Monday September 9, 2013
Wang Runan 8P, the President of the Chinese Weiqi Association, last week asked the British to return the Weiqi Classic, also known as the Dunhuang Go Manual, to China. The manuscript, which dates back to the ninth century, is a copy of the earliest known manual of go, known as weiqi (or weichi) in China, where the game originated; the original manual is thought to have originated in the sixth century. It was taken from the “Library Cave” in Dunhuang, China in 1907 by Aurel Stein and is now in the collection of the British Library in London.
Wang was speaking at a press conference at the British Museum on September 5 to publicize British-Chinese Weiqi Cultural Exchange Event held on September 7 at the museum, hosted by the UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture and the East Midland Youth Chinese Organisation, in cooperation with the British Go Association (BGA).
A partial English translation of the fascinating text of the Weiqi Classic, with notes, can be found in the Library’s database entry for the item.
Report by Tony Collman, British Correspondent for the E-Journal. Photos: BOTTOM LEFT: Wang Runan, by Tony Collman, displaying fan with calligraphy spelling out 10 principles of weiqi; TOP RIGHT: The Weiqi Classic (beginning), courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project, British Library. NOTE: this report has been updated to reflect that Wang Runan is President (not Vice Chairman) of the Chinese Weiqi Association.
Sunday August 18, 2013
The Play More Go project has released two more videos, What is it about? and Master the Game. Professionally produced by Sven and Lars Walther, the brief videos are designed to provoke interest in the game by a broader audience. All three of the videos are good introductions to go and would be suitable for posting on a go club’s website or Facebook page. “It’s not a game,” the narrator says in “More than a Game,” Play More Go’s first video. “It’s a feeling. An experience. It’s an art. A science…a sport…a craft. “ In “What is it about” (left) the narrator says “It’s not about power. It’s not about experience. Nor wealth, nor education…what is it about? Find out. Play it. Go.” And in the latest, “Master the Game” (right), he says “Know yourself. Master the game. Just go.” While the commercial-like videos have generated some criticism from viewers who feel there’s “not enough go” the general consensus seems to be that they’re effective at making go more accessible to the general public. “I just showed these to my wife, and she thought they were lovely,” said one commenter on GoGameGuru. “’But go IS about friendship!’ she said.”
Saturday July 27, 2013
The Walther brothers (German Brothers Team Up to Produce “Fascinating” Go Video 2/4/2013 EJ) have just released their first go video, a visually striking 60-second professionally produced “teaser” that focuses on the appeal of go rather than on teaching the game’s rules. The first of several planned videos from Play More Go, “More than a Game” delivers on the duo’s intention “to make a short video clip, like a movie trailer, to promote the game of go” and ends by calling go “The ultimate challenge: are you up for it?” Click here for their amusing 49-second contrast in how to describe go. Find out more about the project at playmorego.com.
Tuesday June 18, 2013
“Too bad they don’t do doodles for living persons,” responded David Shope (A Google Doodle for Go Seigen? 6/12 EJ) via the AGA’s Facebook page. That didn’t stop graphic artist Mike Samuel (who’s designed many of the U.S. Go Congress logos) from drafting up a potential go-themed “Google Doodle” for the internet giant.
Wednesday June 5, 2013
The popular International Children’s Go Art Contest is back for the third year in a row, and children are invited to submit their pieces. Last year’s contest drew almost 70 entries, from ten different countries, and this year organizers hope to pull in even more. The entries will be exhibited at the US Go Congress in Tacoma, in August. The categories will be for under 12 and under 16, with three winners, and 2 notable entries in each category. Magnetic go sets for the top six winners will be provided by Yellow Mountain Imports. To see some highlights of last year’s entries, visit the online gallery on the Go Symposium site. The contest also has a Facebook page here. Complete entry information is available in the pdf file attached to this link (right click to download once it takes you to the page with the file) GoArtContest2013. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor
Tuesday June 4, 2013
Heading to Japan later this month, “The Surrounding Game” documentary crew is looking for help as they finish up principal photography on the film. The 3-man filming team will arrive in Tokyo on June 25 and shoot for about a week before heading to Osaka. “We are in communication with several people at the Nihon Kiin in Tokyo and the Kansai Kiin in Osaka,” reports Will Lockhart, “and we’re looking for people to stay with, interpreters, and other filming ideas that visually illustrate the rich cultural legacy of the game.” The Japan shoot “will be our last big filming operation, and I am confident it will lead to some of our very best material,” Lockhart adds. Click here for the complete update and use the comment section to post suggestions.
Saturday April 27, 2013
“Your article (New Go Manga Fansubbed 4/9/2013) shocked me that an organization I respect as much as the AGA would promote reading scanlations and/or watching fansubs,” writes John Koniges. “This is a serious issue that is killing the American Manga and Anime industry…While your intentions are to show information about a new Manga that is promoting go, you should write articles that do not encourage piracy…Whether or not someone in the United States has purchased those rights, it is still protected under copyright. Just because the Japanese companies don’t often directly sue US fansubbers doesn’t make it ok. This article clearly outlines these legal gray areas.”
Editor’s Note: The E-Journal is committed to reporting go-related news. The story notes clearly that “Pandascans reminds readers that they do not own the rights to this manga, and ask that people support the author and the publisher by purchasing the manga when/if it becomes available in the US.” and “As with Hikaru no Go, this can help build a market for a series that might not otherwise get translated.” The E-Journal similarly reported on fansubs of Hikaru no Go before it was translated, and it was a letter-writing campaign from AGA members that helped convince Shonen Jump to translate Hikaru (it was not originally going to be included in the US Shonen Jump).
Wednesday April 17, 2013
Amazing Kids Art: “That art is amazing! (Missing Children’s Go Art 4/9 EJ),” writes Lee Frankel-Goldwater. “The AGA should do this kind of contest and display winning entries in the main hall of the year’s Congress! Maybe in coordination with Canada and Europe and offer some prize (camp scholarship?) to the winner(s).” That’s basically what the AGA and AGF have done for the past two years. “We haven’t given the kids scholarships, but they have won prizes for their entries,” says Paul Barchilon. “People also bid on the art last year, and a fair amount of money was raised. The money went both to the children and to support Comunidad Mexicana de Go Infantil y Juvenal (Mexican Youth Go Community), who run the event, and are led by Siddhartha Avila. Last year’s exhibit was a big hit, and I am sure we will do it again this year.” Barchilon also notes that a Facebook page for the art competition has just been launched; check it out here.
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Graphic: “Dragon Slay – A Fighting Game,” April Ye, Cupertino, USA
Sunday April 14, 2013
Fr. Mark Lichtenstein found this on xkcd, “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.”
Tuesday April 9, 2013
“I wanted to show the students of the school club that I advise the winning artwork from one of the International Children’s Go Art Painting Contests,” writes Richard Moseson, “but I can’t find where it is. I found this article (Soo, Ganeva, and Ye Top Children’s Art Contest 8/27/2012 EJ), but the link to ‘the top 20 pieces’ is dead. Can you tell me where I can find some of the art?”
For now, your best bet is on the Go Symposium’s International Go Art Contest page. Graphic: “Having fun with Go,”Hana Richelle Tan, Manila, Philippines