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I pondered on translating my book into Russian, but now I think it’s not necessary.
Even in English we sold more than 20 copies of the book in Moscow during the first few months after its release.
We would rather take our time for translating and publishing it in Korean.

Alexandre Dinerchtein

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DINERCHTEIN WON RUSSIAN GO CHAMPIONSHIP 2010

Alexandre Dinerchtein 3P won his first Russian Championship.

Playing in Russian Championships for the first time in several years, Dinerchtein swept the tournament with a perfect 7-0 score. Ilya Shikshin was the second with 6-1 and will represent Russia in the 2011 World Amateur Go Championships (WAGC); Oleg Mezhov scored third with 5-2 and will play for Russia in the 2011 Korean Prime Minister’s Cup (KPMC).

All the three are the teachers of Insei-League.com. Dinerchtein had to bypass the Championships in recent years as being a pro he couldn’t have a right to represent Russia in international events like the WAGC or KPMC, but since 2010 he can play for Russian team in the European Team Championship. The Russian Championship — held on November 27-28 in St Petersburg — also premiered a new type of live broadcast on KGS with one board each round open for all to watch (see EuroGoTV3 account profile on KGS for game records) and the other — with live comments in Russian by a dan player — to members of the Russian Go Federation or Insei-League.com, or those who paid a $15/year fee. “Many Russian Go fans were very upset because it was not possible to see this (commented) game live,” reports Dinerchtein, who suggested the idea. However, with less than 10% of players attending Russian Go tournaments being members of the Russian Go Federation, Dinerchtein hopes that this special access for members to live games and dan commentaries will help the Federation to increase the number of members. “It’s a very bad situation,” adds Dinerchtein.”Go fans like to watch games of top players free of charge, but they don’t want to support the Federation in any form.” He says he hopes that other countries will also consider this idea as a method of increasing membership.

Dec 04, 2010 Chris Garlock
American Go E-Journal

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Russian Go photos won the All About Go Gallery Contest

We congratulate photographer Andrey Gubenko and his artwork:

photographer Andrey Gubenko, Igor Grishin and Mikhail Emelyanov play on a flying goban, Moscow

The winner of another category “Go Art Series” is Corey McQuarters with his works like this:

Corey McQuarters The Go Art Series

Special thanks to A. Dinerchtein.

More information about All About Go Gallery Contest

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Go class at Pavlovo School

Pavlovo School is a modern private school, situated in the outskirts of Moscow. Since this year Russian Go and Strategy School has launched Mikhail Emelyanov Go class for pupils of it.

Go class for children in Pavlovo School
Danila, has previously attended a Go class

Go class for children in Pavlovo School
Artem

Go class for children in Pavlovo School
The presentation of Go game for pupils

Go class for children in Pavlovo School
Parents studied rules and played with children

Go class for children in Pavlovo School
Alina

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Igor Grishin’s Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
Markus (2 dan) and Ruslan Dmitriev (6 dan) playing Go

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
Last Igor Grishin’s book “9 Gracefull solutions”, brought by vice-president Andrey Goryachkin

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
Guests near school house

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
The birthday pie

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
Ruslan Dmitriev wearing a Go Master’s suit

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
A table for presents

Igor Grishin's Birthday Party at Russian Go and Strategy School
A special present from a pupil

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Children qualification in Moscow

Children play Go game in Moscow
Mitya and Ksyusha, Mikhail Emelyanov’s pupils

The next photos were taken at children Chin-San qualification (May, 2010, Russian Go and Strategy School)

Children play Go game in Moscow
Anthony plays qualification game on a samurai goban from Japan

Children play Go game in Moscow
The general task for children was to play a game with Timofey (who took part in Paris Go Tournament’2010 and won 4 games), and after that – to review it with Mikhail Emelyanov.

