Q.: Why are you giving away Kogo's Joseki
A.: KJD started as a learning exercise. When it included basic joseki, the
original author, Gary Odom, started distributing it to get
feedback and help others. KJD is a philanthropic work, and will remain so.
Q.: My program misbehaves; can you help me?
A.: Sorry, no. KJD is just an sgf file. The program compatibility guide on the
main page lists programs that work with KJD, and a few that don't. cgoban, Moyo
Go Studio, and WinMGT are recommended.
Who wrote KJD?
A.: Gary Odom (USA) started Kogo's Joseki Dictionary in 1998, and continued
adding to the dictionary through 2005. Over half of the content is still from
that period. Stefan Verstraeten helped in 2000-2001. In 2006 Gary
Odom gave curator responsibility to Andre Ay (Germany).
Q.: How did Andre Ay become curator?
A.: Gary Odom built KJD based on what he had learned from Japanese books, most
notably the 3-volume Ishida dictionary. These books were 30 years old in 2006,
and did not contain modern Korean innovations and changes. Andre Ay had learned
some of them and offered to help. Busy with work, Gary installed Andre Ay as the
Q.: What I find something
wrong in KJD?
Please give as specific information as possible,
including: the program you are using; what the error message from the program
is, if any, (the exact message really helps); and the specific variation
Q.: How can I help improve KJD?
with comments and suggestions.
Q.: Where did all the joseki come from?
A.: Besides the usual go club experience, KJD includes variations from books:
Ishida Yoshio: Joseki Dictionary, 3 vol.
A Dictionary of Modern Fuseki - The Korean Style
Cho Ch'i-hun: Jeongseok, 3 vol. (Korean language)
Fujisawa Shuko: Reducing Territorial Frameworks
Sangit Chatterjee, Yang Huiren: Whole Board Living Tesujis
Rob van Zeijst, Richard Bozulich: Making Good Shape
Kaku Takagawa, Stefan Schiller, Frank Mickan: Joseki im Mittelspiel
Nihon Kiin, Fuseki Dictionary
Nihon Kiin, A Compendium of Trick Plays
Youngsun Yoon: Think like a Pro - Haengma
Cho Chikun: All about Life and Death
Sun-Rae Kim: Train like a Pro 1 + 2
Sakata Eio: The Middle Game of Go
Modern Game Insight
Invincible - The Games of Shusaku
Input from the
following teachers has also been valuable (thanks!):
jujo = ZhuJiu Jiang 9P
MingJiu = Juang Mingjiu 7P
Guo Juan 5P
Yoon Young-soon 5P
Seung-hee Kang 2P
Svetlana Shikshina 1P
Alexander Dinerchstein 1P
Hwang In-Seong 7D
Park Chang-Jin 7D
Christoph Gerlach 6D
willzhang 9D = Will Zhang 6D
Jin Zou 5D
sum = Robert Jasiek 5D
JeffChang 9D = Su Yang 5D
Thanks to all.
Q.: Are all variations approved by high-dan players?
A.: No, there are simply too many variations added on a continual basis. Because
of this, doubtful variations are marked with a phrase like "If you are high-dan
and know the follow-up. mail it to me please: email@example.com."
Q.: Where can I get regular updates about all new joseki variations? Is there a
magazine or website?
A.: Guo Juan 5P was asked the above question at the European Go Congress 2007 in
regard to new joseki developments. She answered that there is no
magazine or website which distributes new joseki variations. As a process,
professionals develop new variations, sometimes from high-dan amateur openings
they see. Then a professional decides to write an article, or a book, and includes new
joseki variations. But it takes time for publication,
and then translation, and reprinting in English. So the books you have today contain joseki
variations which are years old, but not the newest developments. That's the
situation today. Guo Juan does try to include some up-to-date
developments into her site: Guo Juan's
Internet Go School.
Q.: May I distribute KJD?
A.: Not without permission. KJD is copyrighted, and permission without
distribution is a violation of international copyright laws. Please ask.
Approved distributions of KJD include the AGA CD, KJD on the zGo page, and KJD
transformed to PDF files by Frank deGroot of Moyo Go Studio.
Q.: Can joseki be copyrighted?
A.: No. Go patterns, including joseki, or even professional games, cannot be
copyrighted; but any commentary is under copyright control.
Q.: Is there a KGS account?
A.: "kogo" is a KGS account for the charge of developing KJD by questioning high
dan players in hope to receive some free help for KJD.
Q.: When referencing a variation branch, why not
simply hyperlink it?
A.: Because the sgf language still lacks hyperlinks.