Monthly Archives: January 2006

LARGE MASTER GO 2006: The most interesting games

If you want to see the most interesting games from Large Master Go Tournament you can find them at the Official Master Go site

Strategic Go workshop in Hurgada 2006

A big Strategic Go workshop for Faberlic company staff was held in Hurgada (Egypt) by Go Masters Igor Grishin and Mikhail Emelyanov.

Go seminar

Photos from Strategic Go seminar

In less than 24 hours the “Master Go” starts up

In the depths of the night, even the ceiling is a GO board.


The Go Federation – introduction

There are two Go federations in Russia. It is a common practice having two or more institutions in every kind of sport in our country. Even Japan had its difficulties by making the second federation “Kansai-Kiin”; however, nobody questions its utility now.

The Go Federation headed by Mr. Igor Grishin develops Go in Russia from the standpoint of openness and accessibility. We aspire to involve new amateurs in the Go-community. We believe it is necessary not only to support the professionals, but also to assist the newcomers with taking interest in the game and becoming full-fledged members of the Go-game community.

The Go Federation is affiliated in more than 10 regions of the Russian Federation, one of its partners is the U-de center in Tolyatti, where over 400 kids are studying Wushu and Go.

The Go Federation is the official Russian institution. It received a letter of appreciation from the Ambassador of Japan in Russia telling about it’s significant contribution to development of the game in our country.

Mr. Igor Grishin is a well-known Go-game coach, laureate of the Russian out-of-classroom education contest. His best students took part in youth world tournaments. The Federation team regularly participates in the European youth championship. Mr. Grishin is the author of numerous articles as well as the book “Art of thinking and winning. Go game for beginners” (10000 copies sold). He took part in publishing Miura Yasuyuki’s book “Go, An Asian Paradigm for Business Strategy” in Russia.

The regular summer tour to the Crimean mountains and summer Go-game camps are also leaded by Mr. Grishin.

You can learn more about the Go Federation here: []

The photos from tournaments, festivals and day-to-day life of the Federation can be seen at the Go gallery

You can ask Mr. Igor Grishin any questions at the English part of the forum

The Go Federation runs regular online tournaments on the KGS server. The next tournament begins on January 14, 2006. Hurry to register and play with the strongest players from Russia and the rest of the world!

Members of the Go Federation have certificates from various Go Associations (such as Nihon Kiin, Chinese Weiqi Association, and Hankuk Kiwon).

The other Federation – RFG(b) – also functions in Russia. You can see the results of its work in Russian language at or in English at

The Go Federation main achievements are:

Our priorities include not just the sporting achievements, but also amateur, professional and social results. It is important that Go works for society. Hence the Go Federation shares European values and is close to the European federations.

We have developed a Kyu-Dan system.

We are creating a pro league.

We host the Russian Go championship.

We promote youth Go very actively.

We are ready to cooperate with the European Go Federation and support its various initiatives in Go development in Russia as well as in Europe.

We work closely with the Russian government.

We cooperate with all Go-game institutions in Russia.

We intend to host several international tournaments, as well as practice visits to China and other countries.

P.S. We do not aim starting a war we are persistently being involved into. We announce our willingness to work for Go development in Russia and other countries.

Go-explanations :)

“I remember hearing a story about a man explaining what go is to another man at the tournament.

The man listened than stopped him and said, “I see, it’s like football!”

The narrator paused and said “…yes!”


via jluke -

A bit of lyrics: the “Yes” game

Almost every day that I witness and proceed the following dialog:

-I play go.
-Mmm… It’s an ancient Chinese game, a bit like “dots” (“dots” is a favorite timekiller of careless Russian schoolboys)…
-Aha, it’s the Chinese chess!
-Not at all. It’s ‘much more complicated than chess. It’s played with black and white chips – we call it “stones”.
-Something like backgammon?
-Oh no! Psychology means a lot in Go – not luck.
-Ok, something like poker?
-&*%! Better show than explain.

Why do we begin our Go-stories with the word “no”? “Not-chess”, “not-backgammon”, “not-poker”, “not-casino”… It seems that instead of Go-game we play a “No-game”! :0

Shan’t we say “yes”?! O yes, we play the Go-game. Yes, it’s both backgammon, and chess, and dots, and poker, and theater ;) – taken together. Go is the “quinta essentia” of all games invented by human kind for human beings. Go-game means nimble mind and passion, strategy and chance, ruse and beauty, psychology and self-discovery.
Go is an affirmation, not a negation.

i_shi aka Irina Shimanskaya

The Moscow children Go festival “Rojdestvo”

The Moscow children Go festival “Rojdestvo” took place on January 8, 2006.

The meaning of the word “Rojdestvo” is “Christmass”.

A Handicap Go tournament was held.

1. Lyndina Tatyana Moscow +3 -7 +6
2. Sergeev Ilya Moscow + 4 + 9 +5
3. Fokina Sasha Moscow 12к -5 +4 -1
4. Bizin Sergey Moscow 15к -2 -3 -9
5. Panfilova Lena Moscow 15к +3 +1 -2
6. Fokina Natasha Moscow 17к -1 +7 +8
7. Arhipova Tatyana Jukovsky 20к -9 -7 +
8. Klycheva Parvina Jukovsky 20к +11 +12 -6
9. Panfilov Ivan Moscow 18к +7 -2 +4
10. Kuznetsova Masha Moscow - -12 - -
11. Cokolova Nadya Moscow 20к -8 + -12
12. Sokolov Artemy Moscow 20к +10 -8 +11

Photos from Moscow children Go festival by A. Kojunkov

You are welcome to visit the All-Russian Children Go Championship that will take place on the 25-26th of March.
More information about All-Russian Children Go Championship

Accomodation on All-Russian Children Championship, 25-26th of March

All participants and guests of the Children Championship will be settled at “Svetlana” Hotel (Moscow green-zone). There is a block system in the Hotel: double room, shower, toilet, TV, phone, in every block. One block for 2 persons.

The price for 2 nights (25-26th of March) including breakfast is 1500 rubles per person (~ 43 euro; 1 euro = 34,5 rubles).

Here you can see the photos of this hotel: