EGF Ing Grant Report 2000-2001

Summary

Through the grant of $80000 received from the Ing Chang-Ki Fund in the year ending May 2001, much was done to promote Goe amongst children and to promote the Ing rules in Europe. Additionally receipt of Ing Goe equipment enabled the use of Ing rules in important championships. For the continued support of the Ing Chang-Ki Foundation many Goe teachers and countless Goe players, mostly children, are extremely grateful.

Ing Chang-Ki Memorial Cup 2001

This was held in March in the EGCC in Amsterdam. 24 of the top European players were selected to take part. No player was unbeaten but the winner on tie-break was European Champion Alexander Dinerchtein (7 dan Russia). Losing the tie were Guo Juan (7 dan), Laurent Heiser (6 dan) and Christian Pop (6 dan). 57 players entered the side event.

World Youth Goe Championships

This was held in Prague in Czechia in summer of 2000. Ing Fund money helped the European children by allowing support from team captains. The costs of the event itself were funded separately by the Ing Fund.

European Youth Goe Championships

These were very popular this year. Over 100 children attended the championships in Ustron, Poland. Travel grants enabled children from Romania, Slovakia and Russia to attend, and had more money been available large numbers from the Ukraine could have attended too. The Ing Fund money meant that accommodation for the children and helpers was affordable to eastern Europeans, but because of the location regrettably few from the west of Europe attended. Winners were Pal Balogh (4 dan Hungary) and Ilia Chikchine (2 dan Russia) in under 18 and under 12 respectively

Ing Goe Equipment

As well as supplying Ing Timers and Goe Sets, the Ing Fund provided money so that 300 Goe boards could be purchased for use at important events, such as the European Go Championships, which are played with Ing Rules.

Toyota Tour Support

Ing Funds have been able to support a reduction in the budget for the European Toyota Goe Tour. As a consequence it is expected the finals of the Tour will be played using Ing Rules.

Investment

Continued support of European Goe has been provided by transfer some of the Ing Funds to investment accounts of the EGF.

Ing Grants 2000-2001

New projects for 2000-2001 were teaching projects in France and Portugal, support of the Poland children's Goe camp, and a new tournament in Slovenia to be played with Ing Rules.

Ing Grants 1999-2000

Ing Fund supported various projects in nine European countries in 1999-2000. Czechia, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain and Yugoslavia were all helped. Some were provided with Goe equipment and others with funds to cover teaching and printing costs. For example Spain reprinted their Goe teaching material that is produced in Spanish, Netherlands ran some training courses and Russia received equipment and support. Italy produced leaflets, posters and starter sets, but also used these at the Cagli games festival and during events at Tarquinia, Bari, Bologna and Milano.

Details of various projects are described below, reports provided by members of the countries themselves:


Hungary

Report on actions of Ing project in Hungary - year 2000

The Ing project of Hungarian Go Association contained several actions:

  1. Starting activities in the new club of Zenta str. 5 in eleventh district of Budapest

    In January 2000 we made an agreement to use this newly reconstructed Internet café as a main Goe club and place for beginners' courses and smaller tournaments. The café is partly owned by a member of HGA Mr. Cserményi, whose 3 daughters are between 3 and 9 kyu at present, so we expect this place to be a long term home of HGA.

    After buying a TV and VCR set (the TV is used only as a VCR display in fact) we organised two courses - each two hours - for middle level kyu players. Our teacher was Gábor Szabics 5 dan, his lessons were recorded to video tape, and later we played back these recordings several times already for different groups in Budapest and Székesfehérvár. The material was similar to that Gábor Szabics will present on the Baduk Seminar organised in Seoul, Myongji University in May 2001.

  2. Paper Goe sets for school children and central beginners' course

    From March 2000 we constructed a promotion action in the schools of this (biggest) district of Budapest. Prepared 1500 copies of small pamphlets about game of Goe combined with very simple questions on the last page, like "how many liberties does this group of stones have?" Also we prepared around 100 sets of paper Goe sets with A4 sized 9x9 "tables" and very cheap coloured small paper discs. We have distributed the pamphlets to around 30 elementary schools, and to all children, who replied to the questions on a postcard, we sent a free, paper Goe set.

    We hoped to get many interested children's address and organise a beginner's course for them. Unfortunately the action was not so successful as we expected. Only half of the sets were used, and from those children we could organise only one 10 participant course. We have learnt from this not satisfactory result that promotion of Goe to small children is not possible without personal presence. The remains of the material were used in Székesfehérvár later. The beginner's course however is continued by Sándor Kõszegi 2 dan almost every Saturday between 4-7 p.m. in the club during school years, only weekends when he travels with his daughter Diána Kõszegi 6 dan (Hungarian Champion and European Youth Champion '2000) to big tournaments are exceptions.