Children play Go game in Moscow
Gleb and Mikhail. The winner of this game had a 10 Chin diploma and the looser — 11 Chin

Children play Go game in Moscow
To record one’s game is an important rule in our school

Children play Go game in Moscow
Timofey plays qualification games

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The European Go-congress-2014: Anyway I congratulate Romania on a victory!

The Go-congress 2014 will be held in Sinai, Romania. We asked Igor Grishin’s opinion on failure of Russia candidature.

Igor Grishin at Russian - Mongolian tournament in Ulan Bator.

Igor Grishin: To win, it is necessary to offer the best game conditions, to admit possible faults. I believe there is nothing terrible in it. Defeats teach us much more. I consider that Romania is quite a good rival to Petersburg. There are obvious advantages there. First is the warm sea. Secondly, a normal cuisine. Thirdly, the level of organization of Romanian Go Federation exceeds greatly the level of organization of the Russian Federation Go (baduk), responsible for making the application. Also, hotel “S.-Petersburg” is not the best place for hosting the European Go Congress. And the previous venue in Petersburg, so-called “washer”, is inadmissible. There are many interesting cities in Russia. Why can’t it be Yekaterinburg or Tolyatti that hosted this year a 3-months Go game festival? It is necessary to “change a plate”, to show to European and Asian visitors new places, unknown to them. Anyway I congratulate Romania on their victory!

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Igor Grishin’s expedition returned to Moscow

It was the longest expedition of our Go Federation (more than 3 months and 20 000 km). The expedition visited 30 regions and 40 towns with lectures, workshops and meetings.

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Igor Grishin explains the connection between Go and Strategy for businessmen during his workshop in Novosibirsk

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Hargyaz-Nuur lake, Mongolia. It is a sacred construction “obwo”; a stone plate with a lot of little stones on it. It is really like Go. Nobody knows why placing the stones on the plate is a sacral tradition.

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
It is a modern “obwo”

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Here you can see the first Go stones made of mammoth and rhinoceros bones.

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Lecture on Go game for youth at the youth camp in Siberia

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Igor Grishin (president of The Go Federation) and Sergey Skopets (chief of Siberia regional Go federation office) play Go on stone pillars near Krasnoyarsk

Expedition in search of Go game origins in Mongolia
Lake Baikal

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Expedition in search of Go origin to Central Asia (Mongolia)

Brief introduction to the idea and plan of expedition

Go is the substantial phenomenon with long history and huge geography. We know a little about that time, when Go began to spread over the continent. Where can the Go origins be found and what is the Go cradle?

Nowadays there are two main versions of Go origin. The first is that Go was invented in China, and the second is that Go came to China from the outside. I think that the truth lies between these two hypotheses. It is possible to assume that 4000-5000 years ago some people came to China from Siberia. They went across Mongolian steppes and Gobi to Tibet. The graves of European type people have been recently found in Tibet. We don’t know why they decided to go from the north to the south. But we can conclude that Chinese culture and civilization was not formed in isolation but in connection with other ancient civilizations.

Version of Russian Go and Strategy School is that Go game belongs to Indy-European civilization and is not purely Chinese. Therefore we can try to search Go origins not only in Chinese kingdom territory but by tracing the routes of people’s migration from Siberia to Central Asia. All the more, this region has been explored a little on this issue.

Thought the idea to start the expedition to Mongolia came to Igor Grishin quite meaningfully. He had previously set on more than 10 exploring trips to China, he collected unique Go sets and books, spoke with masters and historians. He made a shot of ancient Weiqi stones (6th century) in Shansi National Museum. He was very curious about that stones. They were pyramidal brown, beige and dark green not like usual modern-style stones. Why do they have such a strange shape and plural colors? How were the stones chosen for a Go set? Why were several sets made of animal bones? And how were those animals chosen?

