Posts Tagged ‘cho seokbin’

Interview with Cho Seokbin

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
I already wrote an entry about Cho Seokbin’s visit to US. Now I published an interview with Seokbin. (You can read a brief report from Seokbin’s visit to Tacoma on the AGA webpage.)

“Do you think this exchange is good for you?”

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I wrote a new article/lesson titled “Do you think this exchange is good for you?”

It is based on the commentary that Cho Seokbin (ex-insei in Korea, now living in Germany; he is currently on a Go tour in the US) made for the decisive game in the Cherry Blossom Seattle Go Tournament

The title – “Do you think this exchange is good for you?” – seems to be one of Seokbin’s favorite questions during game commentaries.

This is a great question to ask before every move we want to play: just consider what is the opponent’s most logical response to our intended move, and ask ourselves: “Is this exchange good for me?”. This may bring a new perspective on the way we play.

Cherry Blossom Tournament – and Cho Seokbin

Monday, April 23rd, 2007
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”).