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The Nihon Ki-in Summer Training Camp 2015


  1. Overview

-Concept: To let non-Japanese go players get stronger and feel and learn the Japanese culture of go through fantastic programs provided by the Nihon Ki-in
-Term: From 21st August till 3rd September 2015
-Place: The Nihon Ki-in (Tokyo)
-Participants: Suitable for from 10 kyu up to high dan players
-Courses: Full term, Semi-full, One week course (*you choose one)

  1. Contents

1) Pro Lecture and Workshops

Highly-selected and richly-experienced pros including a famous 9-dan pro of the Nihon Ki-in will give you a fantastic workshop every day.

*You will be given an original special textbook and materials that will help you improve your go skill.

2) style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Pro Teaching Games & Reviews

Our pros will give you simuls games and in-depth analysis and reviews of the games.

3) Special Training Program 2015

You will stay overnight at a Ryokan, ‘Sugino Yado’ on 27 and 28 August and will be trained for a full day from morning to night: pro teaching games, lectures, in-depth commentaries, quiz and problems

Sugino Yado’ is a very well-known Ryokan since the legend Fujisawa Shuko (Honorary Kisei) hosted a go camp at ‘Sugino Yado’ every year in which a lots of promising young pros took part.

*To see ‘Sugino Yado’ from here:

*Note: During the special program in ‘Sugino Yado’, meals and accommodation (on 27th) and transportations are all included in the Full Term or One Week Course.



– Visit and experience most popular ‘Go Dojo’ in Japan

*You will play a goodwill match against the Dojo students (*may include current insei students).

– Play a goodwill match against the University students (*which may include ex-insei students).

– Play a league tournament among participants from over the world and the winner will be arranged to play a special match against a top famous pro (*will be decided soon).

*At previous summer go camps, the winner in 2012 played against Takemiya 9p and in 2014 played against Ichiriki 7p (U-20 World Champion).

– You may be given a teaching game by a pro at the Nihon Ki-in’s best room (except Yugen no ma) where only first class professionals are allowed to play their official matches.

– More additional programs shall be arranged.

  1. Course

    (*You can choose one of the following three courses)

Full Term (21 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY 69,800 (*All inclusive)

Semi-Full (21 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY 55,000 (*Not including the special training program)

One Week (21-28 Aug or 27 Aug – 3 Sep): JPY44,900 (*The special program is inclusive)

* You will get 10% Off of the regular fee if you register for the Summer Go Camp before 1 April 2015.

*For details, please check the website:

Announcement of the World Wide Iwamoto Awards

Stones world wide


The registration period of the 2015 competition has ended!

Find the entries for the 2015 competition here

Find all entries 2001-2015 here


Open international contest of go promotional projects

Announcement and invitation to submit Go projects

Dear Go friends,
We are happy to announce the World Wide Iwamoto Awards. In succession to the European editions, the Iwamoto Awards now go global. Thanks to internet and social media, the world has become smaller, so we think it is time to invite people on a global scale to submit Go promotion projects. The contest has been organized in Europe in the years 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2012 by the European Go Centre.You can have a look here to see the submissions of previous editions of the Iwamoto Awards. We will also publish the 2015 projects on our website.The European Iwamoto Awards were much appreciated by the contributors, the EGF and the Nihon Ki-in. Therefore we want to extend the project and improve some features.

Goal of the Iwamoto Awards


The main reason for this contest is to follow Iwamoto Kaoru’s wish of spreading Go around the world. First of all, it motivates Go players to think about how Go can be promoted. Secondly, through the gathering and exchange of ideas it can lead to a higher quality of popularization of Go all over the world. To accomplish our goal we organize the Iwamoto awards contest and provide a platform, not only to collect and publish all the ideas but also a place to discuss them. We hope to find many Go projects that want to compete in the contest.


How does it work?


