our everyday lives, although the evident, ongoing global mass extinctions, cannot be only due to ignorance or stupidity, but to a kind of diffuse mental illness. Therefore, the initial aim of this research was to find out the basic cognition, which is necessary to individuate and solve our primary existential problems. The most astonishing result of this investigation was the discovery of an innovative discipline, totally deduced from the acquisitions of modern zoology, with which every person may individuate and cure the usual but unknown insanity of his mind. Go, interpreted as an evolutionary model, is one of the basic element of this discipline.

Since then, I try to divulge it, in order to convince everybody that we shall be capable to maintain our status and richness if and only if the achievements of modern zoology, i. e. the laws of life, will be all worldly understood and respected.


As naturalist and searcher for inner truth, I have deeply pondered about the fundamental causes of our present ecological disasters, existential difficulties and ethical debasements. At present, I believe that the primary reason of our present world-wide crises is due to the fact that we disregard the point, that in condition of extreme selective pressures, too low or too high, our minds become irrational and out of any conscious control. Moreover, we are more or less rational and clever, when we are dealing with contingent matters, but our selection of interests and aims are usually irrational, since it is based on uncontrolled emotions, out of date traditions and conditioned wishes.

It follows, that we do not pay the due attention to the present global environmental degradation, which admonishes us to reconsider all aspects of our civilization in biological terms, with a scientific attitude and as soon as possible. Of course, the knowledge of the laws of life gives us all the necessary tools to understand and solve our present cultural inadequacies and ecological troubles [1, 2]. But, besides this and very unexpectedly, general zoology also provides us the fundamentals of an inner discipline, which allows us to optimize all our behaviours and to stop the subconscious activity of our minds, thus healing our objective but ignored mental insanity [1]. Of course, it is only after a sound mental rehabilitation, that we shall be able to face our actual severe ecological and cultural problems.

This inner discipline is easy to follow and very safe, since it is based on scientific achievements and can be easily practiced with a scientific attitude. I have already collected some evidence, that this discipline allows everybody to verify if his social, cultural and religious traditions are intrinsically sound in evolutionary terms. These censorious approach can be applied in whatever contest, since the laws of life prove that what is advantageous at one level of organization, is positive at all levels.

... seen on Facebook: "Extreme Go" – http://goo.gl/i7lfiP

… seen on Facebook: “Extreme Go” – http://goo.gl/i7lfiP


Now let see some few discoveries of general zoology and consequent implications [1, 2]:

I. Acting in the present instant is the only certain possession and duty of all living beings. Moreover, they and we are dynamic entities which can never stop acting.
II. If living beings do not behave in the present instant, with their utmost commitment, efficiency, prudence and energy’s saving, they and we shall extinguish.
III. In nature, infinitesimal advantages are enough, in order to overcome whatever competitor.
IV. In condition of low selective pressure, all living beings degenerate, firstly psycho-physiologically and then genetically. As far as people are concerned, we ignore that we can stop the ceaseless subconscious activity of our minds by a steady concentration on a determined object. Concentration is a well-known behaviour, which we commonly practice in our everyday lives, but regrettably we ignore its therapeutic benefit on our psyche. It follows that we never concentrate for the due time, which is necessary for repressing the subconscious activity of our minds.
V. In order to survive, we must know our habitats and then we should accordingly plan our lives with sound evolutionary strategies. Unfortunately, modern languages do not describe our real environments anymore and even to know and dominate the environment is useless, if we do not live alert at every present instant, instead of going around dreaming with open eyes most of our time.
VI. An over whole evolution is the most rewarding strategy in the long term, whereas specialization and parasitism lead to extinction. Today we cannot renounce to specialization, but we should not forget, that in condition of high selective pressure, we must be ready to face the most disparate difficulties.
VII. In natural conditions, predators and preys, bacteria and their hosts, harmoniously evolve together, both increasing their freedom from the environment.
VIII. Every person is unique at a genetic level and has his own peculiar vision of reality, his own niches and his own optimal evolutionary path.
IX. Happiness is a must in the struggle for life. From immunology we know that the immune system of a sorrowful animal does not function properly. From our lives we know that falling in love gives us the uttermost enthusiasm, joy and courage.


From these few observations, a very efficient inner discipline can be easily deduced [1], which allows us to survive in conditions of extreme selective pressures, either too low or too high. Another great novelty of this discipline is that we are not requested to change our style of life, our existential aims or our faiths. We are allowed to pursue all our previous habits and traditions, but with total involvement, utmost attention, extreme perseverance and absolute detachment from results. Even if poorly practiced, it offers immediate and crucial advantages. Moreover, faith, prophets and gurus aren’t anymore necessary, since it has been deduce from the laws of nature. Moreover, when you scientifically evaluate the outcomes of your discipline, you become the master and the teacher of yourself. In an age of massive ethical decadence, to be independent from prophets and leaders, offers a decisive existential advantage. I have already verified that this discipline is easy to practice and that its benefits are immediate. Even re-birthing, intended as freedom from subconscious conditioning, can be achieved in very short times, weeks or months. I call it “The Multiple Middle Path”, because everybody can practice it as he likes and because it is at the reach of normal people. It suggests two tactical and two strategic behaviours:

1. Live paying attention to what you do in the present instant.
2. Optimize all your behaviours, expressing in the order: highest efficiency and maximal saving.
3. When an inner stimulus pushes you to start a new action, stop for seven breaths.
4. Optimize your plans of actions, adopting the strategies that Go demands.

The effectiveness of these four disciplines is highly enhanced, when they are harmoniously practiced together, so as our existential needs and adaptive evolution demand.

As far as I know, it is the first time that an inner discipline springs out from a western culture, thus being rational, scientific and based on modern biology. For honesty and convenience, I must remember that these four disciplines are separately taught in the old Hindu tradition (see: tantra and karma yoga teachings) and in the Chinese culture (see: Tao Te Ching and Wei Qi). But, because they are foreign, ancient, disjointed, somehow hidden and devoid of any biological justification, we missed them.

