*Chinese New Year Greetings*
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone out there! Hope you all have a prosperous, joyful year ahead!!
Don’t forget to play more games! I mean Go!
*Happy New Year 2015*
The year of 2014 was definitely one of the greatest victories and a milestone. I am grateful to announce, the Association is prepared for any International scene but not fully equipped though.
Nevertheless, I thought everyone in the Association had done a great job fulfilling the tasks and mission. The International Go Tournament was not achieving satisfactory performance and still ranked Brunei one of the weakest again in South East Asia.
1) Thankful to Capital Residence Suite:
We have managed to get a place for all existing players to meet every Saturday Night at the cafeteria of Capital Residence Suite. Really grateful!
Thus, I have started arranging series of lessons for the players to level-up and to reach solid dan!
2) Learning from incident:
It was very very unfortunate to say, my last event “The 1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament” had cost a life. This had left a unforgettable impact in everyone even me; everyone of us there had done their best and donated their best amount to the family. Chai Hui and I had personally visited the family in Kuala Lumpur and talked about it.
Regardless…Brunei Darussalam Go Association had also learned from this dreadful experience and had discussed with Malaysia Go Association to conduct a strict safety precaution to the next International Invitational event which was agreed to be held in 2016.
3) Recruitment Strategy:
This has always been the greatest challenge ever since most of the existing players got graduated. The Association seriously need to “raid” some of the Brunei high-schools to promote and introduce the game of Go. Currently the Association’s advantage is having a meet-up place already in Capital Residence Suite!
4) Be Professional:
It is true that the Association has not been very professionally performed in organising and administrative works. This is very painful to deal with; as existing members started to have their own commitment and they could not spare an hour or two-hours in the Association or the game..!
*Opening Ceremony by See Hua Daily*
The 1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament was opened early morning 09 00 at Dewan Riadah of Pusat Belia on the 6th December, 2014. The opening speech was delivered by Guest of Honour was the Acting Deputy Director of Youth & Sports Department, Muhd. Aziman bin Awg. Nasir. Other guests including Dyg Siti Rozaimeriyanti binti DSLJ Hj Abd Rahman of Eco Bumi Arkitek, Amirul Syazmie Ibrahim of Pusat Belia, Mr. Zhen Li Dong (郑立东) of Political Cultural of Chinese Embassy of Brunei, Ms.Vanthanee of Vice President of Thailand Go Association, Mr.Tan Teng Chuan of the president of Singapore Weiqi Association, Jacky Yin – team leader of Zhu Hai China Team, Ren Kang of the president of Zhu Hai Weiqi Yuan and others.
The tournament comprised of total 44 players: 13 from Brunei, 14 from Kuala Lumpur, 3 from Kuching, 6 from China, 6 from Thailand and 2 from Singapore. The final booklet can be viewed here at Issuu:
The tournament uses McMahon System, 6 Rounds, Japanese Rules 6.5Komi. Prizes are given to Champion Team, Champion Individual, Brunei Individual Champion and Special Prizes.
[Picture Credit: Thailand Team]
Champion Individual: Wong Kai Le, Kuala Lumpur
2nd Place Individual: Ji ZhuoLin, Singapore
3rd Place Individual: Liu YanXi, ZhuHai-China *Promoted to Brunei 1-dan*
Champion Brunei Individual: Lim CheeMing
2nd Place Brunei Individual: Victor Wong
3rd Place Brunei Individual: Koo HawLin
Special Prize Champion: Michael Ling, Kuching
Special Prize 2nd Place: Suphasun, Thailand
Special Prize 3rd Place: Luo Mingji, ZhuHai-China
Champion Team: Brunei Team
2nd Place Team: Malaysia Team
3rd Place Team: Thailand Team
4th Place Team: China Team
[Picture Credit: Thailand Team]
In the morning we had side event whereas RenKang will play 8 players simultaneously. The result was he won them all.
[Credit: See Hua Daily]
We would have thought it was the greatest year but it also became the saddest good-bye to one of the greatest Go Master, Go Seigen (吳清源) Who passed away at the age of 100 on 30th November, 2014.
I left with the deepest disappointment; I could have hold his hand and met him with my own eyes in Singapore – but i chose to stay at Kuala Lumpur that week (what a fool I am! What a fool!)
Go Seigen was a sensei and inspiration to the modern go era. He had shown the world a new possibility in the game of Go. He was also one of the greatest go player to be studied by all Go enthusiasts..
Good-bye吴清源大师，a prodigy thought to be Honinbo Shusaku’s reincarnate.
*The Go Master, story of Go Seigen*
Please get the film, featuring Go Seigen’s past life.
*Appearance in Brunei Times*
As Brunei Times continue to be the official media partner, Brunei Darussalam Go Association is proud to advertise the event poster on the Brunei Times newspaper since Tuesday 2nd December, 2014..! The advertisement should goes on until the event started..
Its been a long way and too much of effort with time constraint. Thank you all!
[credit to Rebecca, Brunei Times]
It was definitely a great honour to get featured by Brunei Times to introduce the game of Go. Regardless, the reporter/journalist had even done their research looking up for extra information! great!
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[credit to: Rashid]
It was a great honour to again (https://xinwengolife.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/being-interview-in-rtb/) to talk about the game of Go on the 30th November, 2014 live on Radio Television Brunei at Rampai Pagi. This time the Association brought ChaiHui, JinQuan & Ray together with Xinwen for the interview.
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the 1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament is just a week away from now on the 6th ~ 7th December , 2014. There are still many works left yet to fulfill before the event; it is going to be exciting month in December.
Anyone who is seeing this message to come over to Pusat Belia, Bandar to not only support the local team but you can also learn how fascinating is Go! The game has no limit to gender, age or skin colour!
so… come come come!
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*Pilihan FM Mandarin*
Brunei Darussalam Go Association was lucky to get interviewed by DJ Mayting from the local Pilihan FM Mandarin 95.9 on the 19th November and was broadcast on 20th November 4.50pm locally.
The interview covered the topics of introduction of Brunei Darussalam Go Association, the game of Go, and introducing the upcoming “1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament”
There will be English Interview soon as well, please stay tune and follow us in http://www.facebook.com/groups/BruneiGo
The 19th Asian University Go Tournament 2014 will be held in Chiang Rai, Thailand from the 12th November to the 17th November.The event is one of the most highlighted ones hosted by Thailand Go Association to bring all students from around Asia together.
Jin Quan (6-kyu) will be participating in his second International Event after the South East Asia Weiqi Tournament from last year 2013 in Singapore. While Ray (8-kyu) will be making his debut in his first International Tournament.
Be sure to check us up at http://www.facebook.com/groups/BruneiGo for more information!