players of New Zealand,
greetings to you all. There are
bits of news from all over the place this month, but we’ll start with a report
on the 13th International Amateur Pair Go championship, by Leon
Phease of Dunedin. He and his
mother, Yucong, represented NZ at this event in November, where they finished
19th out of a field of 32.
Here is Leon’s report:
account of my time at the international amateur pair go
a 2-hour wait at the airport because of a leaky fuel tank or something or other,
my mother and I got underway. 11 uneventful (boring) hours later we landed at
Narita airport in Tokyo.
going the wrong way several times on the trains to get to the hotel we finally
made it to our destination at 22:00 Tokyo time, or 20 hours after I had woken up
in Auckland on Friday the 15th of November.
was a struggle to wake up the next day but somehow I managed it and then after a
boring speech by some sponsor and then another speech by some organizer we
started the first round of the 13th international pair go
championship. Our first opponents were both 6 dan from Japan and in the end,
after what I thought was a well played game by me, we found ourselves several
points (about 20 or so) short.
that we played the traditional friendship game where players and their partners
and their opponents were all drawn by random. I was drawn with a Japanese 3 dan
who was going to play in the handicap competition which was for the Japanese who
wanted to play but weren’t good enough for the main competition. Our opponents
were from Japan and Indonesia. My pair won that game which was quite pleasing.
Then there were more speeches and then a feast then I went to
next day was perhaps the most exhausting day that I spent in Japan. First we
played Denmark and won, then Israel and won, then another Japanese team and lost
and then another Japanese and lost. The winners of the tournament were the
Chinese team who beat Korea in the final by winning from time. The Chinese team
was made up of a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old which I thought was quite
impressive as they were both very close to professional
the tournament we had the prize giving and incredibly I won a spot prize. We
also had a big feast, which was nice. Then after that I had some photos with
professionals like Takemiya Masaki. Then it was bedtime.
next day I woke late and was only just in time for a demonstration of IGS
Pandanet. Then we had a big meeting and ate lunch and listened to so many long
speeches that I nearly fell asleep again. Then we were
spent the afternoon at the Nihon Ki-in where we bought a really cool magnetic go
board and had a look around. For tea we ate a huge variety of foods because it
was a place where they lay out all the food and we could choose whatever we
wanted. Then we went and played go until 23:00 closing
was the next day when we finally finished our stay in Japan. We took the trains
back to the airport, weighed down with all the different souvenirs that we had
picked up and also with, for a 13-year-old, an experience of a
is changing to a 6½ point komi.
This brings them in line with the other major go-playing countries: Korea
has changed to 6½ and China has changed to 7½ (there is no equivalent to 6½ in
the Chinese counting system). As
you know, New Zealand already uses a 7 point komi (here it was felt that if the
players’ strengths were so close, a draw (jigo) should be
(who played in the recent NZ champs, finishing 3rd equal) has opened
a golf and go "school" in Howick.
He is qualified (in Korea) to teach both. He's hired half a building and
erected netting so you can practise golf (aiming to hit a target rather than
distance). He plans to teach go in the evenings. The school opening party was
held on Saturday 7th Dec.
We played one game - both adopting bold strategies. I had the
victory, helped no doubt by many distractions to my opponent.
school is located at the western end of Wellington Street (I’ll confirm address
and phone next newsletter – Ed.)
our last meeting at the church and will be meeting at Mike Taler's house for a
while till another venue is settled... this looks like it may be the Auckland
Wellington club had an end-of-year fun evening in December. All games were on 9x9 boards, some at
lightning pace, others a bit slower.
I thought I had a couple of good games, until Teru informed us that the
correct komi for a 9x9 game is 7½ points!
Everyone brought along food and drink, so as well as go, there was plenty
of food, wine, green tea and conversation.
prize for the most er.., interesting board went to Andrew, with his
perspex and red paua shell board, complete with paua stones. Probably just as well that he had
removed the under-board illumination system, which may have detracted from the
otherwise subtle aesthetics.
welcome two more players to the Wellington club. Both Geoff Cant and Robert McComb passed
the initiation test (finding the clubrooms) and are keen to further their
skills. Geoff is down from
Palmerston North for a few months, while Robert has returned to Wellington after
working overseas for several years.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and if you find yourself too
heavy, try losing a few stones….