The first discipline suggests: live paying extreme attention to what you do in the present instant. In the tantric tradition [3] we find an interesting practical indication: “When you’re busy, be careful about what you are doing in the pause between the two breaths “. The practical usefulness of this suggestion can be easily verified. The existential, perceptive and adaptive advantages of this discipline are numerous and determinant [1]. I just remember a few:

(I). On the contrary of all the other inner disciplines I know, it is easy to practice and quick to accomplish. It gives us immediate existential advantages and the silence of the subconscious mind occurs in weeks or months instead of years.

(II). We increase our capability to perceive infinitesimal fractions of time.
This implies a better perception of the reality, thus giving us immediate existential advantages. In general, it speeds up our reaction to stimuli, it improves our memory and it sharpens our senses and mental concentration.

(III). We reduce the subconscious activity of our minds, much more than practicing our usual attention. Under normal conditions, our concentration is shattered by the dreaming-like activity of our mind so that, for long periods of the day, we lack free will and self-consciousness. On the contrary, this extreme attention stops our usual subconscious mental activities and concomitant useless contractions of voluntary muscles. Moreover, it offers us a new perception of our reality and sooner or later new larger mental paradigms are achieved.

(IV). We immediately optimize whatever action.

I do not know any other discipline, which improves so much and so quickly all aspects of our life. I have already tested its usefulness, by practicing some sports, learning languages, doing asanas and facing very severe existential stresses. You will surely improve all your capabilities much better and safer than by taking drugs.

(V). This is the only discipline I know, which doesn’t require extra times.

It seems a trivial advantage, but ask a Westerner to “meditate” for just a few hours a day or to practice daily asanas (postures)! He just hasn’t time. Moreover, by means of this discipline you can reevaluate those events that you normally consider as boring and useless.

(VI). We learn to utilize those small fractions of time, which you have previously neglected, such as: waiting for the bus, for the green traffic light, for your computer’s programs to start, and so on. Times previously disregarded, because they seemed too short, turn to be the useful for a lot of purposes: having a tea, shaving, making a telephone call, relaxing, concentrating, studying and so on. Furthermore, you realize that all your present instants as precious, since they give you the opportunity to refine your personality.

(VII). We overcome severe emotional distresses. When this extreme concentration is practiced, the subconscious activity of the mind stops and thus contingent emotional discomforts disappear. For example: I. Actions, which would normally be tedious, become acceptable and don’t disturb your inner peace any more. II. If someone offends you with nasty words when you are alert, you’ll not feel hurt. III. The usual devastating emotional distresses, that we normally suffer because of heavy economic losses, heart’s sorrows, relatives’ death, sudden loss of illusions and so on, just disappear.

(VIII). This dynamic attention expands our perception of time. Our self-consciousness increases so much, that a day seems to last as long as a lifetime. Normally we just live with the opposite attitude. How many times I heard people saying: “Twenty years elapsed, and I have the feeling that they did not last longer than a single day”.

(IX). You recover that inborn, but presently lost happiness, that you enjoyed during your early childhood.

On the whole, I recommend practicing this first exercise with the consciousness, that the present instant is your only possession. This awareness can be very painful at first, because it erases all our usual certainties, which normally give us soothing but illusory safeties. But very soon, you will appreciate the sense of infinite freedom and the consequent joy that this consciousness offers.

The second discipline suggests: optimize all your behaviours, expressing in the order extreme concentration, optimal efficiency and utmost energies’ saving. Since we are not accustomed to be alert in all our present instants, acting and moving in unusual ways, improves and facilitates this practice. For instance:

(I). Move relaxing your muscles and you will spare energy, gain physical power and rehabilitate your joints.

(II). Make ampler gestures. Since we usually are too passive and idle, it is important to practice those unusual movements, which reduce our physical handicaps and stiffness due to a sedentary life and wrong postures.

(III). In the Karma yoga traditions [4], we find an interesting attitude, which is a must in order to optimize whatever action: never bother about the results of your actions, but always remain emotionally detached, in victory, so as in defeat.
The third discipline recommends: when a mental stimulus pushes you to start a new activity, stop yourself for a while, in order to verify your motivations. I have observed that for this purpose, seven breaths are long enough. Becoming aware of the invading presence of an unknown subconscious ruler in your life, you realize the necessity of behaving as a strategist, in order to regain your inner freedom. In the tantric traditions [4] we also find the same teaching: when you feel like starting a new activity, stop yourself and reconsider your motivations.

On the whole, this discipline offers three decisive advantages:

(I). You realize how much your usual behaviours are conditioned by your subconscious mind.

(II). You will detect your true personality.

(III). After these two bitter, sorrowful discoveries, you will understand the urgency of becoming the strategic master of your life and very soon you’ll enjoy a new, previously unknown inner freedom.

The fourth discipline suggests: optimize your existential strategies, adopting those of Go in your everyday life. Since the game of Go can be considered as the most simplified model of an extremely complicated event, “adaptive evolution” [5, 6], it is no wonder that by playing Go we may easily individuate some basic strategies of survival, otherwise difficult to discover. As an evolutionary model, Go expresses a struggle for survival between two similar antagonist species, since they have the same finite niches at their disposal, “The territory of the Go ban”. Both competitors have infinite evolutionary potentialities (the number of stones is theoretically infinite). Let consider each move as the expression of a genetic mutation, which allows the exploitation of a new niche. I remember that the concept of niche is more operative than spatial. The habitat is the place where we live. The niche is that part of the habitat with which we interact. Populations which cannot evolve any more (groups of stones without enough freedoms), die out.

Extinction is the rule in Nature, since living beings usually are blind in strategic terms. On the contrary, by playing Go we can individuate the fundamental evolutionary strategies of survival. Now let compare the evolutionary steps of living beings with the moves of Go players:

I. Evolution cannot revert to previous conditions. In Go, this unachievable event is avoided by the rule of Ko.

II. The struggle for life must be balanced. Thus, a system of handicaps has been instituted and the two players alternate their moves.

