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beautifully promo video: Go is like water in the flow… and keeping in harmony.

If we look at Go from different perspectives, it can be more than a board game. Go can connect us with different cultures, history of ancient times (like the Eido period), spirituality and philosophy.

Watching a Go game and highly profiles players it teaches us to learn about balance, self control, continuouity and harmony. A good fuseki (opening) in a Go game is like the water flow of a creek, steadily moving forward… being connected and keeping flexible.

Since centuriees Go has inspired artists of different genres, e.g. painters, poets, sculptors and nowadays film makers and cartoonists… as we can see in following promo clip. The video is an excellent expression about what GO can be.

The production (by 6puck) of this beautifully promo video is casting Japanese Mannami Nao (born: 10th Sept 1988), a professional 3 Dan player and member of The Nihon-ki In. Nao was trained by 9P Dan Oeda Yusuki (1935-2010). She has a five year elder sister. Mannami  Kana is professional Go player, too (4 p Dan of The Nihon-ki In).

Mannami Nao in real Go life of 21st century…

Mannami Nao against her 5 years elder sister Mannami Kana in 2011

(Source: Waltheri’s Go database)




videos tutorials (5 clips): Teaching of kidds by Nie Weiping (Chinese, 9 Dan)

9 Dan Nie Weiping...

9 Dan Nie Weiping…

Nie Weiping 聂卫平 (born 17 Aug 1952) 9-dan was for many years the strongest Go player in China. Chang Hao and Gu Li have been his pupil. A translation of Nie’s book Nie Weiping on Go is published by Yutopian (Source: 30th Jan 2014 | Sensei’s Library).

I found following videos documenting Weiping’s teachings of Chinese kidds. I fell over the videos on his own Blog site. Unluckily the page is no more updated since 19th March 2013.

Nie Weiping was one of the consultants who contributed contents to the magazine ShaoErWeiqi (少儿围棋). It was a monthly WeiQi magazine in Chinese language aimed at children. Since August 2010 it has been merged with another magazine formerly known as Weiqi shao nian (围棋少年 = Young Go Master). – Source: 23rd May 2012 | Sensei’s Library.

I like the pedagogic way of Weiping documented in the videos the pupils play both, black and white… in my understanding it helps to get a more clear perspective of the whole game and for the opponent’s situation, too. I never experienced this way of teaching by Western players/teachers inspite I liked it to lay longer sequences for white and black to get a better understanding for the consequences of each move. – Mostly I received negatively critics about like: “you can’t forsee so many moves as the opponent will play something different”. We see by following videos that the Chinese way of teaching is differently. – Amazing to notice these very young kidds playing long sequences excellently (that’s how I see it as beginner / kyu ranked player).

Nie Weiping only interferes from continuouing for showing the consequences, weaknesses or alternatives. – Enjoy it !

1st video (date: 2013-01-12 16:24)
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2nd video (date: 2013-01-09 17:59)
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3rd video (date:  2013-01-08 16:40)
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4th video (date: 2012-12-14 16:31)
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5th video (date: 2012-12-12 22:35)
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Go pedagogy in South Kora (video): RELAY BADUK – 릴레이 바둑 ㅋ (Girls vs. Boys Team)

Tkts (again) to 김한비 (Daejeon/South Korea) for another wonderful short video about how kidds are being educated in Go (Baduk) in South Kora. – In my understanding “Relay Baduk” is teaching a lot more than only about GO itself… within an environment of “friendly competition” (here ‘girls team’ vs. ‘boys team’).


Go pedagogy in South Korea: Relay Baduk

I have no doubts about that “Relay Baduk” can give kidds the skills as team players, and they learn to overtake responsability for their own decisions against their peer group (team), understand / read silently the doing of their Go partners (e.g. as we know in Rengo / Pair GO) and give support to each other (e.g. the stronger players help the weaker players).

I like in the video, that there is given “no time pressure” by the teacher. Every kidd takes the time it needs to think about next best move so it looks. – The discipline of the kidds is fantastic, no one is yealing around about a “bad move” of its class mate (as we probably might know it in Western schools). Everybody tries his / her best with fully concentration.

Critics & Feedback are welcome…

릴레이 바둑 ㅋ

2nd round of “Boys team vs. Ladies team”

어제 분에 못참아서온 남학생들 ㅋ
기어이 오늘 남여 성대결에서 이겨서
1 : 1이 되었습니다

The Boys team wins !

내일은 뭘로 결승을할까

Recording Date: 29th January 2015
Editor: 김한비 (Daejeon)
Length: 02:00 min.

Go Homework (video): How to memorize Baduk opening (fuseki)

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When the Go pupils replay the opening (fuseki),
they say the number of each move in Chinese and in ENG.

포석 외워오기 숙제를 중국어로 영어로 검사받는 아이들입니다

Tks to 김한비 (Daejeon, South Korea) for this short video giving an interesting perspective about Go teaching andd its cultural context.


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.


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.


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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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)

(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 ! 🙂

35th Berlin-Kranich Tournament (28th-30th Nov): LIVE broadcasting of the final game Berlin Championship (EuroGoTV)

Tks to hw9x9 / EuroGoTV (NL) and the Federal Go Association Berlin for live streaming on 28th Nov 2014…

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date: 28th Nov 2014 (06:00 pm CET) – final of the Berlin Championship 2014
venue: 35th Berlin-Kranich Tournament (28th-30th Nov)

final: David Seibt (b / 4Dan EGF) vs. Johannes Obenaus (w / 5D EGF)

(Rec.: David Seibt is a German go player. He was in 2008-2009 (19 years young / 1 Dan EGF) an insei at the Nihon-Kiin in Tokyo.)