    The audience is of course changing continuously. You can find his teaching material in HTML form on our homepage www.cs.elter.hu/go under the point Go-ról (about Goe). It is based on his own experience and original ideas about vital points of shapes when attacking or defending.

  3. Ing rules in Hungarian, continuous and children tournament using Ing rules. Using a small pamphlet of EGF and the full material downloaded from the Internet I have translated and summarised the Ing rules of Goe (definition of the game, Goe set, counting the result, using Ing timer and Ing sets, tournament and handicap rules). After distributing to all members of HGA, we have started a continuous tournament using Ing rules to increase playing activity. In this tournament every player can play up to 10 handicap games with any other player on any place any time, and only the results must be communicated to the record keeper person, Péter Dienes 3 kyu. Although Ing rules are set as a basis, timers are generally not used in these games (players can agree on the time limits freely). Now we are in the second year of this continuous tournament which is very popular between our members.

  4. Children courses of Sándor Kõszegi in an elementary music school

    Most of our new children players came out from these courses held between April - June 2000 for 3 classes in another district in Budapest. Altogether around 60 children took part on it, two-third of costs of the course and some small presents for each participant was paid for by HGA, and one-third by the participating children. We have found generally that participants are taking more seriously the course and learn more if they must pay a small amount for it. The personal development of some children was sometimes astonishing at the end of each course. These were held on Friday afternoons, 2 times teaching and the last time is a small tournament with presents at the end. The 1st placed chose first from the toys then 2nd etc.

  5. Summer Goe Camp with Ing tournament, children course and Tozawa 9-dan pro

    The biggest event during our project was the summer Goe camp, where we had Tozawa Akinobu 9-dan professional player with his wife as guests, they came to us after visiting Poland. Tozawa 9-dan gave simultaneous games, spoke generally on his viewpoint of the game (translated from Japanese) and analysed some games played between our strong players).

    I repeated the Ing rule course for the participants - they were around 60 persons altogether, more than half of them children. Some children came from a nearby special Életfa elementary school in town Keszthely, which was built by help of Japan Foundation to teach about Japanese culture, and was visited by Yasuda 9-dan in the previous Autumn.

    The first weekend tournament during the camp was played with Ing rules with around 30 participants.

  6. Activities of Origo club in Székesfehérvár

    There is a relatively new but very active group of players in town Székesfehérvár (west-Hungary), who had also applied for Ing grant separately.

    In some sense they form a sub-organisation of HGA until we cannot form a Goe federation officially in Hungary. Last year they organised successfully our Fujitsu GP in May 2000.

    It is only an example of their activity, the Ing project was not connected with the GP event. According to the number of their members we agreed that they will use a proportional part of the Ing grant received in town Székesfehérvár, since this help was received principally by the whole Hungarian Goe community as we think. Look at the homepage http://www.axis.hu/origo you will see their work in promoting go. They always have the latest information on their homepage, carry two cars full of quickly developing children (most of them now around 10 kyu) to all Hungarian tournaments, organise special tournaments like the end-year tournament last year, invite strong players from Budapest to give lessons there.

    Anyway it seems they use very effectively their limited resources, and it is possible they will "grow on our heads" some time. Since standing on more legs is crucial in our situation, where we have quite a few active paying members and need countryside activity get into a position later of forming an official sport federation, their activity is very useful for the whole Hungarian Goe community.

    Thank you very much for your help!


Romania

The work for this project had been divided between some Goe clubs, in order to get better results from all the promoting efforts. The promoting activities were developed mainly in the following Goe centres: Braila, Slobozia, Turnu Severin, Bistrita and Baia Mare.

The Braila Goe centre is the strongest youth Goe centre at this moment and one of the most important Goe centre in Romania. The local co-ordinator is Dr. Iulian Toma, who had been the National Youth Co-ordinator since 1992 (and now he is the President of the Romanian Goe Federation). His efforts were sustained by Liliana Iacob, Catalin Albu, Gonciar Stefan, Iulian Nastasache, Barbascu Eugen and some others, in order to promote Goe in the local schools, using mainly the Ing rules for teaching. As a result, there had been more than 500 children who learned the Goe rules and now we can find about 160-200 regular players in the Goe clubs in Braila.

The Braila Goe centre, based on a local Goe Association named "WATARI", edited a Goe bulletin and placed it on internet. See http://members.xoom.com/iulianGOpage/index.htm for the list of the local regular players and some more information about the local Goe activities.

