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      May 2013 Workshop with Janice Kim 3P

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Picture of Janice Kim Bay Area Go Players Association is pleased to present an educational go workshop with the ever-popular Janice Kim, 3 Dan Professional. Space capacity is limited so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure accommodating all participants!

Scene from a past Janice Kim workshop This two-day weekend workshop, to be held May 4 and 5 in Berkeley, models active learning in a group setting as an effective way to develop go skills. Each day will be divided into four 90-minute sessions, with a brief period between sessions for a rest break and minor rearrangements to the room.

Using a demonstration board in a lecture-type format and individual go sets when breaking into pairs or small groups, participants can learn or adapt a note-taking method to add to their specific go knowledge and create a personal blueprint for expansion, and can immediately try techniques to find winning play without sacrificing future progress.

Scene from a past Janice Kim workshop In Janice's words, "At the risk of looking, to put it the best way possible, irreverent, I've adapted activities for the workshop from research and practice (not my own, thankfully) in fields as apparently diverse as competitive tennis, to body-building, to law school, to baking. I find a common thread, in my own observations in go as well, in concepts behind these activities. People appear to excel, without spending unrealistic amounts of time, when what they do follows these concepts."

Picture of Janice Kim "To sum up what we'll cover, I'll show you how maybe surprisingly, you may have to do less to get better, and then we'll translate that into specifically what to do in a way you can replicate after the workshop. I'll be presenting go material a little differently, but hopefully in a way that you'll find interesting and useful. I promise not to go full Karate Kid and tell you to wax the floor if you want to get better at go."

Janice Kim 3P is co-author of the award-winning book series Learn to Play Go, and her lectures at the San Francisco Go Club and past workshops have been very popular. One comment from a past workshop student: "Janice is able to get one to focus on those areas of the game where making a conscious effort can completely change the outcome."

Janice Kim in Beijing This past December Janice Kim 3P and Michael Redmond 9P were in China at the SportAccord World Mind Games working as commentators on the go events. The photo at the left was taken during that time at the Beijing Chaoyang Fangcaodi International School.

Register today for this great opportunity to learn from Janice Kim, 3 Dan Professional, in her only Bay Area workshop this year. Space is limited.


Before April 8:$120
     (17 and under):    $70
Starting April 8:$150
     (17 and under): $100


Saturday, May 4:   9:00 am to 12:00 noon  - Morning session
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm - Lunch break
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Afternoon session
Sunday, May 5:   9:00 am to 12:00 noon  - Morning session
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm - Lunch break
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Afternoon session


The workshop will be held in Berkeley less than two blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. There is a parking garage next door, and several coffee houses and lunch spots are within short walking distance. Directions and address information will be provided when you register.


Simply pay your entry fee with PayPal or a credit card, or mail a check made payable to Bay Area Go Players Association to:
     Bay Area Go Players Association
     448 McAuley Street
     Oakland, CA 94609

Be sure to include the name of the student in the "Special instructions" field in PayPal, or on your check.

Register today. Space is limited. Full payment must be received before the workshop. If you are mailing a check, it must be received by May 2.


Game records are essential in creating the examples used during workshop lectures and exercises. They also save time for participants by allowing students to focus on specific topics by being able to skim over, or by providing a contrast to, familiar contexts. Please provide game records in SGF format before April 15. Instructions for how to submit your game records will be provided when you register.

Feel free to include any comments or questions in the game records as well. Please indicate whether you would like your records to be anonymous, and if you would like answers to questions included in the workshop materials or individually by email. Although there may be time for only one game record per student, please send as many records as you wish, and indicate which games if any are of priority interest. Game records aren't required, but highly encouraged if possible to maximize the benefits of the workshop to the participants.


Tom Rike, Workshop Organizer
Bay Area Go Players Association
Send Tom an email by filling out this form.

Photos by Brian Allen, Ernest Brown, Chris Garlock, and Roger Schrag.