Changes to Go Game Guru in 2015

Over the last four years Go Game Guru has evolved a lot.

Kuro the ninja is also hard at work.

Kuro the ninja is also hard at work.

When we started, it was just Younggil and I moonlighting on a hobby project.

Then Jing joined us to help with Go news. And later we met Josh, who created Glift, and he started working with us too.

Also, we have ninjas, and a cat!

With the encouragement and support of many readers and customers, we’ve gradually started doing more and more different things.

We now ship Go equipment locally in six different countries and offer a Go TV service, for example. Someone has to manage all that.

Cutting back on editing

From the very beginning, I’ve edited nearly all the content that’s been published on this website, to maintain a consistent style and level of quality.

However, anyone who’s followed Go Game Guru for a long time would have noticed that updates became less regular throughout 2014. The problem is that we’ve been trying to do too much.

For several years Younggil and I have worked together on game commentaries, with Younggil doing the bulk of the analysis and me pointing out things that required more explanation and helping with the English.

But Younggil’s English has improved a lot since we started and he’s also developed a better feeling for what the average Go player would want to know, thanks to readers who ask questions.

Younggil and Jing take over the blog

So from today, Younggil will be publishing his own articles without any help from me – the first of which will be published shortly. Jing will also start publishing her news articles without me proofreading them.

This will mean that articles get published more quickly and more often again – like it used to be. It will also mean that I have more time to keep everything running properly behind the scenes, look after customers and have more freedom to post occasional articles or videos on a wider variety of topics.

In the short term, we’re going to put the weekly Go problems on hold. They’ll restart again when Younggil’s ready to take over, but he’s going to focus on getting the commentaries right first.

Please be patient during this change

There might be some bumps along the way, but in the long term this will mean that we can do more. Please be patient and understanding while this change takes place and if you notice any problems, please let us know and we’ll still fix them.

Also, please keep in mind that none of us can work on the website full time for now and that we’re doing our best.



About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. Guys, you are doing great job, and it acknowledged by many Go fans, from different countries. Critics sometimes maybe too harsh, but thats mostly because they are too partial.

    Anyway I hope you will keep positive outlook for any type of feedback.

    Best regards

  2. Keep up the good work!
    The CGA website will be updated soon with an affiliate link to you guys!
    Look forward to the weekly Go problems again.

  3. Congratulations! You have grown up a lot in a few years. And I am with you always.

  4. You guys do great work, your blog is always very fun to read, and you have been very friendly and personable to your followers. Keep up the good work in 2015!

  5. As a regular follower of your go-site, I was quite disappointed to see a downward slope of updates during the last months. I raise this rude comment as your articles range definitively at the high-end of what you can find on internet, in particular for technical matters (detailed commentaries are awesome) and quality of drafting. Tsumego column is good as well, should be mandatory for every serious website.
    My first feeling is that you are moving into the right direction, with better work-sharing.
    I myself fast replay professional games that are available on a daily basis, just to keep me on touch with go scene and for fun. By the way it tried a few times to point out funny/remarkable games or moves I can find in such games to other friend players, not to comment but to share and try to enjoy. For instance the outer space connection played during RICOh cup btw Xie-erhao and Zhou ruyang looks to me a valuable material to display and comment. It might be an idea to explore, sometines share smaller but high value articles on a more limited scale. Take a few seconds to read, hours to draft, I know 
    Thanks for the work you are performing at gogameguru !

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks jy for your opinion and the feedback.

      Yes, we’re going to write some more news about big events this year. In that case, I would appreciate if you can send us a tip, and we won’t miss out some domestic events like Ricoh Cup you mentioned. You can contact us to let us know any interesting news below.


  6. Devin Flake says:

    Glad to hear you guys are refocusing your efforts 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  7. Chuck Bell says:

    Well I love your web site and y’all have done excellent work. Thank you sincerely!

  8. You’re doing a very good job!
    Thank you!

  9. The fact alone that you’re talking about “the last four years” is a success. Congratulations on making yourself a viable business while providing one of the best Go websites in the world.

    I guess if we continue to give positive feedback about awkward vocabulary or a missing piece of analysis, all will be well. It’s not like with other blogs where guest writers are unable to carry the soul of the original writer. It has always been a collaborative effort.

    Still, you’ll be missed!

  10. Go Game Guru is one of two websites that inspired me to learn the game of Go three years ago. I have been along for the ride with you since. I admit that I am a bit disappointed that I won’t be getting my weekly Go problems for a bit (I always look forward to the email), but overall this sounds like an excellent direction for the website.
    Also, it is extremely impressive what you all have built here, especially considering that none of you are full-time.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your note. I’ll learn how to manage the weekly Go problems without any trouble and you’ll soon see them again in a few months.

  11. Thanks David and staff for the excellent letter. As a novice player, the info can be indispensible. Oh and Younggil, please hurry and learn the ropes so to speak so that you can start putting out the Go problem sets again!! Best wishes…..

  12. As a rookie in go I began to follow Go Game Guru only recently. However, I feel the effort you are doing to improve the outcome is great! I wish you success in this new sort of organization!

  13. I consider this very good news.

    I am writing this after reading the new un-edited articles. There is only one difference: You can tell that the author is not a native English speaker. I — for one — don’t care if the grammar is perfect, so long as the content is clear. It is.

    In other words, the slight loss of precision in the writing has not changed the fact that gogameguru still provides (insofar as I know, and in my own opinion) the absolute best English language (go related) content that the internet has to offer.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your opinion nico.

      I appreciate your understanding, and that’s a big support for me. We’ll keep on going, and I’ll try to get better in the grammar anyway.

  14. Hi,
    I enjoy the site from Kazakhstan, where I don’t have any live opponents (and choose not to play online).

    I have a question for Younggil. How is Kitani Minoru regarded by modern pros? He was, after all, one of the greatest teachers in history, but he wasn’t the number one player of his own generation.
    I have been playing over many of his games recently. I find an impression of incredible strength, like a python. He could also be quite courageous in the fights he took on. I saw a quote from Cho Chikun in which he said he himself was not strong enough to play with the style of Kitani—I think he meant that Kitani was a principled player of great fighting strength, as opposed to having a more pragmatic approach.
    Do pros study Kitani’s games?

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks Mark for your question about Kitani Minoru.

      I reckon he’s regarded as a good rival of Go Seigen and one of the founders of the ‘New Opening’ by modern pros.

      When I was an insei, I rarely studied Kitani’s games because his game was somewhat boring compared to other great players in that period such as Go Seigen, Sakata Eio and Fujisawa Shuko. That’s because of his style of play I thought, and other inseis who were studying Go with me didn’t particularly study Kitani’s games either.

      His style of play was fighting oriented when he was young with his full strength, and the ‘New Opening’ was very sensational as well. However, when he became older, he liked to play with very low position and territorial games. He still fought, but mostly he was dealing inside of his opponents’ moyo or one of his groups were being attacked. Because of that, his style looked passive and not as exciting. Cho Chikun’s style is similar to Kitani, but Cho is more relentless and flexible.

      These days, the trend and the style of play is quite different from the old days, so not many pros would study Kitani’s game I guess.

  15. Youngil,
    Thanks for the answer. I also thought Cho’s style was more like Kitani’s than the other [famous] players in that dojo, which makes his remark about not being able to play like Kitani (from around 1975) intriguing.