19th August 2012 in the Online Daily Telegraph:
It is billed as the Olympics of the mind. As the world's athletes flew home from Britain last week, competitors of a different kind were gathering just across the English Channel for an international contest of their own: the World Mind Sports Games.
We're pleased to be able to announce that the UK team for the events at the forthcoming World Mind Sports Games in Lille, France during August is:
Tom Urasoe writes:
It is our great pleasure to inform you that we plan to hold The Nihon Ki-in Summer Go School from 27 August 2012 for 10 days in Japan. (Most of the programs will be held at The Nihon Ki-in.)
Francis Roads has written in to remind us that the Castledine-Barnes Trust might be able to give financial support for younger players wishing to attend.
This is available to Under-21 year old players in full time education.
If you're interested please contact Francis Roads directly.
The Nihon Kiin has announced its Summer Go School:
The Summer Go School is the intensive go program for overseas go players which includes workshops, teaching games by pros and go camp.
If you want to get stronger in short time period and want to experience, feel and touch Japanese Go culture, it would be just for you!
A new policy has been introduced to encourage young players to join and improve their Go:
"The first three prizewinners of the European and the US Youth Go Championships under 12 and 18 (totally 12 people) get free places at the Insei League. Go Champions under 12 and 18 of any country get 3 months of the League instead of 1 for $95.
Did you know that the Nihon Kiin has a presence on Facebook, providing updates on their tournaments etc in English? Just search for Nihon Kiin.
They have also released Tsumego Master for the iPad/iPhone.
The Nihon Ki-in have announced that Noriyuki Nakayama, 6dan professional, died on 16th February 2010 aged 77. He was a well known and much loved professional teacher at many European and American Go Congresses and author of the book "The Treasure Chest Enigma".
When President Obama visited China in November 2009 he presented Preident Hu Jintao with a Go or Weiqi set. It consisted of a US-made wooden board and Chinese jade stones in American glass bowls, showing a fusion between the culture and skills of the two countries. You can see see the board being made in the AGA E-Journal report. No doubt Obama's knowledge of Chinese culture gained through this gift helped when he met the Dalai Lama on 18th February 2010.