The youth Goe players from Braila had been quite successful in the National Youth Championships, taking almost all the national titles in the last 2 years. They also were the first Romanian Youth players in Sinaia, in the European Youth Goe Championships, this year, both in the under 12 and in the 18 groups. Nevertheless, we consider that these results are not directly related to the promotion programm that we did. Anyway, there was easier to spread the game of Goe in the area, based on such a strong basis. To be more specific, the results of two current title holders in Romania, Magarita Ionut (aged 13) and Coman Gabriela (aged 9) and the very existence of this two players in our Goe organisation can be considered as a direct result of this promoting program.

The Slobozia Goe club is another important Goe centre in Romania. Both these two centres received a great help in promoting Goe due to the visits made by two professional players, Mr. Yasuda Yasutoshi-9dan pro and Miss Yuki Shigeno-2dan pro. Yuki had been in Romania twice in the last years and visited a lot of schools in those two cities and in Bucharest. The results of the Slobozia Goe Centre are shown in the additional presentation booklet and are also quite impressive. There are about 600 Children in the main cities of the district that learned the rules and there are more than 100 regular Goe players from this centre.

The Bistrita Goe centre is also quite successful, due to the efforts made by Teodor Virtic, the local Goe organiser. He also made a Goe foundation, named "KIYOMIZU" and there are more than 200 Goe players in this city, most of them still in the schools. Their efforts were rewarded by taking the National Youth Goe title under 10, quite one month before. Also, their youth team made a good impression in Sinaia, where had been about 25 players, most of them in the under 12 group. So, we can expect some more from them in the future, based also on their steadiness.

The Severin Goe centre is based on the clubs from Drobeta-Tr.Severin, initiated and co-ordinated by Marcel Daescu, which is another dedicated Goe teacher. They also have some 400-500 young players and quite recently they organised an international Goe tournament, who received a lot of appreciates from the participants. The other Goe players from this city, mainly Emil Cenuse and George Bordea did also a good job on promoting Goe in the area.

The Goe club from Baia Mare is not as big as the others, but there are some 50-70 Goe players there, mostly children who take this game quite seriously. The local Goe trainer is Bela Nagy, who just graduated from University and who took charge of the Romanian Goe page on the Internet. He also made a Goe page for his club, at http://www.baiamare-club.go.ro and further information can be found there.

Unfortunately, there is no report on Bucharest, concerning this project. Of course, there are a lot of strong players there, there are a lot of tournaments that we organise there, the Romanian Go Federation is also in there, but we didn't find a dedicated Goe teacher in this area. Of course, we are still looking for one and we hope that in the near future we will have a lot of good things to report from Bucharest.


Czechia

Promotion material

The money was spent to produce short leaflets with basic information about Goe and rules of the game. The leaflets were produced partially by ourselves and as a result very cheaply. The leaflets were given to children on preliminary courses. Number of children participated on promotional lessons was about 1200. There were also bought 500 pieces of 9x9 Cardboard Goe Sets from EGCC. These Goe boards are given children at the beginning of regular lessons to support them with basic material for playing.

Teaching material

10 sets of literature were bought to equip children's club by basic literature. The books are to be teachers' libraries, which should help them with their lessons. There are such books like ‘Graded Go problems for beginners' 4 volumes, ‘Get Strong at Tesuji', Get Strong at Opening', ‘Learn to play Go', vol. I to III. Teachers use books to give problems for solving to children or to make a demonstration of opening strategy, good shape or let children find best moves. Books also can simply give hints to teachers about what to teach and how to teach. Books were bought at ‘Schaak en Gowinkel het Paard' shop in Amsterdam. Not all sets are completed yet because not all books we wanted to buy were available at the time we made shopping. Also 4 demonstration magnetic Goe boards were bought to provide new established children's clubs which did not have any by a demonstration Goe board for lessons. There were about 210 children who started regular Goe lessons at the beginning, after two months there remained about 120 children. Three clubs started children's activities when Children's Grand Prix appeared (Mikulov, Nymburk, Frydek-Mistek).

Children's Grand Prix

Goe books for beginners in Czech language were bought and also a Goe equipment (wooden Goe boards, set of stones, complete Goe sets, bowls for stones). That material was used as prizes for children on children's tournaments. Two new books of Goe problems were developed by Tomas Grosser on a Czech language for children – beginners. Each volume contains 270 problems and their solutions. Description is in a Czech language. Problems are organised from easier to more difficult. These books were also mainly distributed as prizes on children's tournaments and few were given to courses for internal use. Total number of children participating at these tournaments was 41. Some of them participated at all tournaments.

Travelling expenses

Travelling expenses paid to adults accompanied children to children's tournaments. There were 4 children's tournaments during season 1999/2000.

