FTS-100 The Game of Go, Fall 2005

Helpful information
Instructor: David Wolfe (click here for office hour information)
Course schedule (all assignments are here)

Course syllabus
Overview of The Go Masters
9x9 Go boards in postscript format: one 9x9, six 9x9's, four larger 9x9's.
19x19 boards in postscript format: one 19x19, four 19x19's
4-4 point joseki in sgf format. Save the file to your home account, then open using cgoban.

Writing assignments and oral presentation:
I recommend you use the services of the campus Writing Center.
Why I signed up for a course about Go
How to play Go
Movie review
East Meets West presentation
East meets West and related peer-review assignment
Go as a Metaphor

Go boards, stones and supplies:
Samarkind (Good Move Press)
Yutopian Enterprises

Learning to play Go on-line
The Interactive Way To Go (mirror of http://playgo.to/interactive/)
Kiseido Go Server (KGS)
Go at Yahoo Games (not as good as KGS)
Go problem web site
Rob van Zeijst's column, The Magic of Go in The Daily Yomiuri.

General academic links
Library resources for this course (created by Michelle Twait)
Strudy strategies (from the U of M, Deluth)
LASSI scales
Top Go sites (according to Philip Waldron)
  1. gobase.org: For many people this is the first -- and the last -- go resource on the web. Containing the latest go news, game records and general interest articles, GoBase always has something for everyone: http://gobase.org/
  2. Sensei 's Library: A collaborative resource written by contributors, Sensei's Library may be the most extensive go resour ce on the web. Articles cover a variety of topics, including possibly the best discussion of endgame theory published anywhere: http://senseis.xmp.net/
  3. GoProblems.com: Containing over 7000 go problems, this is a great source of problems about all aspects of the game: http://goproblems.com/
  4. The Go Teaching Ladder: A great site containing nearly 5000 commented go games. Users may search the database for games of interest and can submit their own games for analysis: http://gtl.xmp.net/
  5. David Carlton's Go Bibliography: Run by American go player David Carlton, this web site contains reviews of most English-language go books and many other books from Korean and Japan: http://gobooks.info/
  6. The go publishers and distributors: Kiseido, Yutopian, Slate & Shell, Samarkand and (in Europe) Het Paard. The web sites of the major English-language go publishers and distributors. See what's available and what's coming soon: http://www.kiseido.com/; http://www.yutopian.com/go/; http://www.slateandshell.com/; http://www.samarkand.net/; http://www.schaakengo.nl/
  7. go4go.net: A great site with the latest game records and the news about the professional go scene. For a subscription fee, the site offers email delivery of commented professional games: http://www.go4go.net/v2/
  8. Hikori Mori's "The Interactive Way to Play Go": A great page for teaching the game to beginners. This page presents the game of go to beginners in 35 steps with interactive tutorials: http://playgo.to/interactive/
  9. MSO World: The go page of the Mind Sports Olympiad, this page has not been updated since 2001. It nevertheless includes many fascinating articles by John Fairbairn about go history and personalities: http://www.msoworld.com/mindzine/news/orient/go/go.html
  10. The American Go Association and the European Go Association: The best sources for news about go events closer to home: http://www.usgo.org/; http://www.european-go.org/
Fall 2005 presentations:
Baseball in Japan and US
Music in Ireland and Thailand
Weddings in Indonesia and US
Industrialization in China and England
Dances in Ireland and Korea
Transportation in Japan and US
Etiquette in Japan and England
Baseball in Japan and US
Family in Taiwan and US
Hinduism versus Christianity
Food in Philipines and US
Government in USSR and China
Gambling in China and US
Family in Japan and US
Soccer in Korea and US