Man vs Machine has stirred a great amount of attention as World Champion Lee Sedol got defeated. Not to mention Lee Sedol already had not won Ke Jie in most recent championship making Ke Jie the current number one player in the world (www.goratings.org). On Ke Jie‘s blog, he had announced “despite Alphago could win Lee Sedol, the machine will not able to defeat me.”
This announcement on his blog had drawn many media attention to interview him.
The 37th World Amateur Go Championship ” CITIC SECURITIES CUP” was held from the 4th June ~ 9th June at WuXi Ramada Plaza Hotel (华美达酒店), WuXi, JiangSu Province, China.
World Amateur Go Championship was first hosted in Japan in 1979; and is currently the world’s most iconic amateur Go tournament. This year, There were 56 countries and regions participated covering from Asia, European, North & South America , South Africa and Australia.
The oldest participant was 71 years old, while the youngest was 13 years old. There were 3 participants who are 13years old from South East Asian Regions, Indonesian representative: Raffia Shidqi Fitrah (5-dan), Malaysia Representative: Chang FuKang (5-dan) and also Vietnamese Reps: Nhat Minh Vo (4-dan). This has proven that Go is getting ubiquitous in South East Asia.
During the final round, Mr. Bai BaoXiang (8-dan) won against Mr. Hsu ChiaCheng (7-dan) and achieved clean victories of 8-rounds. Mr. Kim Ki-Baek from Korea got 2nd Place, and lastly Mr. Hsu ChiaCheng from Taiwan on 3rd place. This was the 2nd Champion Mr. Bai Bao-Xiang had won in WAGC, the first was in in Japan 2011, which he was granted Amateur 8-dan.
*Brunei’s Player: CHIN Sin Voon*
Brunei Darussalam Go Association was established in 2011 and became member of International Go Federation in 2012. Hence, this was the fourth time Brunei Darussalam Go Association had participated in the World Amateur Go Championship since 2013 in Sendai by Sid.
CHIN Sin Voon (4-dan) who had many experiences in International Tournament from Korea Prime Minister Baduk Championship (4-times), Nanning Weiqi International Tournament (2-times), and so on had made his first appearance to in this year’s World Amateur Go Championship.
With his best efforts, CHIN achieved 3-wins out of 8-wins and gotten 39th/56th position making current best result of Brunei in the World Amateur Go Championship.
Champion – Bai BaoXiang (China) 2nd Place – Kim KiBaek (South Korea) 3rd Place – Hsu ChiaCheng (Taiwan) 4th Place – Andrii Kravets (Ukraine) 5th Place – Satoshi Hiraoka (Japan) 6th Place – Csaba Mero (Hungary) 7th Place – Dusan Miti (Serbia) 8th Place – Cristian Pop (Romania) 9th Place – Dai JunFu (France) 10th Place – CHAN Chi Hin ( Hong Kong)
… 13th Place – Rafif Shidqi Fitrah (Indonesia)
… 18th Place – Vorawat Tanapatsopol (Thailand)
… 23rd Place – Yue YiFei (Singapore)
… 25th Place – Chang FuKang (Malaysia)
… 39th Place – CHIN Sin Voon (Brunei)
28th May 2016, Brunei Darussalam Go Association had intruded Sekolah Menengah Katok to introduce Go to year 9 and year 10 students of over 300-350 of them! This is another record set by BDGA in their achievement.
Students were introduced to 5×5 Go without explaining the rules of KO and illegal move. The aim is to allow them to have fun. But unfortunately, the sets prepared were only able to accommodate 200 students.
BDGA thanks Sekolah Menengah Katok for allowing them this opportunity to teach the students the game!