Janice Kim

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Janice Kim is a professional go player, author, and business owner. She was born in Illinois in 1969, and grew up in New Mexico. As a teenager, she studied go in Korea under Jeong Soo-hyon (9-dan).[1] She represented the US in the first World Youth Go Championship in 1984, placing third; in 1986 she played for the US again and won the event. In 1987 she became the first Westerner to be accepted by the Hanguk Kiwon as a pro; she remains one of only five western females ever to attain professional status (with Joanne Missingham, Svetlana Shikshina, Diana Koszegi and Mariya Zakharchenko). She holds a bachelor's degree from New York University.

In 1997, she created Samarkand, an online store for go-related items.[1] Samarkand later became wholesale only. In 2003, she was promoted to a 3-Dan professional go player, the first female Westerner to do so.[1][2] Kim is the author of the Getting Go articles that accompany installments of Hikaru No Go, a manga about a boy who releases the spirit of a famous go player, in the American magazine Shonen Jump. She also writes occasionally for The American Go E-Journal.

After living for a time in New York City and Denver, Janice Kim lives in San Francisco, CA with her family. She has now become a professional poker player.[3]


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  1. ^ a b c Kreuzer, Terese Loeb (July 23, 2000). "Neighborhood Report: Citypeople; A Master of an Ancient Game Relishes Her Singularity". The New York Times. pp. Section 14; Page 8; Column 3. 
  2. ^ US Go Professionals American Go Association Janice Kim 3-Dan
  3. ^ Altucher, James (May 1, 2011). "The Tooth". The Business Insider. 

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