III. Not perfection, but over whole improvements guarantee sound adaptive evolutions. In Go also, not immediate gains but maintaining the largest number of evolutionary options is a prerequisite.

IV. Pay extreme attention in order to avoid perils, to discover all the possible opportunities and to make the most advantageous existential choices. In Go, the study of its tactics and strategies, together with maintaining a detached but intense attention, optimize our chances of victory.

V. In nature, infinitesimal advantages are enough, in order to overcome whatever opponent. In Go also it is safer to be satisfied with little advantages. If we are too greedy, we risk to be killed.

VI. The most economic species survives. Moves having manifold purposes are a prerequisite for winning.

VII. Beauty is an expression of efficiency and of an over whole sound evolution, both for living beings and Go players.

VIII. Living beings struggle for extinction, when their natural selective pressure lessens or becomes too high. This peril is avoided for Go players, by equalizing the chances of the two opponents, with the system of handicaps.

IX. The species, which is able to do more evolutionary steps, survives. In Go win the player who is able to make more moves: see the scoring with the Ing’s method.

X. The best result of a natural competition occurs when both contenders harmoniously continue their struggle. Therefore, I suggest to revise the present method of scoring, which makes impossible the draw, since it represents the best outcome of an evolutionary competition.

But I must warn you, that there is a lot of evidence that playing Go and being a scientist is not a guarantee that you will behave strategically and rationally in your everyday life. If you really want to face your existential troubles as a Go strategist, when you feel like changing activity, stop for a while and ponder about your next challenge or wish, as they were the strategic problems of a Go game.

The Multiple Middle Path must be practically tested, since it cannot be supported or denied by arguing and debating, because: firstly, it is based on scientific data and not on philosophical argumentation. The first three components of the Multiple Middle path have proved to be very effective for over four millennia of inner searches and all four are in accordance with those laws of survival, which have been discovered by our zoologists in the last three hundred years. Secondly, our languages and our sophists’ like mentalities are not fitted to face solve similar questions. Thirdly, when you practice them, you will perceive some unusual and unpredictable experiences, which cannot be expected within our usual mental paradigms.

(Source: LVII EUROPEAN GO CONGRESS (Poland, 2013) | Science Conference: Dario Colombera)

Looking for interesting games? SGF database ( > 44880 games ) has Intern. Tournament News (scores, results + kifus)

Go4Go.net is a Go web site serving the Go community since more than ten years (with start in Novermber 2002). In it’s earlierst stage Go4Go.net had a Chinese version online sometime back in year 2000.

With an own account Go4Go.net was very helpfully for my own Go studies from beginning (1st game of Jubango on 26th January 2014). Since then some games from the Go4Go.net achive I am studying you find here on MySRS Go blog, with given (and written) permission by Go4Go.net for re-publishing.

The author of Go4Go.net is macelee (a 6 dan amateur player). The site contains a frequently updated professional game database as well as various other services (Source: Sensei’s Library | last update: 01/2014).

The Go4Go Features…

  • The site hosts the most frequently updated professional game collection on the Internet (beside GoKifu which started in 2010 and GoBase which is no more active since 2011). Go4Go’s database contains today 44883 games (January 2014: 40,000+ games) covering most international tournaments and domestic tournaments of China, Japan and Korea. It is updated daily. Till today alone in 2014 have been collected  3,494 games.


Historical games are also gradually compiled and added to the database. Games are viewable online and can be download individually. For a small fee, users can have the latest SGF files delivered by weekly emails and download the entire collection.

  • The site is also hosting an archive of commented games by Go Professional Alexandre Dinerchtein (3p).
  • Go4Go is an open environment. Users are able to contribute contents as well as making comments of existing contents.

An interesting – as I see it – uniquely service are the charts of tournament results from events around the globe (World), Korea, China and  Japan (see screenshots). You get access to the score charts in the segment “Tournament News“:


Screenshot-korea Screenshot-china Screenshot-Japan-go4go-news

Example of a detailled Tournament Score chart, e.g. the group stage of Samsung Cup (15th edition, year: 2010):


Many tks to Mace for his daily work !

BADUK CLASSIC Series No. 2: The ART of CLOSING – Guanzipu (Vol 1-6) translated by 9PDan Cho Hyeyeon

… in August I have blogged infos about the first book series of BADUK CLASSIC “The Profound and Mysterious” (Volume 1-4).

By time for Xmas is available now the BADUK CLASSIC Series No. 2. It is same translated (as No. 1) by Korean Pro Dan Cho Hyeyeon (see her FB page – https://www.facebook.com/badukclassic )

Series No. 2: THE ART OF CLOSING – Guanzipu  (Volume 1-6)
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The Art of Closing is a 6 book set that is filled with ancient problems put together by previous masters. Cho Hye-yeon has kindly translated this series into English for the western community. It is a great collection of masterful problems. (Source: Amazon.com)

  • Series: Baduk Classic: The Art of Closing
  • Paperback: 1300 pages
  • Publisher: BadukTV; 2nd edition (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 979-1185635156
  • ASIN: 1185635157
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds

announcement on BadukTV by Cho Hyeyeon

Where to buy? … available on Amazon.com

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1st announcement: EUROPEAN YOUTH GO CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 (12th-15th March / The Netherlands)

Dear Go friends, dear visitors  of the MySRS Go blog !

Kunwa Room of EGCC (Amstelveen/Amsterdam)

Kunwa Room of EGCC (Amstelveen/Amsterdam)

… as you might have noticed, beside the big (and legendary) games (e.g. Jubango or historical games) of high dan players we can learn from “the correct moves” I am very interested in  tournaments the younger Go generation is playing nowadays a modern Go style of 21st century (see Asian University Go Tournament 2014, World Mind Games 2014).

