Thursday November 10, 2016
Over forty players from seven different countries competed in the 18th Ibero-American Championship tournament, held at the Pestana Premium City & Conference Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela from October 7-9. The field included 23 Venezuelans and 17 players from other six nations.
Locals including taxi drivers, workers from the bakery, hotel, caretakers, retired players, the Venezuelan players who live abroad, teachers at the Japanese schools and the Embassy of Japan all pitched in to make the event succeed, said Loli Puerta, president of the Venezuelan Association.
Fernando Aguilar 7d (Argentina) won first place; Hisao Uyama 7d (Brazil) finished second and Juan Carlos Carrillo 1d (Chile) was third. “Venezuela is a land of peace and its people are great” said Aguilar.
In every Latin-American Championship friendship and solidarity is celebrated between people of brother counties, Juan Carlos Pachón told the E-Journal. “The beautiful discipline of go proposes perennial values that allow us to be above and beyond borders of ephemeral and changing political situations.”
To close out the XVIII Ibero-American Championships, the first Iberoamerican Go Couples Tournament — sponsored by the World Pair Go Association — was conducted on Monday, October 10th.
- reported by Special Correspondent Francisco d’Albuquerque
Monday October 26, 2015
The recent 20th anniversary celebration at the Seattle Go Center attracted over 100 people, including two professionals from Japan, Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P, vice president of the Nihon Ki-in, and Yuma 6P, who is also known as Kuma-sensei in Seattle. The October 3 evening reception and concert featured a short speech from Consul General Masahiro Omura from the Seattle Japanese Consulate, who noted that Kaoru Iwamoto’s purchase of the Go Center building for use by the U.S. go community was a good symbol of the continuing reconciliation between Japan and the United States since WWII. Go Center Board President Lee Anne Bowie reported that the late Iwamoto-sensei’s vision to extend go internationally and promote mutual understanding and friendship through the game of go has been upheld at the Seattle Go Center. Harry van der Krogt, Manager at the European Go Cultural Center, another Iwamoto-funded center, extended his congratulations to the Seattle Go Center, and hoped for increased international cooperation to promote go in the future. Andy Okun, president of the AGA, noted that the Seattle Go Center has a strong base of volunteers.
While Mr. Yamashiro had to return to Japan the day after the party, Kuma-sensei gave lectures and played simultaneous games for the next four days at the Seattle Go Center. This was his second visit to Seattle. Sunday’s lecture consisted of reviews of games from the Saturday tournament (Seattle Go Center 2oth Anniversary Tournament Draws Big Crowd 10/20 EJ). His Monday lecture was for the “Double Digit Kyu Class,” which is usually taught by Nick Sibicky. Kuma-sensei explored the double low approach to the 4-4 stone, and did a very good job of keeping his explanations simple enough for kyu players. On Tuesday, he played simultaneous games with eight players while others watched, and then gave short lessons as each game finished. As usual on Tuesdays, there were more than 30 players visiting the center. On Wednesday, Kuma taught the “Single Digit Kyu Class”, with Andrew Jackson hosting. Kuma-sensei also had time to see more of Seattle, and to enjoy Northwest seafood. Photos: (top) Hiroshi Yamashiro 9P giving greetings from the Nihon Ki-in, (left) Fumi Tagata soprano, (right) Kuma-sensei playing simultaneous games. More photos here.
- Report/photos by Brian Allen