The ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. Though the rules are simple enough to teach a child, the complexity that emerges has inspired millennia of study. For three thousand years, master players in East Asia have handed down the game as an art form to foster patience, creativity, and self-reflection. Today in the elite world of the pros, international tournaments offer hundred-thousand dollar prize purses, and top matches are broadcast on 24-hour “Go TV” to millions of fans in China, Korea, and Japan. But in the West, most people have never even heard of the game… until now.
THE SURROUNDING GAME follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional players. Quirky, cerebral, and disillusioned with conventional views of success, they represent a new generation of players, on the doorstep of adulthood. As the competition intensifies and intricate patterns spill out across the board, the line between reality and imagination starts to blur. Their thoughts turn to anxieties about the future, and lead them on a journey through the game’s ancient past to ask what it means to live a meaningful life. Through an intimate portrait of these young players and interviews with the greatest Go masters of all time, the film explores the search for meaning that Go represents to its players, for whom the game is a distillation of consciousness itself.
On the 5th of February, Korean top female professional, Choi Jeong 6p (崔精) and Oh JeonGa 3p (吴政娥) appeared on a Korea Entertainment show and performed an incredible dance!
Choi Jeong and Oh YuJin recorded a puzzle-solving studio show which was airs on TvN,”Problematic Man (뇌섹시대-문제적남자／뇌섹時代-問題적男子). Choi and Oh had delivered positive impression proving Go was the best intellectual sport of all.
Choi Jeong (born 7 October 1996), or Choi Jung, is a South Korean professional Go player and and currently ranked Famle number 1 in S.Korea and World number 2 female after Yu ZhiYing.
Oh JeonGa (born 24 March 1993), currently ranked Female number 7 in S.Korea also World number 13 female.
Deepmind has released “Alphago 2.0” online to test out against all top professional players: GuLi (3), KeJie (3), ChenYaoYe (3), FangTingYu (2), ChanHao (1), ShiYue (1), MingYuTing (1), TangWeiXing (1), JiangWeiJie (1), TuoJiaXi (1), ZhouRuiYang (1), ParkJungHwan (5), Iyama Yuta (1), KimJiSeok (1), Park YeongHun (1), YuZhiYing (1), ZhoJunXun (1), KangDongYun (1), ShinJinSeo (1), WonSeongJin (1), MengTaiLing (1), NieWeiPing (1) and etc; as a result Master defeated them all.
30 games were played on tygem while another 30 games were played on FoxGoServer in a week until the 4th of January. After the final game (60th games) against Gu Li, Doctor Aja Huang typed “I’m AlphaGo’s Doctor Huang,” Taiwanese developer Aja Huang is a member of Google’s DeepMind team behind the AI.
Deepmind founder Demis Hassabis, whose London-based AI startup was acquired by Google in 2014, later confirmed on Twitter that Master is a new version of AlphaGo under “unofficial testing.”
I am very proud that 2016 was definitely the best year for Brunei Darussalam Go Association but there are still many rooms for improvement especially getting new recruitment and leveling up!
The level of Brunei Darussalam Go Association has now officially ranked the weakest in South East Asia for now performing well in any International Tournament.
*Meet up in Singapore*
Regardless, there are many notable achievement we did throughout the year 2016.
1) the 3rd South East Asia Go Championship 2016 This was the greatest achievement ever done as Brunei Darussalam Go Association hosted the second International Event with over Seventy (70) delegates from so many countries such as S.Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and etc.
The event commenced smoothly with the help of D’Anggerek Serviced Apartment and the kind generosity from Progresif Cellular to make this event so complete! Thank you all for the hard-work and success!
2) Association, Community Center& Embassy We have been trying to announce our existence to many Chinese-Cultural bodies in Brunei especially Brunei Hokkien Association for giving us the opportunity to promote Go. We are also thankful that the Taipei Culture & Economic office in Brunei is looking forward to work with us.
3) Schools This has been the most difficult part as Schools tend to ignore our proposal by giving us many lame excuses without acknowledging the greatness and beneficial of Go.
Resolution for 2017
1) Push harder to local communities and schools!
2) Level up the existing players by creating a more efficient league system!
3) Get more new players!
I hope the three simple resolution can make a different in 2017!
Professional 7-dan, the goddess of Go – Joanne Missingham (黑嘉嘉) has decided to step into the entertainment industry which was announced on the 13th December, 2016.
Ms. Joanne has very high popularity amongst all the Go players; she expressed that she started learning Go at the age of 6 and is willing to challenge any new opportunity to leave no regrets in her life hence, walking towards entertainment industry will be an interesting choice.
Ms. Joanne has been a humble model for small advertisement as she focuses her career in Go which attracted a lot of commercial from Go industry.
Seed Music Co.,Ltd. had also invited famous hairstylist Miki to design Ms. Joanne’s new look; she will entered a restless courses of “masquerade”, “arts of beauty stance”, “handling media”, “music talent” and so on. Ms. Joanne had expressed that she had years of training in Lute but singing was her weakest.
The 3rd South East Asia Go Championship 2016 in Brunei was adjourned smoothly on the 5th December, 2016. The event is also known as the 2nd Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament.
The event was held at the 1st Floor, Multipurpose Hall of D’Anggerek Serviced Apartment. D’Anggerek Serviced Apartment was the event’s Official Accommodation; 36 Rooms were taken by the event.
Each delegates were given Travel Sim-Pack by Progresif Cellular upon their arrival at the airport. Official Restaurants were: Yum-a-cha by Misato, i-Crave Kopitiam, Aminah Arif Restaurant and Pondok Sari Wangi.
Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Dr. Hj. Affendy bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports was the official chief guest to officiate the ceremony after the recital prayer.
Other honorary guests of honour who attended the event were Mr. Fu Feng Shah, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission from the Chinese Embassy of Brunei; Mr. Le Tuan Anh, Counsellor of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Embassy and lastly Mr. Piyapong Nuntana, Minister Counsellor / Head of Chancery of Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei.
The event followed Mc-Mahon 6-Rounds, Japanese Rules and the time setting was 45mins-30seconds/3times. the event had implemented a new (trial) pairing system to avoid clashes between players from same team.
Team Ranking was checked according to the players’ individual ranking.
Ms. Kim Hyang Hee, honorary director of Korea Amateur Baduk Association and Mr. Jang Gun Hyun, professional 3-dan attended the event as our Chief Judge.
The event focuses the interest of Brunei-Tourism andplayers were given optional tour to Jerudong Park, Night Market Gadong and night tour around the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Jame’Asr Hassanil Mosque.
City Day-Tour was organized on the 5th December bringing all players to Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosqueand Royal Regalia before making their way to Aminah Arif Restaurant for lunch.
Mr. Jang Geon-Hyeon, professional 3-dan from Korea played simultaneous games against 6 delegates from different countries as side event:Daniel Thalib (Indonesia), Yue YiFei (Singapore), Liaw KangYi (Malaysia), Tran Phuoc Dinh (Vietnam), LO Yu Chih (Taiwan) and Sirithep Chen (Thailand).
While the other tables were by Kamon SANTIPOJANA (Thailand), Tung Wei-Chen and Chen Hun-Kun from Taiwan to give teaching games to low-dan/kyu players.
Closing Ceremony was commenced at 4pm by Pengiran Anak mohd. Sofian bin pengiran anak haji Ibrahim, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport.
Individual Result: Champion – Kamon SANTIPOJANA (Thailand) 2nd Place – Tung Wei Chen (Taiwan) 3rd Place – Chang Fu Kang (Malaysia)
Team Result: Champion Team – Singapore Team 2 2nd Place Team – Singapore Team 1 3rd Place Team – Vietnam Team 2