Here the latest news about a new one in 2015 coming in this morning. Tks to Harry Weerheijm (aka hw9x9 on KGS) @  EuroGoTV (NL) informing me via email about following news. The EYGC will be organized by the European Go Cultural Centre (EGCC, Amsterdam) and Dutch Go Association (Nederlandse Go Bond, abbreviated NGoB).

(Rec.: There will be three seperate championships: The “under twelve” group, for participants born after 1. August 2003, the “under sixteen” group, for participants born between 1. August 1999 and 1. August 2003 and the “under twenty” group, for participants born between 1. August 1995 and 1. August 1999.)

Have a wonderful 3rd Advent weekend… Xmas 2014 is coming close. – Warm greetings from stormy Europe/LinuxGooo

EYGC2015 – European Youth Championship 2015 (1st newsletter)


Dear Go player, organizer and Go minded people,

New Buttefly Logo EYGC2015

New Buttefly Logo EYGC2015

In March 2015 the next European Youth Go Championship will be organized in The Netherlands.

Info can be found on the website : www.eygc2015.eu and in this PDF newsletter (download here).

We hope you will get enthusiastic about joining the event as a participant or make a start and organize your national team.

Yours sincerely
Organizing committee of the EYGC 2015
(direct contact: eygc2015@go-centre.nl / T.: +31 (0)206455555 )

1st PDF Newsletter of EYGC 2015 (published: 1st Dec 2014)


1st GO Day @ World Mind Games 2014 (11th-17th Dec, Beijing)


As announced in November today started in Beijing (China) the 4th edition of the World Mind Games
with Bridge, Chess, Draughts,  Go and Xianqi with players from 130 countries.

… with 1st Go round of Team Men and of Women individual on Day 1.

Here a pic of match 2 with Hul Fan (age: 32, rank: 2Pro Dan / 8D EGF, European Go Champion (French)) part of European team playing against China (Source: 11th Dec 2014 / WMG @ Facebook)


Natalia Kovaleva (age: 27, rank: 5D EGF, Russian), member of the Europe Team, manages a rare win in the women’s individual Go match No. 4 against Kai-Hsin Chang (Chinese Taipe). – South Korea comes back from the brink to beat Japan in 1st round match of Men’s Team competition (see table Go Results).

Photo : Vianney THIBAUT

There were a few furrows on the faces of players of the South Korean team after the result of the first board in the men’s team match against Japan came out. Quite unexpectedly, the Japanese had managed to draw first blood. Park Yung Hun, a last-minute replacement for the original draftee into the team, Park Jung Hwan, who had unfortunately suffered an accident just a day before the team left for the World Mind Games in Beijing, had resigned to Yuki Satoshi of Team Japan. The margin of the loss- a mere half point.

The stage for the exciting clash had been set up and maybe the Japan team was finally sniffing its chance against the Koreans, who have dominated proceedings at all editions of the World Mind Games thus far, along with the China. And they had reasons to be confident. Up in the second match was Ida Satoshi against Na Hyun, a weaker opponent.

19 years of age, Na Hyun hails from Jeonju, a city in the south-west of South Korea. It is better known as the birthplace of Lee Chang-ho, considered one of the strongest Go players in the modern history of the sport. However, the 39-year old with the 9-dan rank was far from the mind of Na Hyun, who had a battle of his own to wage. He started brightly, setting up a strong position on the board for himself. However, mistakes were committed and he fell behind to the Japanese player, stronger than himself. An unlikely defeat for the Koreans loomed large.

Upon conversation, Na Hyun comes across as a confident and friendly person, who radiates the persona of a mature mind beyond his physical age. Perhaps this is why he got attracted to Go in the first place. In his own words ‘it fits his personality’. A personality that has been shaped by the pursuit of Go since the age of 6. Three years later, he moved to Seoul to study Go at senior academy. Such was his devotion to the sport. His years of training seem to be paying off as he has very quickly risen to number 7 in the Korean Go rankings. It is not a statistic to be dismissed lightly, given that South Korea has almost 2 million Go players, 300 of whom qualify for the professional rankings.

His training lends him great self-belief to stand firm in the face of challenges during a match, but even this self-belief requires luck to support the player possessing it. And it came Na Hyun’s way. Ida Satoshi had an easy option available to him on the board at one point but he chose a complicated maneouver. Fate presented the Korean with an opportunity and he was not naïve enough to squander it away. He made the Japanese pay for his mistakes. And quite simply, won.

Na Hyun felt ‘really happy’ when he won the Prices Information Cup a few months ago, his first title. ‘I feel really happy’ is how he describes his state of mind when quizzed about a win that ultimately led to South Korea winning the match (Korean Kang Dong Yoong won the 3rd board by a comfortable margin of 5.5 points in an otherwise closely contested game against Taiki Seto of Japan). Upon first glance, he would come across as a regular 19 year old who would be at home with a round of Playstation games with his friends. But what draw Na Hyun to Go is the cerebral nature of the sport that requires hours of thinking, immense concentration and the computing power that is even beyond the reach of computers (a computer programme is yet to be devised that can defeat a human, but more on that at some other time). It is what keeps him going. It is what kept South Korea from going down to Japan. It is what kept a country, where Go is a way of life and a tradition, alive in the contest for a gold medal.

In other team matches of the day, China defeated Team Europe and Chinese Taipei defeated North America.

In the women’s individual 1st round matches, Russian Natalia Kovaleva sprung a major surprise to beat Kai-Hsin Chang of Chinese Taipei. Given that only 4 Europeans have ever won matches at the World Mind Games in the Go category, this was a rare and important result. There was no such luck for her compatriot Svetlana Shikshina as she went down to Aya Okuda of Japan. China stayed strong with Yu Zhiying beating Irene Sha of Canada in the last women’s match of the day.

