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). 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. Samarkand later became wholesale only. In 2003, she was promoted to a 3-Dan professional go player, the first female Westerner to do so. 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.
She has now become a professional poker player.
- Learn to Play Go: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game (ISBN 0-9644796-1-3)
- Learn to Play Go: Volume II: The Way of the Moving Horse (ISBN 0-9644796-2-1)
- Learn to Play Go: Volume III: The Dragon Style (ISBN 0-9644796-3-X)
- Learn to Play Go: Volume IV: Battle Strategies (ISBN 0-9644796-4-8)
- Learn to Play Go: Volume V: The Palace of Memory (ISBN 0-9644796-5-6)
- 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.
- US Go Professionals American Go Association Janice Kim 3-Dan
- Altucher, James (May 1, 2011). "The Tooth". The Business Insider.
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