16 Dec 2019: Chang FuKang (16 y.o) from Malaysia and Rafif Shidqi Fitrah (17 y.o.) from Indonesia were officially approved at the Nihon Ki-in and will get certified as a professional shodan (1p) by the Nihon Ki-in.
Both of them were an insei at the Nihon Ki-in, Tokyo.
Fukang became an insei from January 2019. He finished the 4th place of Winter 2019 pro exam with over 50% win rate (9 wins – 5 losses), which qualified him for Foreign National Pro status.
Fitrah became insei from October 2017 and he also finished the Winter 2019 pro exam with over 50% win rate (9 wins – 5 losses), which qualified him for Foreign National Pro status.
日期 Date： 6月 5,6,7号 (3D2N) (5th-7th June 2017) 时间 Time :
* 报到 (Start/Registration) : 5th June 10.00am
* 结束 (End) : 7th June 6.00pm 地点Venue： Darul Ta’lim 知竹圓. Lot 3021, Batu 14, Jalan Felcra Semungkis 费用 Fees： 集训费用全由主办单位赞助 (Participation fees will be sponsor by organizers)
筹委会将会从国内3大重要赛事中筛选脱颖而出的选手们。 (The organizer will select eligible candidates from the following competitions)
1) 孔子杯围棋赛 全国20强 (Top 20 from Kongzi Weiqi Competition)
2) 马来西亚公开赛 各组前5名 (Top 5 from each category in Malaysia Weiqi Open Championship)
3) 马来西亚中小学围棋校际联赛 (Malaysia School Weiqi Competition)
如何参加 (How to Participate):
请在申请加入前仔细阅读代表队章程。 (Refer to attached invitation list)
Three matches will be scheduled on 19th, 20th & 23 Nov 2016.
Man => The legendary Cho Chikun 9p (honorary Meijin) from Japan Nihon Ki-in
Machine => Deep Zen Go.
Deep Zen Go is seen as the second best computer go program now in the world because it gets the same deep learning system as AlphaGo.
* For your reference, Deep Zen got the ranking No.1 as KGS 9-dan in September 2016 and he has got even stronger now since then.
How to watch the games:
Michael Redmond 9p and Antti Tormanen 1p will give live-commentaries on the special match in English at the following website (movie): http://www.nicovideo.jp/
The match will begin 13:00h (*in Japan local time) on 19, 20 and 23 November.
* You can also watch the game on WBaduk (Cyberoro).
The match will be played with even game with 6.5 points komi.
The time allowance is 2 hours, followed by three renewable 60 seconds byo-yomi.
We are glad to announce that two Japanese Go Master will be visiting Malaysia from 16th – 22nd September 2016.
MIZUMA Toshifumi（水間 敏文）7P
Go Career Profile:
He became a pro of the Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo), being certified as a professional shodan in 1990.
He got runner-up in the 16th Kisei Tournament Shodan game in 1991.
He got promoted to 7 dan pro in 2002.
He achieved 300 wins in Japan’s pro tournaments in 2009.
He has got very good reputation for teaching go and he has taught go wide range of people and ages from complete beginners to amateur dan players.
He has been teaching go at primary schools.
His teaching method is named as ‘Mizuma Method’, which is introduced in go class at many Japanese educational institutions.
KOMATSU Daiki (小松 大樹) 2P
Go Career Profile:
He became a pro of the Nihon Ki-in (Osaka), being certified as a professional shodan in 2012.
He got promoted to 2 dan pro in 2015.
His parents are also professional go players. (his father is Komatsu Hideki 9p and his mother is Komatsu Hideko 4p.)
He has taught go many primary school children in Osaka.
He studied English for over 10 months in 2015 at an English conversational school in Japan.
He was dispatched to Moscow and St.Peterburg in 2015 for promotion of go and to Romania for European Go Congress in 2014.
Below are weiqi activities scheduled for their visit (subject to changes):-
* 1400-1800: Visit Malaysia Weiqi Association at University Malaya-Kongzi Institute
* 1000-1300: Visit N-world Puchong Go Academy at Puchong
* 1430-1800: Visit The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur
* 1900-2100: Visit Kong Zi-PJ Adult Go Class at University Malaya-Kongzi Institute
Malaysia International Amateur Go Championship(MIAGC)
The MIAGC is an international Weiqi tournament organised by Ipoh WeiQi Enterprise, this tournament is open to all amateur Dan players from around the world.
The championship comes in three stages: Preliminary, Semi-Final and Final.
All competitions for Preliminary & Semi-Final will be held online using the existing internal Go server OGS. Players who enter Final stage will meet in Syeun Hotel Ipoh, Malaysia to play 12 rounds tournament to decide the winners.
Attractive cash prizes will given to winners rank 1st to 20th, the Champion will walked away with RM50,000 cash prize. (Please note that final prizes may change due to the number of participants)
Registration : August 8, 2016 – September 30, 2016
Preliminary (Online Selection) : October 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Semi-final (Online Selection) : November 16, 2016 – December 15, 2016
Final Match : (Syeun Hotel, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia) March 11, 2017 – March 16, 2017
All amateur Dan players who are interested to participate, please visit Ipoh WeiQi tournament website http://www.miagc.org for further details.