Go Results overall on Day 1… (for next days pls visit the schedule + results page directly)


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4 Hours video of 11th Dec 2014…

Highlights of 11th Dec 2014…

(Official) WMG Trailer…

You can follow the event live on the website: http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/live/
…and on Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mindgameschannel


Full Go Player List 2014 (direct PDF download)

(Source: 12/11/2014 – World Mind Games)

11th Dec 2014: in one month 2,460 visitors + 11,000 views/impressions on the MySRS blog… tks.

The MySanRenSei Blog which has started in April 2014 connected on 11th November with social medias via Facebook page and Twitter. Aftere one month we count more than 11,000 views/impressions with more than 2,460 blog visitors.* – Many tks for your interests in GO/Weiqi/Baduk/IGO  and my MySRS Blog.

This first year of my very young Go life (since 26th January 2014) is just a ‘warm up‘ and I have the confidence that we can see new and interesting content about GO ahead in 2015. – Keep sharing our passion and love for GO !  Warm greetings/LG 🙂

*) The Facebook statistics will be evaulated at year’s end and counted seperately.

WordPress statistics… per day (since 10th Nov: 2,466 visitors + 5,557 views)


WordPress Blog statistics… per week.


Twitter statistics… (198 impressions in average) per day / in total >5,300 impressions.


Famous Go games: 1582 – 1959 (overview)

Tks to toomtam (c/o Go Association of Thailand) for this list he sticked together on 21st April 2001. Probably its not complete, but for a beginner like I am it gives some orientation how Go developed over centuries. Interesting to see the over dominance of Go Seigen (1914-30th Nov 2014) in 20th century. – What game do you know ?

Honinbo_Dosaku   Honinbo_Jowa   shunsaku
[f.l.t.r.:  Honinbo Dosaku (1645-1702), Honinbo Jowa (1787-1847), Honinbo Shusaku (1829-1862) ]

A more detailled and complete overview you might find on SL :  http://senseis.xmp.net/?FamousGoGames (latest edit: 1st April 2014).

The Atom Bomb Game event at the Imperial War Museum in London, for the 60th Anniversary in 2005. Under the glass is the position of the board at the time the bomb was dropped. The 106 moves from the first two days had just been replayed on the board at the time. The board here belongs to T. Mark Hall. Just visible on the other side is Mark's diploma signed by Iwamoto Kaoru, a survivor of the Atom Bomb game.

The Atom Bomb Game event at the Imperial War Museum in London, for the 60th Anniversary in 2005. Under the glass is the position of the board at the time the bomb was dropped. The 106 moves from the first two days had just been replayed on the board at the time. The board here belongs to T. Mark Hall. Just visible on the other side is Mark’s diploma signed by Iwamoto Kaoru, a survivor of the Atom Bomb game. (Source: SL)


Overview of famous games: 1582 – 1959

Year: White x Black; 
     Result; Why is it well-known?

1582: Nikkai, Honinbo Sansa x Kashio Rigen
tripple ko; at night after the game the emperor Nobunaga was killed. Since then the tripple ko is a bad sign. In the kifu there is no tripple ko, it is incomplete.

1625: Nakamura Doseki x Yasui Santetsu
W+; first move was on the side

1682: Honinbo Dosaku (Meijin) x Peichin Hamahika (4handicap)
W+14; first official international match, Peichin visited Japan, but he was crushed by the go-saint in four handicap

1683: Honinbo Dosaku (Meijin) x Yasui Shunchi (or Sanchi) (2handicap)
B+1; Dosaku’s masterpiece – 2 handicap lost by one point. Today’s professionals say that the fuseki is aged, that today even amateurs would play it better, but in the middle game Shunchi played a sequence of excellent moves. How Dosaku was able to catch up to 1 point difference is nearly incomparable.

see “Review by 1PD Francis Meyer” of 17th century game (Edo period)
with Honinbo Dosaku and Yasui Chitetsu

1705: Yasui Senkaku x Honinbo Dochi
B+1; Dochi’s surprising endgame tesuji brought him 2 points and win

1792: Yasui Senchi Senkaku x Honinbo Retsugen
W+R; Senkaku’s style – influence, Senkaku turned the game around with the fight

1812: Honinbo Genjo x Nakano Chitoku (Yasui Senchi)
B+R; move 69 looks nearly like a pass

1815: Honinbo Jowa x Hattori Rittetsu (Gennan Inseki)
B+4; masterpiece of Gennan against his irreconcilable rival

1820: Yasui Senchi x Honinbo Jowa
B+2; marked as the best game of Edo period although black kept the advantage of the first move and won by two points, Senchi’s amashi strategy is praised a lot

1835: Honinbo Jowa (Meijin) x Akaboshi Intetsu
W+R; blood-vomiting game. Jowa, who as a Meijin couldn’t afford to lose, had to face new secret trick joseki (move 33), that gave Akaboshi advantage. But Jowa then played three brilliant tesuji (68, 70,
80) and turned the game around. After a week of playing Intetsu kolapsed, started to vomit blood, and died in a few days.

1842: Inoue Genan Inseki x Honinbo Shuwa
B+6; the match of two players, who had the strength of a Meijin, but didn’t become Meijin. Jowa commented that Gennan was strong enough to become a Meijin but he was unfortunately born in a wrong time. In endgame Gennan was losing by one point, so he tried to live in the corner, but didn’t manage to do it and the difference raised to 6 points.

1844: Honinbo Shuwa x Yasui Sanchi
B+1; move 63 is a very strange shape, it is nobi where you wouldn’t expect it

1846: Inoue Genan Inseki x Kuwahara Shusaku
B+3; ear-redding game, legendary move 127 just next to tengen, with which Shusaku surprised Gennan as well as onlookers and reversed unfavourable game

1851: Honinbo Shuwa x Honinbo Shusaku
B+4; well-known for fans of “Hikaru no Go“, the first game between Touya Akira and Shindo Hikaru (Sai)

1852: Honinbo Shusaku x Ito Showa
W+R; confrontation of two generations, Shusaku (22) with white defeated Showa (50)

1853: Honinbo Shusaku x Ota Yuzo
W+3; with this game Shusaku forced Yuzo to handicap and won the most famous match of Edo period. Slow, but thick move 88 says: “Just this is enough to win”.

