British Go Journal No. 92. Autumn 1993. Page 4.
Feng Yun, 7 dan lady professional, was one of the four Chinese professionals at Canterbury last year. She expressed a desire to visit this country to improve her English and she persuaded me to issue an official invitation earlier this year to the Chinese Weiqi Association.
She was originally to stay for just two months prior to attending the European Go Congress in Prague, but the visit was unfortunately shortened due to difficulty obtaining a diplomatic passport in time. At the last minute, the trip was in jeopardy since the British Embassy were insisting that she obtain a "working visa". Luckily, this demand was withdrawn when I pointed out that she could win any game here with here eyes shut.
She arrived on the 18th June to my great relief and spent a hectic month touring the go clubs of England - unfortunately, due to shortage of time, I had to turn down an invitation from the West Wales Club at Barmouth.
Mrs Feng visited Newcastle, Cambridge, Leamington Spa, Bath and Bristol as well as playing in London at the CLGC, the Chinese club and Wanstead. The visit was paid for mainly by the BGA so I hope everyone found it worth while. We would be grateful for feedback so we can judge whether this type of expenditure is favoured by BGA members.
Feng Yun is a very pleasant professional, willing to teach and not so totally absorbed by the game that she couldn't find time to take an interest in other things. She is now due to take part in a very important championship, and I hope we haven't ruined her go whilst teaching her English!
Considering that I arranged the visit, I'm not sure how much the result of our game was due to diplomacy on her part or her desire to have fun rather than play reasonable moves in order to win.
The game was one of a number of simultaneous games played at the Central London Go Club on 23rd July.
Figure 1 (2-100) |
Figure 2 (101-153) |
127 connects at 120.
Black won by resignation.
Mrs Feng's visit generated a great deal of enthusiasm, and further articles concerning games she played or commented upon follow overleaf.