Sunday, December 30, 2012


Steve Burrall, one of our travelers, has arranged to have commemorative t-shirts made. We will take 9 as gifts for our Cuban hosts, and there will also be a total of 51 others for sale at $20 each among our travelers and others from the go community. The whole t-shirt project will run at cost.

The design is below:

They will come in S, M, L, & XL sizes.

If you should want one, please write directly to Steven Burrall [] to make arrangements.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Last Call

The trip is proceeding. If you have not yet been in touch but are interested in making it, please write right away. If you have not already gotten trip details from me, say so, and I will provide them. I do not have a hard and fast deadline to give you; but it is important we get your decision as soon as possible and that you be ready to make payment promptly. The longer you wait to decide, the harder it will be to add you in, though we will certainly try.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More on Status

We're still looking to complete the 15 traveler minimum. There are a number of people still thinking about it, and I'm hopeful we'll get enough there to make it ago. And, of course, there may still be additional prospects I haven't yet heard from. If we haven't at least 15 committed by early December, it's questionable whether we can go. If you're interested and I haven't heard from you yet, please write me at

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sharing a Room on the Trip

One person considering the trip has said he'd be interested in sharing a room with another traveler. Seems a natural idea. If this should be of interest to you, let me know; and I'll see what I can do to help put people who want to explore this in touch with one another.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Current Status

Some have asked about whether there is a deadline for decisions. There is none set right now. We need a minimum of 15 to make the trip happen, and we are approaching that at the moment. Once we have 15 who definitely are planning to go, we will begin completing arrangements. The next decision point would be at 25 travelers. 25 is the maximum travelers we can accommodate without adding another guide. If we get more than 25 who want to come, we will have to evaluate whether we will have enough to add a 2nd guide.

If we've been in contact, but you have decided not to come; it would be helpful to me for you to tell me that. If you're gotten information and haven't been back in touch, it would be helpful to let me know where you stand and when you might reach a decision.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Popularity of Go in Cuba

Sr. Torres with the Academia Cubana de Go sent me some information on the popularity of go in Cuba:

"In Cuba we have 435 players Go officially,  although in Cuba more than 2000 people know go. The Go is practiced in all  provinces. We have 34 players Dan Category . Many Cuban players will participate in the Exchange..." (Excuse the rough translation of his Spanish. He and I must use Google translate to write back and forth as neither is proficient in the others language.)

Details Now Available

I now have trip details available to provide those interested. Please email me at if you'd like to have them.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Borges Poem

A go friend sent me a go poem by the Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges (who also lived for many years in Texas). I want to share it here. I'm giving it here as he did to me, first in the original Spanish then in his English translation.

Hoy, 9 de septiembre de 1978, 
tuve en la palma de la mano un pequeño disco
de los trescientos sesenta y uno que se requieren 
para el juego astrológico del go, 
ese otro ajedrez del Oriente. 
Es más antiguo que la más antigua escritura 
y el tablero es un mapa del universo. 
Sus variaciones negras y blancas 
agotarán el 
En él pueden perderse los hombres 
como en el amor y en el día. 
Hoy, 9 de septiembre de 1978, 
yo, que soy ignorante de tantas cosas, 
sé que ignoro una más, 
y agradezco a mis númenes.
esta revelación de un laberinto 
que nunca será mío.

Today, the 9th of September 1978,
I had in the palm of my hand a small disk
of the 361 that are required
for the astrological game of Go,
that other chess of the Orient.
It is more ancient than the most ancient writing
and the board is a map of the universe.
Its black and white variations
will exhaust time.
In it men can lose themselves
as in love and in the day.
Today, the 9th of September 1978,
I, who am ignorant of so many things,
know that I am ignorant of one more,
and I thank my Muses for
this revelation of a labyrinth
that never will be mine.

By the way, if you're interested in the trip, in addition to any comments you post here, please also write me at That way I'll have your email address and can keep you updated on developments that way.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I've just started to get inquiries from the AGA eJournal item that just appeared. I'm expecting final trip details any time now and will get them out to those who've inquired when I receive them. In the meanwhile, by all means let me know if you're interested. I can give you now one piece of basic information on traveler qualifications:

  • US citizen or legal resident of the US
  • nonplaying partners are OK
  • under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm organizing a trip for US players to play go in Cuba. The trip will take place February 15 - 21, 2013, providing there are at least 15 US players enrolled. I have started this blog to keep interested people informed of developments and to field comments and questions. If you want more information, you may comment here or email me at