1895: Honinbo Shuei x Tamamura Hoju (Honinbo Shusai)
W+2; the move 92 is well-known tesuji with escaping to geta, which saves white stones

1926: Honinbo Shusai (Meijin) x Karigane Junichi
W+T; Kiseisha vs Nihon Ki-in, one of the most difficult games in history, very fighting and effective game (70 move semeai, etc.), it was demonstrated on huge boardsin Tokyo gardens, and cotributed to popularization of go.

1929: Kitani Minoru x Go Seigen
W+3; Go Seigen plays mirror go to move 65, Kitani plays surprising tesuji 114

1933: Go Seigen x Kosugi Tei
W+R; famous “16 soldiers” in style of new fuseki, Go absolutely crashed his opponent using his influence and attacking all groups

a mathematical approach with video animation and kifu (SGF) here.

1934: Honinbo Shusai (Meijin) x Go Seigen
W+2; “the game of a century”, Go plays new fuseki; diagonal sansan, tengen, hoshi; Meijin turned the game around with tesuji 160

1938: Honinbo Shusai (Meijin) x Kitani Minoru
B+5; the last game of Shusai, interesting because Jasunari Kawabate wrote a novel “Meijin” full of excitement about passing away of an old master

1939: Go Seigen x Kitani Minoru
W+2; first game from the most famous match of a new era (Kamamura jubango) between authors of new fuseki; Kitani started bleeding at move 128

see video lecture by Michael Redmond (9Pdan) in Sept 2014
of 1st game from Kamakura Jubango (1939-1941)

1945: Hashimoto Utaro x Iwamoto Kaoru (known as the Atomic Bomb Game)
W+5; the game was played near Hiroshima, when the atom bomb exploded (it was between moves 126 and 127), the position was destroyed but players assembled it again and continued playing

1948: Go Seigen x Iwamoto Kaoru
W+1(2); after the game there was an argue whether black has to fill in a ko when he has more threats

Large avalanche

Large avalanche Joseki (Source: SL)

1951: Go Seigen x Fujisawa Hosai
W+R; first match of two 9 dans in history

1957: Go Seigen x Kitani Minoru
W+R; encounter of two eternal rivals after 13 years brought excellent fight, often quoted game

1957a: Takagawa Kaku x Go Seigen 1)
B+R; Go Seigen played the big avalanche (joseki)

1959: Go Seigen x Takagawa Kaku (Honinbo Shukaku)
B+0.5; a ko dispute, white had more threats but had to connect anyway

1) … next days I will post a Kifu of this game we will see that white (Takagawa) played SanRenSei as answer to Go Seigen’s “Big (large) Avalance” (joseki).

A new News directory for all GO bloggers (and Go lovers) with >174 million users…

We Go lovers and folks from medias mostly think in categories of communication. A word of wizzard in the 90th had been content syndication (or content exchange). The question behind is how to link different and interesting content ? 

Wouldn’t it be interesting as Go player and student if you can find in one place all interesting content of Go blogs (audio / video / text) ? – And get from there a lively discussion about GO ? – Some adresses you might already know, e.g. …

Indeed, there exist some “closed communities” about GO, e.g. the wonderful Go Forum known as lifein19x19 (with 3,713 members for now). No doubt, such places are excellent to get access to interesting content and find answers about Go questions…. as a “closed system”.

What about a more open news platform which can be read and commented from everybody, more easily and quickly ? – And herewith get orientation about interesting Go content by a simply voting system. 🙂

220px-Reddit_logo.svgReddit is a news based platform (for links and comments) which was founded in June 2005 with now more than 174 million users ( source wikipedia.org). Users have access cost free. This web site is ranked on place No. 35 in the world (Source: Alexa.com).

Reddit for now has a variety of News channel (so called subreddits), e.g. for Go under the name baduk (Korean term) with a total of 5,552 readers. – But this commity of Go players is restricted too heavily and does not give an adequate frame for Go bloggers as too often their posts are seen by users and admins as spamming – with the lack of a real understanding about copyright issues (see latest domain blacklisting on 8th Dec 2014 with the announcment for using AutoMod function).

So here we are… today we open the new subreddit MyGoBlog non-commercially and  specificly for Go bloggers around the globe, without any heavy restrictions as our philosophy is “sharing” and not keeping, driven by our love and passion for Go (Weiqi/Baduk/Igo).

Give it a try as reader or blogger… 🙂 and let know other GO bloggers (audio/video/text) around the globe about this News platform ! 🙂 – Tks for your interests… and have fun with GO.


P.S.: Herewith its not our intention to promote illegal content. But it’s in the hands of each blogger himself/herself (as idinvidual) or as group (publisher/editor) to follow the relevant copyright issues which can differ from country-to-country and for different kind of media formats. We just use reddit as technology / IT platform to link different sources of content to have a more easy access, sharing and voting. Nothing more.

video lecture by Michael Redmond (9P Dan): Kitani Minoru vs. Go Seigen (Kamakura Jubango, 1939-1941)

The legendary player Go Seigen (born 12th July 1914) demised on 30th November 2014… best we can take from Seigen’s period of nearby hundred years to learn and study his games and keep the spirit of Go Seigen alive.

BadukMovies: Student of GO SEIGEN (Episode #164 – 22 Sept 2014)

Michael Redmond (9P Dan)

Michael Redmond (9P Dan)

Here a special lecture (level: 5k to 5d) at the Nihon Ki-in summer go camp with Michael Redmond about Go Seigen’s speed oriented opening with the chance to move quickly to the sides and
targeting at a well-balanced playing overall positions.

