IGF Director's Report 2004
c/o the Nihon Ki-in, 7-2, Gobancho,
Email: igf @ nihonkiin.or.jp
To: The European Go Federation
Attn.: Member Organisations and the Executive
Ref.: International Go Federation European Director's Report
CC.: Zoran Mutabzija, former vice-president
Martin Stiassny, director
Yamamoto Ri-ichi, secretary-general
I would like to inform you about the developments within the IGF last year.
General Assembly of International Sports Federations membership
Last year we submitted our application file for membership of the GAISF. Mr Yamamoto,
secretary general and I represented the IGF at the GAISF General Assembly in Lausanne in May this year. During a
very exciting meeting our application was accepted. The GAISF member
certificate is included as attachment 1. Membership of the GAISF means
international recognition of the game of Go and as such is a first step towards
recognition by the International Olympic Committee.
Co-operation between the Mind Sport Federations
Because of the growing membership and increasing globalization of the world of sports
recognition by the GAISF is essential for the future development of the IGF.
Before and after the General Assembly we staged meetings with the other major
Mind Sport Federations. Agreement was reached that extensive co-operation will
be in our mutual interest. At the beginning of October, connected to the GAISF
executive meeting, we will get together for the first time.
Membership of the GAISF will create possibilities for the IGF to help strengthen
infrastructure in the member countries. One
of the most important topics, of interest for all Mind Sports is the fact that
though internationally they are recognized as sport, this is not the case on
the national level. Capitalizing on the GAISF membership the IGF prepared
guidelines on how to work towards recognition by the National Sports Authority
and National Olympic Committee. These guidelines together with a letter by our
former president are also attached to this letter. An important step will be to
get in contact with the national associations of bridge, chess and draughts to
This year the World Amateur Go Championship took place in the beautiful city of Kurashiki,
Okayama prefecture. Sixty-four players competed for the JAL Cup. The Korean representative became world
champion without losing a game. The best European performance came from Bernard
Helmstetter from France, who was in contention for
the title until the last game. After losing against the Chinese Taipei, he
became fourth only one SODOS point behind the Chinese player. Other Europeans
on stage, receiving a prize were Laurent Heiser (Luxembourg) and Radek Nechanicky (10th,
Election of directors
Due to health reasons our president Mr. Toshimitsu was forced to resign. He is
succeeded by Kato Masao, who also is the new president of the Nihon Ki-in. This
year Zoran Mutabzija has decided not to stand for re-election as
vice-president. Both gentleman were thanked for their work for the IGF. Martin
Stiassny (Germany) was elected as second European director.
The new vice-presidents are Wang Runan China, Eduardo Lopez Herrero
(Argentine) and Erik Puyt (Netherlands)
World ratings system
At the directors meeting, it was decided to
establish a working group that would study the possibility of developing a
world rating system. Rather than choose between existing systems, the current
proposal presented by the AGA will work to create an Asian rating system (for China, Korea and Japan
for the time being), and test the feasibility of rank and rating conversion between the
This development has urged the IGF office to reconsider the lines of communication.
As you know this has resulted in a different format of the IGF publication "Ranka"
combined with a newly developed and to be expanded webpage, provisionally
The IGF office depends on your contribution to develop this webpage. Please send a
report about the activities in your country.
Lastly, the IGF directors play an important role in establishing and
maintaining contact with our Asian partners. Visiting the WAGC and IGF meeting
is a perfect opportunity to thank our sponsors and discuss future
possibilities. This year Tony Atkins and I met with representatives from
Fujitsu Corporation, IGS-Pandanet, the new President of the Nihon Ki-in and the new Director
of the Overseas Department.
In conclusion, I hope this report improves your understanding of the activities of
Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
With best regards,