Weiqi agate stones belonging to the Sui Dynasty A.D. 589, excavated from the eastern suburbs of Xian. Photo by Igor Grishin
Weiqi agate stones belonging to the Sui Dynasty (A.D. 589), excavated from the eastern suburbs of Xian. Photo by Igor Grishin (1999)

Igor Grishin suggests that in early times the game sets were formed not of usual stones, but of stones that can give man power. And when the stones were made of bones, the most aggressive, rare or powerful animals were chosen for it. The stones’ colors meant the confrontation of two elements: water and earth. Maybe for this reason stones of Ming dynasty (this set is in our school collection) are decorated with inhabitants of water and earth, and Japanese stones are made from shell (water) and slate (earth).

While planning the expedition we had a goal – to try to understand feelings, thoughts, imagination of the people, who lived there, to see nature and landscapes where people in ancient times invented the essence of the game. In a similar way we can understand feelings and thoughts of the citizens of old towns in Europe. Their architecture enables us to imagine what was on their mind.

Research and observation is the main but not the only part of the expedition. It included three missions. At first, it is a cultural-patriotic car expedition to places of battle glory to Halhin-Gol (Mongolia). This year is also the 65th anniversary of Victory in The Second World War. Russian Go and Strategy School is studying war history in connection with Go game, and is looking for strategic examples during the war. In 2009 Igor Grishin published his book “Soviet-German War Vocabulary” where Go problems illustrated historical events that happened during the war.

During the Russian part of the expedition Igor Grishin and other participants will visit the places of battles, war museums, meet with veterans, organize lectures on war historical and strategic problems and present books about Go and war history.

The second mission is to popularize Go game in Russia and to help people who want to spread Go in their cities. Never before the chief of Russian Go federation has visited so many cities and regions of our huge country. Many people want to meet Igor Grishin, because he is not only a successful Go organizer (his Go club for children in Moscow is the oldest), but he can also explain how to begin to study Go, how to find people, how to open clubs and sections or to organize a tournament, how to teach children and adults. Because of these multiple problems people in Russia are afraid to open new clubs and organize anything.

In every city (more than 25), Igor Grishin will meet with Go fans, organize lectures about Go game or connection of Go and strategy and about teaching or Go organizations, in several cities he will open his workshops about Strategic Go or presented his books. I hope this big program will really help a lot of Russians to understand that Go game is a useful, interesting, modern and deep art, and they will start studying Go with their families. Such expedition is really a great event in Russian Go life.

In Astrakhan (the capital of Russian Caspian sea region) Igor Grishin will take part in the interregional economic forum with his workshop. Now in Russia a lot of people want to study strategy, therefore forum organizers asked Igor to come to Astrakhan with workshop about Strategic Go.

The third mission is research on Go game origins and other studies about history and nature of western part of Mongolia. I think we learned something interesting about it when expedition returned to Moscow with a large report.

The final point of expedition in Mongolia will be a lake in Gobi which is the last part of an ancient sea. It is a special sacred place, and in this lake there is “whale” as local citizens named it. In ancient times people lived there because the lake had sweet water.

The total route of the expedition is marked on the map. The expedition will last for nearly 80 days. We chose the towns where we will stop according to people’s wishes. If there was anybody who wanted to meet the expedition, Igor agreed to visit this town. Therefore in every town there is a program of meetings or lectures and presentations.

The total route of the expedition is marked on the map

There are 4 cars (8-9 persons) in the expedition team. The Ministry of foreign affairs of Russia and the Ministry of sport, tourism and youth politics of Russia support this expedition. Special thanks for Association of graduating students of Russian President’s program of skill (management) conversion.

The expedition’s journal

The 4-th of May. Ryazan. The expedition made the first stop in this old Russian town with 1000 years history. There was not any Go club in Ryazan. From time to time several people asked our Federation to help them to find somebody who can play Go. We answered that they must be the first Go players there. As the right way to find players is to open a club and to begin studying Go — other people will come to you. When we prepared for the expedition we had not got any requests for a lecture or a workshop. But several Go fans wanted to meet with Igor Grishin. Their leader is a teacher of Japanese language at Ryazan Government University. He is from Japan, living in Russia.

