*Author’s words”

Xinwen
Xinwen

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Hello! This is the very first time I, Xinwen, would personally voice out instead of a 3rd person view. The year 2008, indeed was a fulfilling year first time in my life, a dream which gradually turned into a reality, a great story to proclaim.

Hence, the reader may know what had i achieved and where had i been to in this 2008 just for the sake of Go.

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*Toyota-Denso World Go Oza Singapore Qualifying match*

Haidar in Oza Singapore
Haidar in Oza Singapore (March)

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Firstly, march of 2008, was the first time the Igo Society of Brunei got invited from Singapore Weiqi Association; with great honour, Haidar Mu’ien (1-kyu) represented Brunei and participated in the Toyota-Denso World Go Oza Qualifying in Singapore.

I went there as an official along with an assistant, Hazim (5-kyu). Moreover, thanks to Hazim’s cousin – Aiman who let us stay at his place at orchard.

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*2nd Asian Amateur Baduk Championship*

2nd Asian Amateur Baduk Championship (May)
2nd Asian Amateur Baduk Championship (May)

The greatest moment of mine was to allow the Igo Society of Brunei to dispatch a team of 4 players:- Tan Peng Hui (5-kyu) and Lydia (9-kyu) played in the individual, while Hazim and Queenie (9-kyu) participated in the pairgo.

I was pleased and delighted enough to bring a team to participate, as I had failed to let Brunei participate in the 24th SEA GAMES, Go (Demonstration) in Thailand 2007.

Frankly speaking, It was quite embarrassing to bring such a weak teams. Its not like i had never warned them about preparing for the tournament, the fact was i had told them in 6 months advanced to train their go!

The next Asian Amateur Baduk Championship will be held in September 2009, which is still uncertain.

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*4th Brunei Amateur Tournament – Team (June)*

The 2nd CHMS Alumni Association Weiqi Tournament
The 2nd CHMS Alumni Association Weiqi Tournament

Immediately after returning to Brunei for a long Semester Break, I organized a mid-term tournament for the new members and the senior members, that was the 2nd CHMS Alumni Association Weiqi Tournament.

This was also the first time that we had 27 participants joining the tournament, and a team of 4 players, also the first great local achievement from my Society.

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*1st Taiwan CMC Top 10 Go Championship*

Taiwan Top 10 CMC go Championship
Taiwan Top 10 CMC go Championship

Right after the June Tournament in Brunei, i went to Taiwan for their first Asia International Tournament. It was also the first time i saw from the participants list that the weakest player was 2-dan (me and Jimmy CKY from Malaysia). I knew this tournament is very tough because Taiwan had made 21 Taiwanese inseis to participate in this competition.

The funny thing thing was that the Taiwan Official made a bet with the Korea Official whether the 3 top Korean players would managed to win throughout the whole competition without any losses. Haa- in the end the Korean owned all of them with streak win.

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*3rd Korea Prime Minister Cup*

3rd Korea Prime Minister Cup (November)
3rd Korea Prime Minister Cup (November)

Finally, one year after the previous Korea Prime Minister Cup, I thought about finally getting a change to avenge my performance, hoping to get a better result this time.

The weather was cooler, and much fun with Jayden and Sharen. And i got 46th/68th which was considered not bad.

Also, i have created a Visual Annual Report of the society, which i have already uploaded in Youtube. I think it is really fun to create a visual report like that to be uploaded in youtube.

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*Brunei Annual PairGo Tournament*

5th Brunei Amateur Go Tournament (December)
5th Brunei Amateur Go Tournament (December)

Annually, I have introduced in making a Pair Go tournament in December in which i believe it is a good practice for Brunei go players to improve their tacit knowledge and also helps to guide the weaker partner to a correct play.

[picture of group photo]
[picture of the banner]

Also our Annual Igo Society group photo with the Banner in which members are allowed to sign on it.

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*Lastly*

I’ve been on this path in the go world for more than 4 years, i guess there is no turning back for me at all. Firstly, I once take this game as a hobby until my ambition came arise when i have happened to see group of people representing Brunei, wearing one uniform…

The year of 2008 indeed a fulfilling year for me, and maybe for my friends as well. I do not have any much resolution for the year 2009 for Go. If there’s any i guess it would be that i wish for more go players, reviving Maktab Duli Go Club, make sure the existing players get stronger and be ready for any International Tournament.

As for myself, i hope to improve in my Go skill and reaching 5dan in 2010, which i think is not an easy task!

When sometime i think about academic as career and go as dream, i know go is definitely outweight in the interest of studying. I think its really tough to be the leader and there is no reliable assistant. Sometime i really get pissed with the members of being reluctant, and giving up a task so easily, “never know when you didn’t try!”.

Anyway, Happy new year for all of the go players out there!