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  • Strangers in a Strange Land

    The most traumatic national event during my youth was the Vietnam War. Approximately 60,000 Americans lost their lives at that time, a sad fact that is movingly commemorated by the memorial in Washington, D.C. (A film that comes as close to recreating all of the circumstances surrounding that war and culminating in a visit to […]

  • The Unique Talent of Killer Kato

    Sakata and Kato discuss the game. Behind Kato is Abe Yoshiteru. One of the professional go players who sparked the admiration of amateurs everywhere was Kato Masao (November 22, 1947~July 3, 2000). He was so admired because as a youngster in the Kitani Minoru Dojo he got the reputation for being able to kill large […]

  • Effective Go Promotion

    When I first learned how to play go, the game was virtually unknown in the United States. There were few go clubs, and only a handful of books had been published about go in English. We have come a long way since then. It might be interesting to take a glance back at the major […]

  • One of the Great Unknown Players in the History of Go

    Of course the title here is an exaggeration. Cho Hunhyun is an important figure in the history of the game, and there are many players, all around the world, who are familiar with his career. I myself translated and published a book about him, Cho Hunhyun: Life and Master Games. I gave him a copy […]

  • A Different Perspective on the Opening

    漠々水田白鷺飛    横尾深林人 Baku-bakutaru Suiden Shirasagi Tobu A Vast Rice Paddy, White Herons Fly Artist: Yokoo Shinrinjin Cover of Kido, October 1972 I suppose that there are few go players in the West who are familiar with the name of Maeda Nobuaki. This is a shame, because he was an important figure in the history of […]

  • Korea

    As I have written many times, I am uninterested in politics. However, today there are things happening in regards to Korea that involve political matters that are very complicated. I fear that the politicians who have to deal with these things do not have the understanding of the culture and history of Korea to handle […]

  • The Contemporary Game of Go

    早乙女や朝澄む小田の水かゝみ 蕪村 Saotome ya sumu oda no mizu kagami Buson Rice planting girl! The mirror of the water of the clear rice paddy Artist: 深林人 Shinrinjin Kido, July 1974 Yosa Buson (与謝蕪村 1719-1783) appeared on the cultural scene (as both a poet and artist) after the great Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉 1644-1694) had passed away and […]

  • Illegal and Unethical Play

    Oni (Devil) These days I am dismayed to find more and more violations of the social contract in all aspects of life. But it is particularly disturbing when this is encountered when playing go, a game noted for adherence to polite dealings with opponents. This past weekend an opponent played a particularly despicable trick on […]

  • “Threadbare Political Philosophy”

    Members of the South Bay Ki-in at the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247; Tel. (310) 327-5757 I had an emotionally shattering experience this past weekend. A dear old friend, with whom I have shared many memorable times, traveled together with all over the world, shared time with family and […]

  • How to Get Strong at Go: A Personal Approach

    There is a player in my Japanese go club, the South Bay Ki-in, located in the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247; (310) 327-5757, who has been trying to graduate from the kyu ranks to shodan for several years. He has done everything that he can think of. He goes […]

Books

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Go on the Go Collection: Volume I

Three booklets have been assembled into the collection here.

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Go For Everyone

Go For Everyone

A New Method for Learning to Play the Game of Go

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Journey to the West

This is a semi-autobiographical novel that depicts a unique American success story; a rags to riches tale of a man escaping his humble origins to make millions of dollars, but then he throws it all away due to the ancient character flaw of hubris.

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