EGF Ing Grant Report 2001-2002

Summary

Through the grant of $80000 received from the Ing Chang-Ki Weichi Educational Foundation in the year ending May 2002, 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 2002

The Ing Cup every second year is away from the European Go Centre. So this year it was from 8th to 10th March in St Petersburg. It was held in the large modern Hotel St Petersburg and contestants were treated to Russian caviar and champagne. This year the 24 qualified players were from 12 countries and graded from 4 to 7 dan. Winner was the Russian Alexandr Dinerstein (Dinerchtein) with a perfect six. Second was Guo Juan (7 dan) who lost to Christian Pop of Romania. Third was the Korean from Russia, Lee Hyuk. Britain's Matthew Macfadyen was equal sixth (with Florescu) on 4 wins out of 6. He lost to Csaba Mero (6 dan Hungary) placed fourth and fifth placed Dmitri Surin (6 dan Russia); he beat 11 year old Ilja Shikshin (brother of Russian Svetlana Shikshina), Leszek Soldan (Poland), Geert Groenen (Netherlands) and Dmitriy Bogackij (Bogatskiy) (Ukraine). Having solved the problem of visas to get to the event, an unexpected twist was not being allowed to take your prize money away with you, thanks to Russian currency laws, but everyone got their money eventually.

World Youth Goe Championships

This was held in Hawaii in summer of 2001. 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 2002

This year the EYGC was held at the Hotel Krystal in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic from 14th to 17th March. This year the event was naturally attended by many Czech children and kids from countries further east. Organisation went well apart from the hitch at the start of round one where both groups of players were numbered starting from the single Board One. Lots of fun events were arranged, such as Pair Go, explanations of the Ing Goe rules, and games against and commentaries by professional Yuki Shigeno. Pal Balogh (5 dan Hungary) won the 109-player under-18 section. Second was Timur Dugin (3 dan Russia) and third was Oleg Mezhov (4 dan Russia). All three won 5 out of 6. Best of the 88-player under-12 group were Andrej Kravec (2 kyu Ukraine) and Andrej Kashaev (5 kyu Russia), also both on 5 out of 6. The lucky youngsters selected by lot from the top places who will be going to Phuket in Thailand for the World Youth Goe Championships in August were Balogh, Dugin, Antoine Fenech (France), Kravec, Kashaev and Konstantin Lopatjuk (Ukraine).

Ing Goe Equipment

The Ing Timers and Goe Sets, continue to be received and distributed to European countries, such as Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Hungary and the United Kingdom. Thanks to the European Go and Cultural Centre, cardboard 9x9 starter sets have been made available for use in teaching children and have been very popular. In addition excess old sets have for the first time been sent to a third world country to help develop Goe amongst under-privileged children.

European Go Congress

Of course the European Go Congress in Dublin was played according to Ing Rules, using the Ing Timers and Goe Sets. This was the largest tournament ever in the British Isles and Ireland together and received coverage in National Newspapers.

Investment

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

Ing Grants 2001-2002

New projects for 2001-2002 were launched in the United Kingdom, Czechia, Bosnia, Poland and Hungary.

Ing Grants 2000-2001

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

POLAND

Summer Goe Camp, held in Tuchola from 29/06/01 to 08/07/01, was an event aimed at young players, This turns the Summer Goe Camp into more and more family event, which seems to be enjoyed by all participants.
The schedule allows for the children to get a decent dose of Goe knowledge at two three-hour sessions of Goe instruction (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). As for the parents they are free to enjoy beautiful surroundings of Tuchola County. Family character has one more advantage more people are able to enjoy Polish Pair Go Championship, which immediately follows SGC.
The before mentioned schedule is filled in by four teachers who take care of two groups of children. Groups are set according to the strength of the players. Small groups allow for a lot of one on one instruction. With about 10 children per group and 2 teachers in every group there is a lot of progress and considerable increase in playing strength for many children. Every day problem sheets are handed out and after they are handed in the scores are counted and all problems are solved by the whole class. Teachers keep track of the problem solving ability through whole Camp. There are two tournaments a ladder for weaker and handicap event for stronger players. At the end of the camp winners received diplomas and small prizes. (Total cost about 150 euro)
There are also accompanying events as every year. We are trying not to overload children with Goe content, so that they willingly return every year. Goe is naturally the main focus but we are trying it to make a means of socializing and promoting fair play not only on the board.
Although we are trying to keep all of our events very affordable we were able to provide refinancing for the children at only 50% of accommodation and full boarding cost and refinanced 100% of the costs of the teachers. They received free accommodation and boarding, but no tuition fees. This was expense of 2900 euro. One of the events (canoe trip) was also sponsored by PGA. Parents and other accompanying adults had to cover all of their expenses (about 12 euro a day). Since we managed to get some sponsors our total expense was approximately 2400 euro.
This event is constantly growing and as we keep our promoting activities will be getting bigger every year.
Below are scenes from the Polish Goe Camp
Slawek Piela PGA president

PORTUGAL

We have been distributing flyers through Devir Arena, the Japan-Portugal Friendship Association, the Portuguese Chess Federation, and directly in chess tournaments, with quite good results: we presently receive more and more requests from all over the country! Below is summary of events:
  • Summer Camp, Introductory course, 26 participants aged 9 to 12 years
  • Summer Camp, Introductory course, 23 participants aged 14 to 17 years
  • Science Week, Introductory sessions and demonstrations, around 100 participants.
  • Joseki course, around 10 participants
    Jose Teles de Menezes - President APdeG

    FRANCE


    Details of the extensive French Ing Project were in a separate report.
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