EYGC training camp in Prague
By Tony Claasen | News | 07.03.2022 12:10| Views: 3631
On Friday before the start of the Go-Camp in Prague I was part of an anti-war demonstration with over 150.000 people joining to demonstrate against the Russian invasion and war in the Ukraine.
This war is having a big impact on the social life of every one in Europe, and now also in the go community as a lot of players from both Ukraine and Russia can not participate in the Camp or in the EYGC.

Andrii Kravets and his group of students

The training camp started on the 6th of March and for three days over 20 children were studying go in several groups lead by Andrii Kravets 1P, Lukáš Podpěra 7d, Jan Šimara 6d and Adriana Tomšů 2d.

The group training with Lukáš Podpěra

And the group trained by Jan Šimara and Adriana Tomšů

I was able to have a small interview with almost all the participants of the Go-Camp, in some cases the best part was using hands and feet to get the question translated.

I asked everyone the following two questions:

1. Do you have other hobbies apart from go
2. Do your parents play go, and if not, then who taught you this game?


Naumenko Sofie, UA, Kyiv,  20k, 10 years

1. Drawing
2. Papa plays stronger than Mama

Jakub Klika, CZ,  Chrustenice, 19k, 12 years

1. Sport
2. Dad is 2k and taught me to play go

Dominik Hrdina, SK,  Bratislava, 10k,  12 years

1. Table tennis
2. Dad 2d and Mama 4k, taught me how to play

Jakub Kolář, CZ,  Praha, 17k, 12 years

1. Handball.
2. no, Jana Hricová taught me the rules

Barcza Bora, HU,  Budapest, 20k, 11 years

1. drawing
2. no, Mama introduced me to a board game club where I learned to play go.

Oleksandra Vlasenko, UA,  Kyiv,  8k, 13 years

1. Sport
2. No, Vika Simonenko taught me the rules

Handwritten just before to computer was invented

Oliver Seman, SK,  Kosice, 8k, 15 years

1. Programming
2. No, Zuzka Králiková introduced me to Go and taught me the rules

In the beginning there was Chaos

Petr Adámek, CZ,  Praha, 20k, 11 years

1. Programming
2. No, Jana Hricová taught me the rules.

Vojtĕch Bočan, CZ,  Praha, 13k, 14 years

1. Cycling
2. No, Jana Hricová

Bartolomĕj Dach, CZ,  Mikulov, 6k,  9 years

1. E-game
2. Papa is 4d and Mama 4k

Spike Shamoon,  UK,  London, 4k,  16 years

1. Rowing, circus stuff
2. Dad 1d

solving a problem!

Daria-Maria Mesesan,  RO,  Cluj-Napoca, 6k,  19 years

1. Dance
2. No, Darius Dobranis taught me the rules.

Jan Komin, CZ,  Prague, 5k,  11 years

1. Football
2. No, mom brought me to a chess & go club.

Bende Barcza, HU,  Budapest, 5k,  8 years

1. Fencing
2. no, Akos

Roman Naumenko, UA,  Kiiv, 9k,  13 years

1. Volleyball
2. no, my sister introduced me to go.

Peter Simon,  HU,  Budaors, 4k,  17 years

1. Swimming and rock climbing
2. No, a teacher in school taught me the rules

Lukasz Kudla, UK,  edinburgh, 10k,  8 years

1. Football
2. Dad 1d

Ovsiienko Tymofii, UA,  Kyiv,  8k,  9 years

1. Music,
2. No, my Brother 4-dan taught me the game.

preparing the welcome

Andrew Volovich, UK,  Cambridge, 7k,  10 years

chess, math, tennis
No, chess and go club paul smith,introduced by sister

Ovsiienko Vsevolod, UA,  Kyiv, 4d,  13 years

1. Board games and reading
2. No, mom took me to the go club

Dita Vášová, CZ,  Kostelec u Krizku, 1d,  19 years

1. Dance, flute, math
2. No, Jana Hricová introduce me to the game and rules

Football was played aswell.

Robin Popov,  CZ,  Frydek-Mistek, 2k,  18 years

1. Programming, reading, brave slave
2. No, Petr Valasek taught me the rules

Rostislav Litovkin, CZ,  Praha, 3k,  17 years

1. Programming, VIDEO EDITING and go
2. No, Jana Hricová taught me how to play

Olesia Malko, UA,  Rivne, 2d,  13 years

1. Dancing,
2. No, my brother 1-dan taught me how to play

Dobranis Denis, RO,  Bistrita, 4d,  18 years

1. Dance, tennis, programming
2. Dad 7k, my brother taught me the rules

Antoni Bugaj, PL,  Warsaw, 2k,  13 years

1. Football, basketball
2. Dad 6k,  mom 10k, sister 18k, dad taught me the rules

Cyprian Doruch,  PL,  Torun, 1k,  19 years

1. Minature painting, books, Formula 1
2. No, friends at a japanese event taught me the rules

Hello Darkness, Andrii analysing a game

In short the go camp was a big success, with a lot of go and fun.
The players were introduced to new ideas, which they could then try out in their games. Many new friendships (independent from the spoken language) were born. Communication with just hands and feets still seem to work perfectly fine.
EYGC training camp in Prague

This article was written by Antonius Claasen

Born 31th of January 1962, in 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands
started playing go 1979
Promotion to 1 Dan in 1981, after the Go Congress in Linz.
Promotion to 4 Dan in 1985 After the Go Congress in Terschelling.
Eurpean Champion 13X13 in 1984
European Team Champion in 1985, together with Frank Janssen and Joost Cremers.
I have 5 children and live at the moment in Hamburg Germany.

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