The Chinese professional and Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Weiqi Association, Wang Runan (8p), visited the British Museum on Saturday 7th September. He spoke to a lecture theatre containing nearly 100 people interested in Chinese Culture, including some British Go players, on the subject of Weiqi (Go) in Chinese Culture.
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See the London Open for an example.
If the terms of your event allow it, it is nice to be able to offer those who are really keen the chance to get their own Go set and book.
However this takes a lot of effort to organise.
Firstly you will need a stock of sets and books. Pentangle will usually supply these on a sale or return basis but there might be a cost for delivery or return.
There are almost as many ways to teach Go as to play it.
Whatever way you do it, it must be simple and easy to understand. Do not include too much in the first lesson. Certainly teach how to place stones (and that they do not move), how to capture stones and what the aim of the game is (control more than half the board). You may also like to explain the concept of territory.
You should have copies of the various BGA leaflets to give out to those you teach. It is always hard to know how many to bring, but you would be doing well to teach 50 people in a day. The cartoon booklet is designed for children, but as it is simple adults like it too.
Having the stall looking welcoming is part of the trick of attracting people.
Covering the table with a cloth, and sticking photos and pictures on the unused areas makes the stall look better.
Using the wall space behind effectively is important, so make sure there are some good pictures, posters and signs behind (and do not forget tape or blutack to stick them up).
Obviously you will need Go sets. Most people believe 9x9 is the best size to start teaching on, and certainly the length of game played on 9x9 is the most suitable for the amount of time people will want to spend on their first game. If people come back for more then you could introduce 13x13, but it is not essential.
Although Go can be played on the floor, most people will expect to be able to sit at table and chairs to play.
The location for your demonstration is very important.
Usually, as the stall is not for commercial purposes, organisers of events will let you have a stall for free. However this may mean you are a second class citizen in their eyes and be largely ignored and squeezed into some appropriate spot late in the planning.
There are often opportunities to demonstrate Go as part of a convention, festival or exhibition. In the past Go has been demonstrated at anime and games conventions, Japanese and Chinese festivals, exhibitions of oriental art and culture, and so on.