Summer camp

28 children participated on a summer Goe camp during June 2000. Money were spent to pay a stay to adults who take care of children, run lessons for them and organised their free time program.

Plans

Support new establishing children's course with basic teaching materials (demonstration Goe boards, Goe sets for use in clubs, basic libraries for teachers' use). There were new children's clubs established in Mikulov, Nymburk and Frydek-Mistek last year. That clubs are already partially equipped by now. This year there are new clubs, which do something with children, in Javornik, Jesenik and Pacov.

Help to complete Goe equipment of already existing children Goe clubs.

Production of more and new teaching material in Czech language. Material should be suitable for a wide distribution among children who want to learn Goe. Children should pay for that material but at the beginning we need to pay for first series of books until the money come back. Next reprints should be paid by money paid for the first series


Poland

Polish Go Association organized a Summer Goe Camp for children in Tuchola, Poland. In the camp, held from 18.07.2000 till 27.07.2000, took part 59 persons; 35 children and 24 adults, their foster-parents and Goe teachers. In most cases a few children were in one foster-parent's care, which enabled us to avoid legal and organizational problems and still made it possible for some parents to get to know go.

The participants were divided into two groups:

a) Beginners - children knowing only the rules of Goe (mostly only Ponnuki Goe) - 14 children,

b) Intermediate - children with well determined strength, at least 20 kyu - 7 children.

Everyday obligatory classes were divided into two parts: morning classes (2.5 hour) and afternoon classes (2 hours).

The main organizer was Wlodzimierz Malinowski, the main teacher was Jan Lubos, the other teachers were Roma Pszonka, Dariusz Targosz, Wiesław Sawicki and Wojciech Szychowiak. . The honorary guest was Mr. Masanori Tanaka 6d from Japan, who played many teaching games with the children.

Schedule of activities Beginners

Morning classes:

- 13x13 Ponnuki Goe tournament, round robin system with everybody playing each other twice with changing colours - first 3 days.

- Contests in solving Goe problems. Children were solving problems selected by Jan Lubos, a set of 20 elementary problems daily. The problems were picked out with different difficulty in every set and the difficulty was increasing with changing sets. The teachers discussed his/her solutions with every child.

- On 4-th, 5-th and 6-th days a ladder tournament was organized. The starting order was set according to the results the children got in the Ponnuki Goe tournament. Everybody played his/her neighbour on the ladder, the winner moved up the ladder, the loser moved down. More advanced children were playing on 19x19 boards.

Evening classes:

- games with assistance and commentary done by the teachers,

- teaching games with the teachers,

- continuation of the ladder tournament.

Intermediate group

Morning classes:

- Problem solving contests. Every test set contained 20 problems of 20-10 kyu difficulty.

- Teaching games with the teachers:

a) ordinary games with a proper handicap,

b) with no handicap but commented during the game.

Evening classes:

- Every day: team analysis of problems from morning tests.

- games with the assistance and commented by the teachers.

- games with the teachers.

- From the 4th day: ladder tournament. Starting order was set according to rank declared before camp.

Other activities.

Many other sport and recreational activities were organized, for example an interesting trip to a forest sanctuary and swimming in the lake. The children (and the parents) were leaving the camp satisfied and asked for a similar event in the next year.

Evaluation of teaching effects.

In the beginner group (before the camp the rank of the participants was in 23 kyu - 45 kyu range) seven children got the formal PGA 20 kyu certificate. Full effects of the camp should become more visible in a few months.

The other five children, that just knew the rules and could only play ponnuki Goe before the camp now can play a full game on 13x13 board and their technical skill do not differ much from the skill of players of about 20 kyu.

In the case of children from the intermediate group the full evaluation of the results of the teaching will be possible after 1-2 months observation of their play (and their performance in tournaments as well). But even now it is possible to see very distinct progress made by at least two of the children.

Summing up

All the participants of the camp: children, foster-parents and the teachers were satisfied with the event. It was a common request that the event should be continued in next years and all (sic!) the participants stated that it should be prolonged. In my opinion additional 3-4 days would enable almost every child (perhaps with one exception) to reach or distinctly surpass the threshold of 20 kyu and in the case of more advanced children the teaching could be more comprehensive.

The additional and intentional effect of the camp is full acceptation of Goe by the parents taking part in the camp, this will give profit in future by helping us to organize club activities for the children and to bring children on Goe tournaments.

The introductory project for the next year is to organize next Summer Goe Camp for children in 2001 with similar care system of the children (1 parent for 4-5 children) and partial payment for the children and foster-parents. Our intention is internationalization of the event in the future.