The 2013 British Go Congress took place last weekend, April 5-7, at the Cromwell Hotel, Stevenage in Hertfordshire, England. Special guest, Japanese/American professional Go player, Michael Redmond, started events on Friday with a teaching session and a spot-the-move competition…
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After two exciting weeks of training, fun and friends in Shanghai, we headed to Hangzhou. Hangzhou is a beautiful city close to Shanghai, known as ‘Shanghai’s Garden’. It’s one of the cities Chinese people always choose in ‘favorite Chinese city’ polls. It’s very close to Shanghai. The weather is similar, the people look alike, even the mosquitoes are the same. But what makes Hangzhou special is it beautiful lake. The West Lake.
I arrived in Shanghai in the evening of June 21, 2011. Two weeks have already passed since the Shanghai Go Camp started, and the time has gone by so quickly. Everything so far has been very nice. It looks like the tough part will start now. We are going to Hangzhou to receive training with the local Go students. Our group will be divided into classes based on the results of a tournament we’ll play with the locals, just the way the Chinese players do it.
The YGA (Young Go Academy) Students’ Cup was held on Saturday April 16, at Young Go Academy in Strathfield, Sydney. It was the biggest Go event for the students in Australia since I came to Australia, and fortunately it was very successful. There were three divisions and 36 students attended the event. The participants ranged from kindergarten to university level and some were even recent graduates.
The First YGA (Young Go Academy) Students’ Cup was held at the Young Go(Baduk) Academy in Strathfield (Sydney) on 18 December 2010. This competition was for students and children, who learn how to play Baduk at the YGA. It was the first event for the students, and we are going to open this sort of events every three months.
The 33rd Australian National Go Championships was held at the Young Go (Baduk) Academy in Strathfield (Sydney) on 27-28 November. This championship is the largest annual Go event in Australia. This year, 52 players participated in the tournament. There were two divisions and division A was for 3d-7d players with even as an open division, and division B was for 2d-15k with handicap.
I just heard that the New York Go Center will soon close because the Nihon Ki-in (Japanese Go Association) will sell the building that their Go club is in. Now of course, down here in Australia we are lazy and can rarely be bothered to make the trip to New York (I have never been there), but the news came as something of a shock to me anyway.