Meeting with Go lovers in Ryazan
Meeting with Go lovers in Ryazan

The meeting was at Ryazan Kremlin (old fortress in the center of the town). Igor Grishin presented them our books. On the photo he presents Go book “Russian Teacher of Japanese Go”.

Igor Grishin and Irina Chukomina in Ryazan Kremlin
Igor Grishin and Irina Chukomina in Ryazan Kremlin.

And after it Igor said a few words about the expedition and Go to local journalists.

The 5-th of May. Penza. It is a real Russian town. We could not find any Go players there when made up the plan of the trip. But the expedition was met by the local ministry of tourism. It was a very useful meeting because Igor Grishin asked them about the route. There expedition visited the memorial of the Unknown Warrior.

With Soviet-German War Vocabulary near memorial of Unknown Warrior in Penza.
With Soviet-German War Vocabulary near memorial of Unknown Warrior in Penza.

After that Igor Grishin visited the museum of Russian writer Radischev. The Museum is located in his house. He wrote the famous critical essay “The Journey from Petersburg to Moscow” about corruption and difficult life of common people in Russia (it was the time of Catherine the Great). After the publication of this book the Empress banished him to Siberia.

Igor Grishin and director of Radischev museum
Igor Grishin and the director of Radischev museum

GO at the left top corner on the plate
“GO” at the left top corner on the plate.

Here is an interesting photo from museum. Here – the family plate with two letters – ГО – Go in Russian. What does it mean? I don’t understand. I think Igor Grishin will explain it when he returns to Moscow.

The 6-th of May. Tolyatti. This town is located near another big city – Samara, and is famous as a Russian automobile industry center. We visited Tolyatti several times before, because there is a big children educational center here. It specializes on teaching Wushu, martial arts. And from 2007 there is a Go education program here. During our first visit (I took part too) we presented a lot of Go game sets and books. The center director Artem Marchenko is the president of The Go Federation of Samara region. He compiled a big program for Igor Grishin including lectures, presentations and workshops.

lecture for youth in Tolyatti Government University The Go game Subtlety

lecture for youth in Tolyatti Government University The Go game Subtlety
lecture for youth in Tolyatti Government University “The Go game Subtlety”.

The 7-th of May. Samara. In Samara Maksimilian Yatskar and Aleksey Kurochkin are the leaders of Go. Thanks to them the lectures, seminars, tournaments are conducted in the city. Our federation help them with advice, books and sets.

Igor Grishin at the meeting with the children from Go section
Igor Grishin at the meeting with the children from Go section

Igor Grishin’s workshop about Strategy for business-club Altera Pars
Igor Grishin’s workshop about Strategy for business-club “Altera Pars”

In Samara Igor Grishin had a lecture in Samara Government Aerospace University, lecture about Strategy for “Altera Pars” club, workshop for students’ club “Thought flight” and meeting with the children from Go section in sport club “Rook”.

Tolyatti and Samara are the most dynamically evolving Go centers in Russia. It is a huge social movement that grows without outside support. I think that in future Samara will be a strong Go game center, that will attract the best Russian young people to Go. The expedition spent 5 days in Tolyatti and Samara.

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All-Russian expedition will set off soon

On the 3rd of May our expedition from Moscow to Mongolia will set off. The leader is Igor Grishin. The expedition will visit more than 20 cities. In every location Igor Grishin will hold lectures, workshops, meetings and other activities on Go and Strategy. It will last for about 3 months.

Announcement of Igor Grishin's lecture in Samara

The expedition has both research and patriotic purposes. It is organized with support of the ministry of foreign affairs of Russia, the ministry of sport, tourism and youth politics and other public organizations.

During the journey Igor Grishin will take part in interregional economic forum “The pearl of Caspian” in Astrakhan.

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