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. In particular, Mr Wang is keen to get the very early Go manual held by the British Library, the Dunhuang Go Manual, returned to China.
He then played simultaneous games against players from the BGA: Matthew Cocke, Michael Webster, Baoliang Zhang and Oscar Selby. Francis Roads gave a commentary on the Cocke game which was projected on a screen for all to watch. Of the games that were completed, or nearly so, only Michael won, as judged by Mr Wang.
The hosts of the event, the Sino-British Weiqi Cultural Exchange, were the East Midland Youth Chinese Organization and the British Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Culture, and, as well as Mr Wang, they welcomed Chen Yongqing, President of Xi'an Fuji Vocational Weiqi Club, Vice-Chairman of Xi'an Weiqi Association.
Below is Mr Wang playing the simuls watched by an eager crowd.