Coming-up: Mini-goban review
I won one of Yellow Mountain Imports's combo gobans at auction on eBay. These have a 13x13 grid on one side and a 9x9 on the other. It is made of kaya veneer and is 1/3 of an inch thick. The total cost, including shipping and state taxes, came to $20.42.
I could have probably made my own or bought a plywood version for about $10 on my next sojourn to Games of Berkeley. I opted for this board since I wanted something that would look appealing on the coffee table. In my upcoming review, we'll see how well this combo board complements my full-sized kaya board that I had acquired from YMI back in December 2005.
For those in the market, another attractive alternative to consider would be Samarkand's 1-inch Hiba combo board which retails for $45.
Just launched: GOAMA Newsletter from the Go Federation
Igor Grishin of the Go Federation has launched GOAMA which is intended to be an international Go email newsletter. Its main editor will be Alexandre Dinerchtein who is a Russian amateur 7D and a former Korean yeonguseng. I believe he was conferred the rank of Korean 1P.
The first issue was a little sparse but I did enjoy the commented pro game and, in particular, the one-page illustration of a Korean trick play. Of course, now that I've blogged about it, I probably won't be able to apply the trick in any of my games.
Just Launched: GoDiscussions.com
GoDiscussions was recently launched as an alternative moderated forum for discussing Go. Its administrator, Don, hopes to keep the atmosphere flame-free and family-friendly.
Any site that helps expands Go networking is rather helpful so we'll see how this one grows. I've posted a bit to the site already.