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Wang Runan 8P, the President of the Chinese Weiqi Association, last week asked the British to return the Weiqi Classic, also known as the Dunhuang Go Manual, to China. The manuscript, which dates back to the ninth century, is a copy of the earliest known manual of go, known as weiqi (or weichi) in China, where the game originated; the original manual is thought to have originated in the sixth century. It was taken from the “Library Cave” in Dunhuang, China in 1907 by Aurel Stein and is now in the collection of the British Library in London.
Wang was speaking at a press conference at the British Museum on September 5 to publicize British-Chinese Weiqi Cultural Exchange Event held on September 7 at the museum, hosted by the UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture and the East Midland Youth Chinese Organisation, in cooperation with the British Go Association (BGA).
A partial English translation of the fascinating text of the Weiqi Classic, with notes, can be found in the Library’s database entry for the item.
Report by Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal. Photos: BOTTOM LEFT: Wang Runan, by Tony Collman, displaying fan with calligraphy spelling out 10 principles of weiqi; TOP RIGHT: The Weiqi Classic (beginning), courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project, British Library. NOTE: this report has been updated to reflect that Wang Runan is President (not Vice Chairman) of the Chinese Weiqi Association.
Popular streaming site twitch.tv is pulling in 38 million viewers a month, by streaming video gamers playing and commenting on their games. The site’s goal is to “connect gamers around the world by allowing them to broadcast, watch, and chat from everywhere they play,” according to their website. Why not stream online go games as well, asks AGA member Royce Chen? ”Streaming go games, with entertaining and informative comments made by the streamers, could potentially attract the interest of young players, especially those who are already familiar with streams of conventional games,” says Chen. “The idea is to make videos like those by TheOddOne, a popular League of Legends player, who is known for providing entertaining commentary.”
The AGA would like to recruit volunteers of any playing strength, who would stream some of their online go games. All that’s needed is a webcam and a twitch.tv account. Live streams would be promoted on the AGA Facebook page, and archived recordings can also be submitted for uploading to the new Go AGA YouTube channel, which is being managed by Shawn Ray (AKA Clossius on Youtube). Anyone interested in streaming can email Royce Chen for more details. Ray also plans to promote lessons from several popular online go teachers on the new Youtube channel, with archived videos from both twitch and youtube available. Subscribe to the new channel to get updates on this content. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
September 15: Burlington, VT
Lake Champlain Invitational 2013 Go Tournament
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I live in a city adjacent to Delhi. In 1996 I switched jobs and started working for a Japanese man, Mr Oda. He was a go player. He was always playing go. The game looked to me something like a game I used to play as a little girl, called Goat and Lion. I asked Mr Oda to teach me the game and he agreed. After learning go, I wanted to learn the Japanese language, so with the assistance of another Japanese man, a Mr Ishii, I began taking classes at the Japan Culture Center. In 2000 I decided I wanted to come to Japan to see what go was actually like. Mr Oda and Mr Ishii helped me to come over. I also came to Japan for the pair go tournament in 2001. In 2002 Mr Oda went back to Japan, and I wasn’t able to interest Mr Ishii in the game, so I stopped playing for awhile. I needed to earn money to return to Japan, so I opened a small DVD shop and worked very hard for eight years. After eight years my business had grown into a big store, and I was able to come here to observe the World Amateur Go Championship in Sendai. When I arrived I found that the Indian player (Shashank Dave) wasn’t able to come, so I said I could take his place. Arrangements were made through the Indian embassy and here I am.
I really enjoy the game. When I’ve been working too hard and feel tired, what I always do is to open the Internet and play go online. So my mind is always fresh. I generally play on Yahoo. In India the games people like most are cricket and badminton, followed by football. They also play mind games, chess in particular, but I don’t play chess; I don’t understand it.
Ranka: Please tell us something about your career.
Yuqing: I learned go at age six. My father played, so he sent me to a go class for children, and I immediately liked the game. Now I teach at a go school for children in Shanghai, and I write magazine articles about go, trying to spread knowledge about the game. But my main occupation is working as a sales manager for China Mobile. Go is a hobby, something I do when I have time, which is not every day. In particular, I don’t have time to train. I’m always too busy. The only training I get is by actually playing in tournaments.
Ranka: Please tell us about your game against the Korean player here.
Yuqing: In the opening I thought I was doing well, so for a while I relaxed a little. Then I got into overtime, began to feel under pressure, and made an endgame mistake. I still regret that mistake. But despite losing that game and coming in second, and despite the much greater pressure of the doping test, I’m pretty satisfied with the tournament as a whole.
Ranka: What changes have you seen in the World Amateur Championship, and in go in China.
Yuqing: In the past, China, Japan, and Korea were by far the strongest countries at the World Amateur Championship, but recently the North American and European players have been closing the distance. As for China, over the years we have developed good ways of teaching go, and now the Internet is here. For those reasons, a lot of young people are getting into the game. They compete with each other, they try to outdo each other, and that makes them stronger. This is very good for go.
Ranka: Thank you.
Germany: The Koelner Go-Turnier 2013 finished September 1 in Koeln with Lukas Kraemer 5d (left) in first, Benjamin Teuber 6d in second, and Jonas Welticke 4d in third. Croatia: Also on September 1, Zoran Mutabzija 5d won the Croatian Championship 2013 – Final 6 in Zagreb. Sead Bacevina 2d came in second and Lavro Furjanic 1k in third. England: Isle of Man hosted two tournaments on August 18, a main tournament and an afternoon tournament. The main tournament wrapped up on August 23 with Matthew Macfayden 6d in first followed by Matthew Cocke 5d in second and Shigehiko Uno 4d in third. However, Uno dominated the afternoon tournament while James Hutchinson 1d took second and Toby Manning 2d placed third.
— Annalia Linnan, based on reports from EuroGoTV, which include complete result tables and all the latest European go news