of New Zealand,
Welcome to the first NZ
Go Society newsletter of the century!
This will be a regular mailing, bringing you news of upcoming events,
tournament results, game records, problems – anything of interest to New Zealand
go players. This month we report on
the recent National Championship competition in Auckland, give a brief overview
of the NZGS, and launch this newsletter.
New Zealand Go Championship
NZ Go Championship competition was held in Auckland over the weekend of the
9th and 10th of November. Twenty players took part in the event –
3 from Dunedin, 3 from Wellington, and 14 from Auckland.
strength in play seemed very high, with nominal rankings in the Open section
ranging from 2 dan up to 6 dan. The
handicap section saw some interesting pairings, with Edwin Phease, 6 (that’s his
age, not his kyu rating) providing not only formidable competition but also
highly entertaining impromptu commentary, for all to
Daniel Jung, 15, proved unstoppable, taking the title of New Zealand Go Champion
2002 with six straight wins.
Second, with five wins, was Long yang Li. Ted Kim and Colin Grierson were tied in
third place with four wins. Also on
four wins was Steve Kim, but the sum-of-scores system came into play here and
put Steve in fifth place.
Taylor and Edwin Phease shared first place in the Handicap section. Edwin speaks confidently of reaching
shodan level in the near future….
excellent atmosphere pervaded the entire tournament, with at least as many
‘friendly’ games as competition ones, some very young and talented players, lots
of enthusiasm, and an enjoyable Saturday evening - a meal at a Chinese
restaurant, after which we invaded Colin’s house for go, drinks, fireworks and
the highly amusing card game “Oh Hell”.
Zealand Go Society
Here’s a brief description of the NZGS, stolen
from the Dunedin club newsletter (thanks Roger / Barry /
The NZGS was started in 1975 in Auckland. Initially there were two member clubs
(both in Auckland), but soon go players were found in Wellington and
Christchurch. There have also
periodically been clubs in Dunedin, Hamilton and Palmerston
function of the NZGS is to organise a gathering of go players from all over NZ
once a year. The NZ Go Congress is
held each year around springtime to discuss the NZ go scene and to play in the
NZ Go Championships.
the NZGS selects a representative to attend the World Amateur Go Championship
(usually in Japan). This is a very
desirable trip as all expenses are paid, and you get to meet go players from all
over the world. New Zealand's
representatives usually finish about the middle of the field; ranging from an
8th placing in 1983 to about 35th.
representative is chosen based on results in a number of tournaments. There are up to 4 provincial open
tournaments (at the moment only Wellington and Auckland hold these) a year and
the NZ Go Championship. The
Championship has the most weighting.
You can see how the points are allocated on the internet at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~barryp/wagc.htm
the NZGS has produced magazines to keep NZ go players in touch with each other
and with news from around the world.
also runs a bookshop to make go literature and playing material available to NZ
NZGS AGM, held immediately after the NZ champs, the foundations were laid for
establishing a web site, which will raise awareness of go in NZ and make it
easier for people to find us.
All New Zealand go players are invited and
encouraged to join the NZGS. Your
tiny annual subscription of $10 is easily recovered in discounts given on
tournament entry fees and bookshop purchases, but more importantly, your
membership makes you eligible for a trip to Japan! And obviously you will be kept up to
date on news and events.
would like to join the NZGS please contact your local club secretary, or Ira
Turvey. Ira can be contacted at
email@example.com or you can
write to him at this address:
newsletter has been sent to all known NZ go players, NZGS members or not, in the
hope of stimulating even further the growing interest in the game. If you would rather not receive the
newsletter in the future, please let me know via return email or
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you know of anybody else who would like to receive this newsletter, please let
welcome any news from other clubs out there, or events, items of interest,
etc. In the next issue I hope to
bring you Leon Phease’s report on his and Yucong’s trip to the 13th
Pair Go Championship. And perhaps
we’ll soon hear news from Auckland about some new premises (they’ve been evicted
from their current meeting place!).
remember, “Don’t play near thickness”