Cherry Blossom Tournament – and Cho Seokbin

I played yesterday in the Seattle Cherry Blossom Tournament – which was held at the Seattle Center, together with the Cherry Blossom Festival,the annual Japanese event here in Seattle. I managed to win the tournament with 3-0 (normally there are 4 rounds, but the 3rd one ran late and it wasn’t time for the 4th one for some players) after a lucky win against Steve Stringfellow (6 dan AGA). The highlight of the day though was the visit by Cho Seokbin (also spelled Cho Seok Bin in some other sources) – the famous ex-insei from Korea (just to avoid confusion: many insei from Korea are as strong as professional players) who is now living in Europe (Germany) and winning a lot of tournaments there. Seokbin is on a Go tour in the US – he is in Seattle for the next week or so, and will visit Tacoma and Portland next. He is not only a very strong player, but also a great Go teacher: he commented my final game with Steve, and today he gave a very nice lecture on joseki – I’ll post both the game commentary and some highlights form the lecture on my website in the next few days. Just in case you are in the Seattle area (or nearby): Cho Seokbin will present another lecture on Tuesday, April 24th at the Seattle Go Center (from 7 pm), and will play simultaneous games on Wednesday, April 25th, also at the Seattle Go Center, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Also, if you are interested in one-on-one lessons with Cho Seokbin while he is in the US, please send an email to Jon Boley (”jon at”).

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5 Responses to “Cherry Blossom Tournament – and Cho Seokbin”

  1. Titi says:

    Congrats for your victory :)

  2. NannyOgg says:

    Gratz on winning the tourney! Well done!
    Looking forward to seeing your game and reading the commentary.


  3. VincentV says:

    Congats :)

    Cho Seok Bin is not only a strong Go player and a good teacher, but also a passionate videogamer :)

  4. Mef says:

    Congratulations on winning the tourney!

  5. Sorin says:

    Thank you all for your congratulations – but it was a pretty small tournament, and even so I was just lucky to win in the final game…
    So I don’t really have reasons to be too happy, I should really study more for the next tournament :-)