We have sent this announcement to all Go organizations we know of; please forward this message to your members. All Go promotion projects that have proven to be successful can be entered for the contest. Just having a plan does not suffice. The criteria for the submissions and the way they are judged can be found on the website. The projects submitted will be put in a searchable database. The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2015. An international jury will choose one, or more, prizewinning project in July 2015. If the jury considers the quality sufficient, the following prizes will be awarded:


  • For the best project: 1st prize of €1.000
  • For up to 2 projects: an encouragement prize of €500

The jury consists of:

  • Yuki Shigeno, 2p, Nihon Ki-in, Japan
  • Ting Li, 1p Kansai Ki-in, Chinese and EGF Board member
  • Chihyung Nam, 2p Korea
  • Fernando Aguilar, 7d, South America
  • Chris Welsh, Secretary of the South African Go Association
  • Albert Fenech, Europe (France), winner of the first European Iwamoto Awards in 2001
  • Andy Okun, President of the American Go Association
  • Australia: David Ormerod

Judgement criteria:

You can find the criteria for judgement here


About the organization

The European Go Centre was founded with help of Iwamoto Kaoru and the Nihon Ki-in foundation in 1992. Therefore the history of the EGCC is strongly connected to the vision of Iwamoto sensei. As such we will continue to promote Go in his vision.


Iwamoto Award facts

Iwamoto Award 2001 – 2012

All entries (searchable on category)

In memory of Go Seigen

go_seigen_young Go Seigen passed away at the age of 100. Picture by Zhang Jingna, Caligraphy Go Seigen LoRe
On November 30 2014 Go Seigen, one of the strongest Go players of the 20th century, passed away at the age of 100.
Badukmovies in cooperation with Merlijn Kuin – multiple times Dutch champion and board member of the EGCC – pays tribute to Go Seigen by giving a lecture on one of his games against Takagawa Kaku in front of a live audience.
The video can be watched at:
Picture in the middle by: Zhang Jingna,

Jury report Iwamoto Awards 2007

The jury consisted of three presidents of national go federations:
  • Suvi Leppanen from the Finnish Go Association
  • Martin Kovaric from the Czech Go Association
  • Emeric Salamon from the French Go Federation
The first reaction of Suvi: “I must say that all the candidates have done great work. It was very difficult to choose my favourites, because I’d like to reward all of them.”
Finally the members were unanimously in thier decision to give the Award to EuroGoTV.
eurogotv_480x240Suvi: “EuroGoTV gives the possibility to watch tournament games live and see interviews. All videos are stored in an archive. Possibilities to copy and cooperate are good: “any organization of go events can cooperate and contribute video’s, also to make promotion for sponsors”. Popular technology is used and the project is now widely known and liked. I think this project has very good chances to improve. Who wouldn’t want to have a real go tv channel? This is a good start!”
Martin: “Very good for interesting events.”
Emeric: “I think we need a channel of diffusion of GO in some European language. And I hope this project develop multiple language on its broadcast.”
The Encouragement Awards were a little more difficult to decide. Several candidates were mentioned. But both of the winners were on the short lists of two members of the jury:
ia-nim-workbookSuvi: “Go Workbooks: These are the kind of books that I’d really like to see translated to every language in Europe. As the author says, the amount of text in the books is low, so the translation process won’t be too long and expensive. I can’t wait to see all the 10-15 books. For children it’s important to have many exercises instead of long texts, and this book looks very promising in encouraging children to improve in go. The idea of having the solutions on the internet is also good.”


Suvi: “Big problems: Big problems are good for especially children and beginners. The stones on the paper are the size of real stones, so after trying to read the solution it’s easy to play the stones, start from beginning and replay as many times as needed. This project is very easy and cheap to copy, because it only needs paper and a printer, and anyone can make new problems.”

Emeric: “I think there is with this project one more objective that the crontibutor talk about, it is helping player partially sighted.”
Martin: “Excelent idea, cheap, easy to copy all over the go world!!!”