YMI introduces their slate and shell stones
First off, I wasn't able to make it to the NorCal Open. The ChiyoClan opted for lunch at The Elephant Bar in Emeryville and we didn't drive to Japantown. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to meet-up with some of you.
My small consolation was that The Elephant Bar makes a very nice cheesesteak sandwich.
YMI's Slate and Shell Stones from Ogawa Goishi
wmcguire93 alerted folks on GoDiscussions.com that Yellow Mountain Imports had brought in their slate and shell stones.
An examination of their box photos revealed the name Ogawa Goishi (小川碁石店). This vendor is among those listed in the 2005 Hyuga Go Stone festival and their stones are imported into China by the Yunzi company. They currently do not seem to have a website of their own.
Here's a sampling of prices for Japanese Size 36 (10.1mm) Jitsuyo (utility) grade stones.
- Kuroki Goishi Ten, Japan: 18,000 Yen = US$157 (excludes shipping and handling to outside of Japan; this is a special discounted price below the normal 33,000 Yen [US$287])
- Samarkand (Kuroki Goishi Ten distributor in US) = US$409 (excludes local shipping and handling)
- Ogawa Goishi, Japan, as sold by the Yunzi Company in China : 2,380 Yuan [2004 pricing] = US$299 (excludes shipping and handling to outside of China)
- Yellow Mountain Imports (Ogawa Goishi distributor in US) = US$390 (excludes local shipping and handling)
Still, this means that you have more options open to you when shopping for real slate and shell. Keep an eye on YMI's eBay auction store in case they offer any of these stones there at a reduced starting price.
Fuseki Quiz 15/20
too strong at the top and the bottom and B struck me
as an urgent defensive move.
Scoring of last weekend's Fuseki Quiz 14/20
(Jump to the last quiz!)
- A = 10, If you consider the sequence to 7 in Diagram 1 below, you will see that Black's profit is pretty big. For White to press Black against the left side by playing D4 wouldn't be good because Black could connect-up on the left side.
- B = 8
- C = 2
- D = 4
- E = 6