On 8th April at 6 PM at the Bozar Ciné 1, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (www.BIFFF.net) will show "The Divine Move" - a Korean thriller in which the central theme is baduk !
The organisation of the BIFF offer the Belgian Go Federation 20 free places to our members.
Should you be interested to receive a free entrance, you only have to send us an e-mail (email@example.com) BEFORE 01/04 with your firstname and name.
In "exchange", we would like you to promote (= speak about) the film and the BIFF among your friends, relatives,...(should they play "go"...or not !).
For those who are interested, the Dutch federation is hosting a wintercamp in Overasselt.
More info can be found here
For those who are interested; the Go-club from Eindhoven is hosting the 35th edition of their tournament on 15-16 November.
The American Go Foundation just released a new book free for download. It is a complete introduction to the game of go, known as baduk in Korea. The rules are thoroughly explained with lots of examples and exercises to guide the beginner to master the rules.
This is most certainly a nice book to recommend to newcomers in clubs and it could be used as a teaching material. You can download it by following this link : http://agfgo.org/downloads/LoveBaduk.pdf .
Christopher Annachachibi, a Belgian player from Brussels, just launched a website dedicated to the game of go. He describes it as a "plateforme d’échange de connaissances et d’expériences sur le Go. Commentaires de parties en ligne ou hors ligne."
There is also a nice guide for beginners. Have a look at http://c2p.hisoland.be/ .
The place was very noisy and busy; teaching Go is not easy when the players can't even sit and the teacher can't talk louder than the Japanese drums. We invite all interested players to join the nearest club or try KGS to play online. Note: there is a small mistake in the papers, the club organizing lessons for beginners is located in 1083 Ganshoren (not 1038). More info on the clubs page.
Dear new players, don't try to buy hundreds of books to get started. Don't even watch Hikaru again. Just play, play many many games, and you'll become very strong soon. Good luck!
If you want to learn Go or if you've just learned how to play, you might be interested to meet other people who are in your case. That kind of activity will be organised in Liège soon, please doodle here : http://doodle.com/d2itmqigcqyz8p2e
Find more info on madeinasia.be.
On the 14-15th of March was standing the "Made in Asia" convention, at Brussels Expo. The BGF had a 27m^2 stand to hold. Only four people had a badge and stayed the both days, but additionnal players (we were maybe 8) came to help them taking care of all the "eager young minds" requesting to learn Go.
On the Saturday : it took half an hour to people to come, then we've quickly been saturated with people, during almost all the day.
Most of people came in couple, had heard about the game thanks to Hikaru no Go. Some were attracted by the magnetic giant goban, and had no idea what game was it.
The mood was relaxed, we have 10 people interested by a "beginner session" to contact. A lot more seemed enthousiastic about the game, and will probably talk about it around, which is a good publicity for the game.
Special thanks to Cedric Declerfayt who brang the gear to the convention, and to Jean-Denis Hennebert who came to bring it back on the Sunday evening.
You can find pictures here.