I would like to wish Go players worldwide a happy and successful new year. This is a perfect time to reflect on what the game means to us, and what we hope to achieve.
Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category
Hello everyone, this is Younggil An from Korea. I have been living in Sydney, Australia for about one and a half years.
I have been playing Go as a pro player for about 13 years, but while I’m here in Australia, there is no chance to play any serious games. Rather, I teach Go and play simultaneous games with Go lovers here, and I am more than happy to live here, relaxing and stress free.
Awww I am facing a big white empty space again. I have been trying to write something to post on All About Go for about 3 hours now. All I have so far is, nevertheless, a white paper that has nothing yet, (I wrote something and erased countless times) and a busy mind jumbled with so many ideas on Go. What should I write about? That was the question.
So I thought I would post a little more information about myself and this project.
I am a student from British Columbia, Canada, and play as 6 kyu on KGS. I learned to play Go around February 2005. I admit I am yet another Hikaru no Go convert. A friend of mine purchased a manga magazine in which I read Hikaru no Go. At first, I thought Go was just a plot device which the writer had created for the story. Then I read an article in the magazine by Janice Kim, which had a link to her website (Samarkand). I learned to play and was instantly fascinated by the game.
I first learned Go when I was 16, that was 28 years ago for anyone who is counting. The guy who taught me was just a few years older, but he had his own apartment. It was about the size of a closet, but I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. He had Japanese prints up on the walls, and he asked if I wanted to learn how to play a really interesting game from Japan. He showed me the rules and I was immediately fascinated. I still remember being astonished at how every stone I played was basically just one more for him to capture. I knew I was smart, and I was good at chess, how was it that this guy could just demolish me so easily? I rapidly figured out that it was the game itself that held such complexity.