This July, Brian Allen and Sonny Cho taught Wei Qi at the Bel Red Bilingual Academy Summer School. We had 24 students for 4 mornings. Many of the students were very young, going into kindergarten and 1st grade this fall, but they were good students and caught on quickly. The Go Center also taught a class for the summer camp organized by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW). This August, we will be teaching at the Feminist Karate Union summer camp.
On Wednesday night, we had cake in honor of Go Seigen’s 100th birthday, with the slogan “Go Go Seigen”. Considered the greatest player of the 20th Century, Go Seigen (吳清源) is still playing and studying Go in Japan. Go Seigen was a 12 year old prodigy living in China when our benefactor, Kaoru Iwamoto, first played him. From what we’ve read, Iwamoto Sensei may have been the first Japanese professional to play Go Seigen. By the time he was 14, Go Seigen was already of professional strength, and he moved to Japan from China to study and play Go. There is a good summary of his long life at Sensei’s Library.
The Nihon Ki-in has organized a Go workshop in Tokyo for adults and college students from August 26 – Sept 4. This is for players 10 kyu and stronger, and it is designed for non-Japanese players. It includes cultural tours, instruction from pros, and participation in a large amateur tournament. The prices look very reasonable, especially for Tokyo. For more information, please visit: http://www.summer-go-school.info/#/home