Posts Tagged ‘go world’

Beyond joseki – and Go World

Friday, April 20th, 2007
I wrote a new lesson: “Beyond joseki”. The reason was that I already found enough (as in 3) English Go literature references to professionals playing tenuki in the famous close-combat taisha joseki (which is famous for getting one into trouble even without playing tenuki…). The most recent source I found a taisha tenuki example in was Go World 43, which was published way back in 1986. I bought one copy of each older issue that Kiseido still had in stock about 1-2 years ago, but only very recently (couple of weeks ago) started to read them. What I do is read on the bus the articles and problems, and study the game commentaries at home, on a real goban. This is how I found the wonderful “Commentary on a Commentary” article with 3 young professionals that comment in 1985 on that year’s Meijin title game 2; then Takemiya sensei comes and comments on their comments. One of the 3 young professionals was Tei Meiko sensei, who was insei instructor when I was insei in Japan. And back to Go World: even with getting all available printed archive issues, I only used to have the issues from 40 to 108. I’ll soon have the whole collection, though, in PDF format, since I just ordered it online from customflix.com.

Go World Archive in digital format

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
I heard a while ago about Kiseido’s plan to digitize the Go World archive, but today it’s the first time I actually saw their website at kiseidodigital.com. They say that soon there will be 3 DVDs for sale containing the whole archive (which will cost $100, according to some other source). For now they sell individual items, in PDF format, for $2.50 each. Here is a sample issue they offer. Go World magazine is awesome, I learned a lot from it over time, mainly from the game commentaries, but also from the many articles on Go theory. I enjoyed a lot “The Great Joseki Debate” series (which was later published as a book) and the 2 series article “The Magnificent Obsession: Sakata Eio and Go”, among many, many others… Here is the index of this wonderful Go magazine. Also, gobase.org has a searchable index. I bought from Kiseido all the back printed items I could find about one year ago, but since I’m still missing a lot of issues I think I’ll also buy the DVDs when they come out.