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Congrats to the winner Johannes Obenaus as the new Berlin Go Champion 2014
The result: w+12.5 (with komi 6.5 points).


Johannes receives the challenge cup (picture) from David Seibt, who won it in 2013. Johannes can overtake the trophy again after winning it in 2011 and 2012. All results on the website here.


You can take an individual review of the kifu (SGF) on OGS or EidoGO:

– OGS: http://online-go.com/game/1155656
– EidoGo: http://eidogo.com/#2gZnRg9Dh

Badukmovies: Interview with Zeno van Ditzhuijzen (5D) about unconventional Fuseki…

Badukmovies Episode #129 (Published on May 20, 2014)

Zeno is back from studying weiqi in China. In this interview he tells us about his adventures and shows two things he learned over there.


Video lecture (BadukMovies): A Chinese Tesuji against Moyo (03/26/2012)

We SanRenSei players are aware about the risks, chances and fun playing for influence and starting a game with a 3-star point opening (San-RenSei fuseki). To be successfully we need to be aware of the strength and weaknesses such centre oriented / big moyo style has. 

Therefore its a good advice to take a closer look at how opponents like to prepare themselfs to fight against San-RenSei. – With following video lecture we get a good source to understand this thinking and how the middle stone (Q10) can come into troubles. Blacks original plan of creating a moyo can be destroyed completly if not being protected by time.


Tks to BadukMovies in the Netherlands for this video lecture. 

topic: A Chinese tesuji against moyo (Episode #2)
level: 5k to 6d
authors: Peter Brouwer (6D) and Kim Ouweeln (4D)
length: 10:40 min. (29.7 MB)

badukmovies_logo-7e9f8156704598d5ce82312c4b42b532(03-26-2012/BadukMovies.com) In this screencast, BadukMovies (which started in March 2012) shows an interesting “trick”-move that Kim O. learned when he was studying Go in China. It is suitable for combatting moyo positions like the San-RenSei, e.g. in moyo games when the opponent has two high stones, one positioned on a hoshi starpoint (4-4 corner stone on Q16) and the other on a centre starpoint nearby (B on Q10). A perfect example is the san-ren-sei fuseki formation which you will see in the video lecture.

There are some minor drawbacks to the trick play Peter and Kim show you in this episode. However, when used at the right moment and under the right circumstances, this move can be powerful and a refreshing addition to your joseki knowledge (as territory oriented player).

As we cannot embedd this video into our MySRS blog system, pls visit BadukMovie’s archive directly. If the player should not start (which happens different times) download from there the clip to watch it offline. [Rec.: The mp4 formatted file can be watched with freeware video players (e.g. VLC)].


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

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

Blitz in GO: centre oriented game.

… just had some chit-chat about blitz games in GO… personally I never have played yet any blitz game… as I prefer longer games (less 45-60 minutes). But it seems it can be really fun, and same becoming a real diseaster.

Here a real blitz game in real life with black’s centre oriented game (Tengen)…. very similar to SanRenSEi opening, instead with one corner stone as 3-4.

Watch the relevant move of white at 01:27 min. and its consequences in the centre. – Ask yourself before you keep watching: “Will black win this game ?

Have fun with GO ! 🙂 

08/13/2014: Game with large-scale framework strategy (Tygem)

This is a game being hosted on Youtube channel “LittleLamb Go“, a webcast (audio comments) on the Asian GO Server TYGEM.

The game is a demonstration of using a large-scale framework strategy (with San-RenSei opening (4 Star points) by black on right/bottom side).

In the game, both players have made several mistakes…

(P.S.: Tks to Françisa (8K/OGS) for the video link.)

San-Lian-Xing (SanRenSei Lecture on Weiki TV) + Transcription (ENG)

A Chinese lecture on Weiki TV about San-Lian-Xing (San-Ren-Sei)  featuring Zhao Shouxun (5P)…

The fully transcription and translation in ENG of Episode No. 1 is now available… many tks to xhu98 (2Dan/OGS) he was so kind to giving access to this Chinese lecture.

SRS WeiqiTV E1.sgf1 (13.0 KB) )

You can do an individual review or SGF download here: Eidogo | OGS


Go legends: Kobiayashi (Fuseki) vs. San-RenSei / Cosmic Style

Yesterday I had an interesting discussion with pathogenix (6K), a GO player on OGS about two 9P Dan pros, about Kobiayashi Koishi (born 1952) and Takemiya Masaki (born 1951). These two extra ordinary players battled against each other over more than 30 years on the Go board. – Let’s meet today the Kobayashi Fuseki and San-Ren-Sei Fuseki / Cosmic style of Takemiya. (Rec.: pathogenix himself loves to play Kobayashi Fuseki.)

The Kobayashi Fuseki (Kobayashi Formation) is the pattern for Black shown below. It is named after Kobayashi Koichi who used it steadily at one point in his career. This fuseki has been actively played for some 20 years now. It is similar to the *Small Chinese fuseki* in that Black sets up a specific formation between the white corner in the lower left and Black’s own open komoku stone in the lower right as part of a strategy for playing against a later white approach move there. It is an aggressive, fighting strategy. (Source: Sensei’s Library – http://senseis.xmp.net/?KobayashiFuseki ).

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You can do an individual review or SGF download here: Eidogo

Battousai did a webcast lecture about Kobayashi Fuseki

An interesting title match between Kobayashi (black)and Takemia (white) on 20th Sept 1995 (20th Japanese Meijin) – result: W+0.5

Here Takemia opens with D4 – D16 – R10 (see alternatives in “From Ni-RenSei (two star points) to San-RenSei“)
(Source: Go4Go.Net SGF Database)

P.S. pathogenix currently is in preperations of a bigger data collection and documentation about Kobayashi Fuseki. As soon the datas are available and being posted, I will let you know asap.

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