The annually event targets at to let Non-Japanese Go players (suitable for from 10 kyu up to high dan players) get stronger, feel and learn the Japanese culture of Go through fantastic programs provided by the Japan Go Association Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo). In autumn 2014 was commemorated the 90th anniversary of the foundation. It took place at The Nihon Ki-in from 26th August till September 4th 2014.

Michael Redmond (9P Dan, born: 1963) had begun with Go at the age of 11… and with 14 he became Insei at the Nihon Ki-in. As professional Dan he started at the age of 18 (1985: 5Dan… 2000: 9Dan).  He published in 2011 the Go book “Patterns of the SanRenSei“. (Source: Wikipedia / Sensei’s Library).

"Summer Go School 2014"... at the historical place of Kamakura Juban Go (1st game) Go Seigen vs Kitani Minoru (Source:  9th Sept 2014 / Facebook - The Nihon Ki-in Foundation)

“Summer Go School 2014″… at the historical place of Kamakura Juban Go (1st game) Go Seigen vs Kitani Minoru (Source: 9th Sept 2014 / Facebook – The Nihon Ki-in Foundation)

In the following lecture Michael Redmond goes over the first game of the Kamakura Jubango (ten-game match from 1939-1941 in Japan). The game was played on 28th Sept 1939 and took place in the Buddhist temple Kenchō-ji. (Source: Wikipedia / Sensei’s Library)

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Kitani Minoru (1909-1975)       Go Seigen (1914-2014)


Kitani Minoru (8P) plays with black against Go Seigen (7P) …. result: w+2


The video of BadukMovies’ Episode #164 (22 Sept 2014) cannot be integrated into the blog; best you download the mp4 file (315.8 MB) from here as the player isnt starting it on BadukMovie’s website.


You can review the game by your own as SGF Kifu here:
Eidogo: http://eidogo.com/#4zRKu1
OGS: http://www.online-go.com/game/1200804

(Original Source: Charles G. Robins Collection (2001-2010) – Kamakura Ten Game Match No. 1 @ Gokifu)


As Roy Laird reported on 28th August 2010 in the American Go E-Journal Kamakura is the book written by GoGoD co-author John Fairbairn covering Seigen’s first matchup during World War II. It was published in spring 2010 by Slate and Shell.
Fairbairn herewith draws on a host of sources, most not available in English, to both thoroughly analyze the games and also describe the historical and cultural dimensions of the event.
The games are presented using many diagrams, each with only a few new moves, so that the games can be followed and understood without setting up a board. This large format study provides an unusual depth of insight into some famous and important games. (free PDF samle here)

Tks to BadukMovies (Peter B. and Kim O.) and Michael Redmond  !


BadukMovies started out in March 2012. The episodes are created by Peter Brouwer 6D, Kim Ouweleen 4D, Cho Hye Yeon 9p, Kim Sung-rae 8p, Yoon Youngsun 8p, Alexandre Dinerchtein 3p, Baek Jihee 2p and Gansheng Shi 1p.

BadukMovies is heavily inspired by RailsCasts, a screencast show with weekly screencasts about web development with ruby and rails. Instead of web development BadukMovies covers a wide variety of topics on go. It aims at publishing at least one new episode each week and planting igo trees all over the world.

(Source: 09/2014 – Badukmovies.com)

report: 2 test games on new web based LANKE GO Server (LKGS) from China

As Non-Asian with European background I did my first two test games on 6th + 7th December against a 4kyu (LKGS) after I discovered the new address this week on Facebook.

1st test game I lost as white (b+21.5)
my late attack on black’s bottom right corner failed…

2nd test game I won (b+resign)…
white’s top left corner didnt survive and the centre oriented style worked

Mostly I felt comfortable during the playing… the board design, the sound clicking, the chat window… the timer… inclusive the counting, all works fine. Luckily I had some help from Eng speaking moderator/developer to get some orientation with the “chinese voice announcments” and “chinese buttons” 🙂

LKGS is a young GO server and if the Go community around the globe has the patiency to wait till some essentials are programmed further on by the smal team (3 developers), e.g. reviews and a fully English translation of the menus, then LKGS might have a future.

Java free and browser based GO servers are something many are waiting for so I see it. They have a future, e.g. seeing the problems with KGS registration because of Java security issues. The concurrence OGS is an American Go server (the both developers/owners are US guys) which has some specific issues in positive and negative, as all online Go servers have (so experienced on my own on KGS, Tygem and Wbaduk).

Another aspect is the server stability… I had different disconnections during the 1st and more during 2nd game as I have known it from OGS (online-go.com), too. Maybe it is helpfully that this server with *.cc domain is mirrored continental, e.g. Europe + America to have lower latency.

Lets see how Asian/Chinese brain power can bring this new project forward… 🙂

(GO) TED Talk: A New Equation For Intelligence (speaker: Dr. Alex Wissner-Gross / Institute for Applied Computer of Harvard University)

Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. The video has been clicked nearby 1.6 million times (and was filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet).



AWG-Headshot-2013-09-23 Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is an award-winning scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He serves as an Institute Fellow at the Harvard University Institute for Applied Computational Science and as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory. He has received 114 major distinctions (see following CV), authored 15 publications, been granted 22 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, managed, and advised 4 technology companies, 1 of which has been acquired. In 1998 and 1999, respectively, he won the U.S.A. Computer Olympiad and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelors in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, while graduating first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard, where his research on programmable matter, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning was awarded the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize. A popular TED speaker, his talks have been viewed more than 1.65 million times and translated into 26 languages. His work has also been featured in more than 150 press outlets worldwide including The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek. (Source: Official AWG Website)

Go Spotting: Go TED Talk (Nov 26, 2014 /American Go E-Journal)

american-go-associatin-aga-logoIn his 2013 “A New Equation For Intelligence” TED Talk, Alex Wissner-Gross uses go to demonstrate his thesis that there is a single equation for intelligence. Drawing on the fact that computer game playing has improved to the point that in 1997 the computer beat the world chess champion and in the last decade computers have made significant progress in playing go, Wissner-Gross postulates that intelligence is a “physical force that resists future confinement.”

