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33rd issue
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1. An interview with Igor Grishin, the director of the "Goama" magazine: "Yi from Go Master" (third part)
2. Book review "Vital points and skillful finesse for sabaki" by Yoda Norimoto, 9-dan
3. Commented game from the Chinese City League A (sgf, at the attachment)
4. New photos from Korea
5. The most exciting game of the week

Dear friends!
We are glad to present you the 33rd issue of the "Goama" newsletter, including:
1. An interview with Igor Grishin, the director of the "Goama" magazine: "Yi from Go Master" (third part)
2. Book review "Vital points and skillful finesse for sabaki" by Yoda Norimoto, 9-dan
3. Commented game from the Chinese City League A (sgf, at the attachment)
4. New photos from Korea
5. The most exciting game of the week


An interview with Igor Grishin, "Yi from Go Master"

As far as I’m concerned a book by Miura Yasuyuki, "Go, an Asian Paradigm for Business Strategy" was published under your direction (Sophia Publisher). How many books have been sold and do you feel any results of this project?

The book by Miura "Go, an Asian Paradigm for Business Strategy" is a peculiar book. This is a book which not only explains the table-game Go but tells about the place of this game in historical and economical area and culture of two civilizations – Western and Eastern ones.
While working on the edition during a year, we came to a certain decisions that channeled our conception correctly. The first question we asked ourselves then was: for whom should this book be published? For laymen or for elite readers? The answer wasn't in favor of laymen. So, the book was published in an edition of 2500 copies. That is why it is an expensive edition and that is why it is made unusually. And it is very pleasant that nearly the whole edition in Russia has already been sold. We really feel the results. We have managed to increase the number of people who treat Go not only as a table game. This book helped us strengthen such attitude towards Go in modern Russian society. For those who haven't read this book (by the way, I advise to purchase it before the whole edition is sold) I would say that the author describes Go very existentially. Miura Yasuyuki is a person with a great life experience. He is a person who messages to his readers deep evaluation of everything around. We read the book chapters that despite diagrams and technical descriptions do not move you to a Go board only, do not turn you into a Go stone. With the author we sail the Pacific Ocean during the war, take part in building of luxurious Japanese hotels in the USA, in investment. Together with Miura Yasuyuki we spent time in tea-houses. Playing Go we get in touch with the world fate. We enjoy the Master's dignity, his internal calm. This book moves us at a very interesting level, the level of a person whom something really depends on; at the level of a person who lives in the stream of the world history; who is able to do or not to do; at the level of a person who knows act and absence of act. Such person can think, compare, rise above people's fuss, above the fuss of business, above the fuss of stones and a board.
In short words, the project of "Go, an Asian Paradigm for Business Strategy" edition has succeeded and I can see the results.

Not so long ago you edited a book on Go for laymen ("To Think and to Win: Go for the Beginners" Olymp edition, 2006) and series of education materials. Are you going to have them translated into other languages?

No, I don't think that it is necessary, though one of them has been translated into English by Saratov branch of Federation of Go. We don't set a task of translating of this very series as for us it is transitional the real books, that the Russian School of Strategy will be ready to offer to laymen and elite readers, Eastern and Western readers, are not written yet.

To be continued


Book review "Vital points and skillful finesse for sabaki" by Yoda Norimoto, 9-dan

This book was translated from Japanese under the permission of Nihon Kiin (Japanese Go Association)
Publisher: Hinoki press, October 2006, 233 pages, soft cover

The book is suitable for players from 10 kyu to 5-dan, ideal for 5-kyu - 1-dan players.
There are 78 sabaki problems inside. We can solve them using the hints (A, B, C) and read the explanations by Yoda, 9-dan.
All problems are from real games, played mainly by amateurs. Some positions are extravagant, but most of them are classic and are worth remembering.

Strong points:
1. Useful topic (It's hard to find any Go books in English, covering it)
2. Small amount of Japanese Go terms
3. Detail explanations on 3-10 diagrams

Weak points:
1. Cover design is too simple, there are only small photo of the author included
2. I found some misprints and missing stones on diagrams
3. I prefer to know who is playing, but they skipped all masters names (maybe it was the fault of the author - Yoda, 9-dan)
4. Few problems are exactly from joseki dictionary. I will not call them "sabaki"

Few words from the foreword by Yoda Norimoto:
My father is an amateur 5-dan player. Among amateurs, that is rather strong, I imagine. I talked to him and said, "For my next book, I plan to
write about sabaki. That will be interesting, won't it?"
"Young man", he said in an authoritarian tone, "a book in sabaki would be too difficult for amateurs".

"No, Dad, you're wrong. I imagine that you're thinking about attacking and cutting, dazzling skillful finesse like that, but
what amateurs really need to understand is how to think about skillful finesse before they are put into action to make sabaki. That is, what
I think is important is being able to discern the power of relationships across the board. It is vital to know how to compare one's own positions to opponent’s and understand which is stronger, that is what a player's training should be directed at. I want to put the emphasis there".

The book will be distributed by Slate & Shell, Shaak en go winkle het Paard, Payday Games, and Yutopian.


New photos from Korea

Nongsim cup
Know-how. Korean sauna for Go-lovers


The most exciting game of the week

8th Chinese City League A, round 18
2006-11-25: Wu Xinyu 6p (Black) vs. Zhao Zhelun 3p (White) B+3.5
Very unusual joseki pattern

8th Chinese City League A, round 18
2006-11-25: Zhu Yuanhao 3p (Black) vs. Huang Yizhong 6p (White) B+R
Unusual opening and beatiful tesuji Black 171, winning the capturing race

8th Chinese City League A, round 18
2006-11-25: Shao Weigang 9p (Black) vs. Fu Chong 4p (White) W+R
Whole-board capturing race, won by Fu Chong

8th Chinese City League A, round 18
2006-11-25: Wang Yao 6p (Black) vs. Xie He 6p (White) W+R
New joseki(?) Black 19-Black 29

8th Chinese City League A, round 19
2006-11-30: Peng Quan 7p (Black) vs. Wang Youxia 3p (White) B+3.5
White 52 - this shape is worth learning!

7th Chinese Ricoh Cup, round 1
2006-12-02: Wang Yuhui 7p (Black) vs. Yin Hang 3p (White) W+R
White's 2nd line attachment 26 is so extravagant

1st Dali Cup Female Tournament, semi-final
2006-11-29: Park Shiun 6p (Black) vs. Rui Naiwei 9p (White) B+R
Large capturing race


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