INAF Announces the Presentation of Three Videos Produced in Cooperation with Nihon Kiin

The first is a lecture by Takemiya Masaki 9p on his choice of the “best selection of cosmic-style game”. He gives detailed commentary of the game between himself and Cho Chikun to decide the 1988 Kisei challenger. See

The second video introduces several modern “AI style Josekis” in a lecture by Cho Zuiketsu 5p. These new moves are analyzed in detail using actual games between Cho and other pros as examples, including a very clever ladder-blocker that you don’t want to miss! Cho should be familiar to the western players as he was dispatched by the Nihon Kiin to the Seattle Go Center in 2018 and to Europe in 2019. See

The third video is given by Tajiri Yuto 5p on “how to use thickness for kyu players”. Tajiri visited the US Go Congress and the Seattle Go Center in 2019 and was a popular lecturer for the kyu players. In this lecture he discusses how to build and use thickness, an important topic as one moves from the kyu to dan ranks. See

November 21st, 2022|

Request for Proposals: Relationship between Mind Sports and Cognitive Functions

INAF seeks to fund one or two university projects for a comprehensive literature survey and review of research linking mind sports to cognitive science. Of particular interest is how mind sports such as Go may contribute to the cognitive development of youth and to the cognitive maintenance of senior citizens. The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 31, 2023. See details.

November 20th, 2022|

INAF Solicits Nominations for a Newly Established Lifetime Achievement Award

INAF Board has approved establishing a new “INAF Lifetime Achievement Award” to honor individuals who, over their lifetime, have made significant contributions to the advancement of the culture and sport of Go in North America. It is expected that up to one award will be made each year. The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 31. See details.

November 20th, 2022|

New lectures by Michael Redmond 9P and Tsuruyama Atsushi 8P sponsored by INAF

The Iwamoto North American Foundation (INAF) is pleased to sponsor two more lectures produced by the Nihon Kiin. 

The first is a dan-level lecture in English by Michael Redmond 9-dan on “the Art of Sacrificing Stones” based on a game between the greatest master of the Edo period, Honinbo Dosaku (本因坊道策), and the multi-talented genius Yasui Santetsu (安井算哲). The URL is

The second is a kyu-level lecture on “Useful Techniques for Capturing Race” by Tsuruyama Atsushi 8-dan, given in Japanese with English subtitles. The URL is

September 2nd, 2021|

A special game commentary by Ichiriki Ryo on his challenger match with Iyama Yuta.

The Iwamoto North American Foundation, with co-sponsorship by the Nihon Kiin, announces a special YouTube game analysis in English by Ichiriki Ryo 9p, current Japanese Gosei title holder.  His opponent is the 7-crown champion Iyama Yuta; the occasion is a challenge match in the Tengen title series.  The match is dubbed “Gosei vs. Kisei”– the clash between the top two Japanese pros of 2020 – 2021.  See

August 19th, 2021|

Sign up for Joint INAF-Nihon Kiin Online Events

In recent years, INAF and Nihon Kiin have jointly sponsored a number of teaching events every year.  In 2021, several online events will be held instead.  Below we announce the first two of this series – two zoom lectures intended for kyu players but all are welcome to sign up.

Please sign up for the event(s) of your choosing.  The zoom links will be sent to all registrants in late July.

Event 1

August 2nd, US Eastern time 21:00 to 22:30.  Lecture for kyu players by Mitani Tetsuya 7p (三谷哲也) and Antti Tormanen 1p.  This pair has visited Europe and given many popular lectures since 2012.

Event 2

August 7th, US Eastern time 21:00 to 22:30.  Interactive AI play for kyu players with Tajiri Yuto 5p (田尻悠人).  All participants will join in to play with AI; Mr. Taijiri will lead and provide Q&A, quizzes, and commentary.

Future events include:

Lecture by Tsuruyama Atsushi 8p, a student of Cho Chikun, on “Key points of Capturing Race” (single-digit kyu to 4d players);

Lecture by Michael Redmond 9p on Technical Improvements (dan players);

Lecture by Mitani Tetsuya 7p and Antti Tormanen 1p on “Understand Go Rules and How to Play on 9×9” (beginners);

Lecture by Ichiriki Ryo 9p, commentary on his games (all players). 

Watch here for announcements!!!

July 11th, 2021|