TED Talk: A New Equation For Intelligence (speaker: Dr. Alex Wissner-Gross)

Full CV of Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross (PDF preview)

Some more articles / speeches from here… (Source: http://www.alexwg.org/press )

Is there a formula for intelligence?
December 1, 2014
Northrop honors suppliers
GovCon Executive
November 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman unit honors suppliers
November 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman recognizes top suppliers for their outstanding contributions at 2014 Supplier Excellence Awards
CNN Money / PR Newswire
November 10, 2014
Philanthropic leadership
The Hertz Foundation Newsletter
November 6, 2014
Open doors
Journal of the Railway (Brazil)
October 31, 2014
Exchanging mystics for food
DIS Magazine
October 30, 2014
US patent issued on Oct. 14 for “environmental footprint monitor for computer networks”
US Fed News Service, Including US State News
October 14, 2014
Intelligence is to keep doors open
Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil)
October 14, 2014
10 signs you should invest in artificial intelligence
33rd Square
October 10, 2014
To what degree is being educated mistaken with being intelligent in our society?
Brandman University’s Official Blog
October 2, 2014
AI will change our lives
In The Positive (Spain)
August 20, 2014
What is intelligence?
Science (Finland)
August 15, 2014
The 15 best TED talks on artificial intelligence
The Daily (Spain)
August 6, 2014
(TED) An equation for intelligence: so explains Alex Wissner-Gross
Smartweek (Italy)
August 2, 2014

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Was Go Seigen (1914-2014) a player for territory or following the concept of influence ?

How to learn GO ? – Actually we beginners mainly are focussing on Go techniques, e.g. shapes, playing thickness, avoiding overconcentration, learning sequences of moves (tesujis, josekis, fusekis) to get sente and avoid gote etc. … For becoming a successfully player “reading” (Yomi) and “counting” (for estimating the score and calculating the local count) are essentially skills. – Most players of 21st century in tendency can be seen as followers of the concept of territory; very few prefer the complexe and risky style with playing for influence (e.g. using SanRenSei fuseki and Cosmic style).

Do territory players miss a specific skill to understand stonex by their power of influence ? Following visualisation (video) of Go Seigen’s game might be helpfully to get a different understanding about GO.

The famous Sixteen Soldiers Game: Go Seigen (1914-2014) vs. Kosugi Tei (1898-1976) 

This game was played on 1933-10-10 in the Oteai, between Kosugi Tei (4PD/black) and Go Seigen (5PD/white). White won by resignation (Source: Sensei’s Library).

ScreenshotGo-Seigen-Influence  Screenshot-influence-math-1

You can take an individual review (SGF kifu) here:
EidoGo… http://eidogo.com/#uASxf6cC
OGS… http://online-go.com/game/1184401

(original source @ GoKifu.com:  http://bit.ly/1q07FOT )

Following video (move 1-60) was published in 2009 on Youtube and is a demonstration of a piece of code that was written by TnfTheWise to visualize the concept of influence in the game of GO. It’s a simple linear driven metric exponential distribution influence function, so TnfTheWise himself.

Dwyrin.TV (3rd Dec 2014): Batt’s lecture and tribute to GO SEIGEN (1914-2014)

Batt’s lecture with two games of GO SEIGEN (1914-2014)

The Go community is mourning worldwide since last Sunday (30th Nov) as we lost one of the biggest legends of 20th century, Go Seigen (12th June 1914-30th Nov 2014).

What can we learn in 21st century for a modern Go play from his games (e.g. he played in Nov 1938 and 1953 in following)… and is Go Seigen’s understanding about GO helpfully for amateurs and beginners ?- Lets take a look at what we get from a Go professional who already retired in 1964 at the age of 50 from playing in Go tournaments. 

Battousai (aka Dwyrin / 5Dan AGA) did a live streaming on 3rd December 2014 with tribute to legend Go Seigen on his new webtv channel Dwyrin.TV… with a review of two games Go Seigen played as white and black in 1938 (as 6PD) aind in 1953 (as 9PD). – As Batt mentioned it’s the first seriously studies for himself of two GO Seigen games.

1.  19 Nov 1953: Go Seigen (9P / black) vs. Sakata Eio (8p / white)… b+res.*

gos vs. sakata
(image source: www.goeverywhere.asia)

Sakata Eio (1920-2010) was called by Go Seigen the Inventor of Myoshu and nicknamed as ‘razor-sharp Sakata’ due to his fierce and brilliant moves during complex fights. (Source: Sensei’s Library)

You can take an individual review (SGF kifu) here:
OGS… http://online-go.com/game/1181502
EidoGo… http://eidogo.com/#2Ns5BzkRF

(original source @ GoKifu.com:  http://bit.ly/1yj8QvJ )

2.  2nd Nov 1938: Onoda Chiyotaro (6P / black) vs. Go Seigen (6P / white)… w+res.**

Onoda Chiyotaro (1896-1944) was a Nihon Ki-in professional Go player who reached 7-dan in 1939. Earlier Onoda was with Hoensha, and also at Igo Doshikai. He joined Hiseikai and participated in the Chuo Ki-in. Onoda was with Kiseisha, but returned to the Nihon Ki-in in 1928. He played a jubango with Kogishi Soji (beaten down). He published Kiin Shinpo for a while. (Source: Sensei’s Library)

You can take an individual review (SGF kifu) here:
OGS… http://online-go.com/game/1181617
EidoGo… http://eidogo.com/#3qbUWabjr

(original source @ GoKifu.com: http://bit.ly/1rZFpHX  )

*) game 1 starts in the video at 03:20 min.
**) game 2 starts in the video at 50:10 min.

The fully video of Batt’s lecture “Go Seigen (1914-2014)”…

Many tks to Batt ! 🙂

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