YMI brings in the Dragon floor gobans
Peregrine was the first to alert the folks at GoDiscussions.com that Yellow Mountain Imports had brought in their Dragon floor gobans. Pong had mentioned his plans to add these to YMI's inventory when he was traveling in China months ago. These bamboo floor gobans are retail priced at US$950 and weigh over 70 pounds.
I have, however, already seen one at auction on eBay at a starting bid of US$599.
The detail is impressive and you can see some images of how these were manufactured at the Yunnan Weiqi Factory from a previous post.
The feet are shaped as a combinations of lion heads and claws. They make quite an aggressive statement.
Two other products make their debut
YMI has also added Wild Jujube Bowls for US$25. These are smaller than their regular jujube bowls and are best suited for stones that are Size 33 or smaller. I'm thinking that they might be suitable for the traditional single-convex Yunzi stones.
I'm still awaiting the arrival of their Go Seigen (aka Wu Qingyuan) style Rosewood bowls for larger stones. These should be rather impressive and will go well with their Super Yunzi.
They are now also offering a portable magnetic roll-up set for US$35. The description for this product says that the mat will not curl-up (like some vinyl mats do).
Hoping to Attend: The Northern California Open Tournament
The AGA-rated Northern California Open Tournament will be held this month in San Francisco's Japantown in the Union Bank Hospitality Room. I'm hoping to attend this one.
Jacob Brown provided me with these details.
- Date: July 29-30, 2006
- Fees: $25 for youth under 18, $30 for adults
- Registration begins at 9am on Saturday morning.
- First round begins at 10 am
- There will be five rounds, three on Saturday and two on SundayThere will be one hour sudden death for each player.