Category Archives: 2015

2015 Year of entrance

Result of the First World Wide Iwamoto Award

Iwamoto-Award-2015 Certificate

During the opening ceremony of the European Go Championships in Liberec, Czechia, we could present the result of the First World Wide Iwamoto Awards. This is the first time that we organized this award world wide, we had four European awards earlier. Mr. Yamashiro 9p, vice-pesident of the Nihon Ki-in handed the certificate over to Daniel Bösze (Austria) for his project Public Touchscreen Go Table.
The three winners are:
1 (€ 1.000): “Public Touchscreen Go Table” by Daniel Bösze (Austria)
2 (€ 500): “the Surrounding Game” by Cole D. Pruitt (US)
3 (€ 500): “Gakko no Go” by Maria Puerta (Venezuela)

 Harry van der Krogt (L, EGCC), Daniel Bösze (M, Winner) and Mr. Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p (R, Nihon Ki-in)

Harry van der Krogt (L, EGCC), Daniel Bösze (M, Winner) and Mr. Yamashiro Hiroshi 9p (R, Nihon Ki-in) Photo by Damir Sultanbekov ​


The full result is as follows:
FInal score World WIde Iwamoto Award 2015
FInal score World WIde Iwamoto Award 2015

Iwamoto Awards 2015 – entries

The registration period for the Wolrd Wide Iwamoto Awards 2015 has ended.
20 Projects from all over the world have entered the contest, you can find them below.
There still can be small modifications to the projects, but you can have a good overview of all the different projects and the motivation of all the people involved. Hopefuly you’ll get ideas on how your next project will look like!

Criteria for judging projects

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Open international contest of go promotional projects

Criteria for judging projects


    • Are there measurable objectives?
    • Are the objectives reached?
    • Are the goals relevant?

Several basic categories of objectives could be distinguished, such as:

    • Increasing public awareness,
    • Strengthening existing Go communities,
    • Supporting the organization of Go promotion itself.


    • What is the ratio between human and financial input on the one hand and the outcome on the other?


    • Is the project unique in its nature?
    • Does the project open new perspectives for the promotion of Go?


    • Does the project make use of new opportunities, social developments, (marketing) strategies, technologies, social media?


    • Is further development of the project promising?


    • Is the project a good example to follow in similar circumstances at other places?


    • Is the project highly independent of specific capacities or knowledge of the person(s) needed to run it?


    • If apparent alternatives already exist for the methods or materials used, how are the differences evaluated?


    • How is the project presented in external relationships (partners)?
    • Can the presentation appeal to the target audience?


    • If the project involves go-technical content of its own, what is the value of it?

Rules for acceptance of projects

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Open international contest of go promotional projects

Conditions for the submission of projects

Rules for acceptance of projects

  • English is the language of communication and presentation.
  • Despite the various names that exist for the game we will use the official name as used by the International Go Federation: Go.
  • Applications for the World Wide Iwamoto Awards can be made online by filling out the standard application form, starting from the 15th of February 2015.
  • The deadline of the 2015 call for proposals is the 21st of June 2015.
  • Project holder is either a natural person or a legal body.
  • Please note that only one (1) application per project holder will be considered.

Contributors have to fill out an online application form, prepare to have the following information and images available before you fill in the application:

  • Complete contact information
  • Name of the project
  • Name of the project holder
  • Start date of realization (and if applicable the end date)
  • Time line (with dates or milestones, if applicable)
  • Geographic extension of the project (where do the activities take place and where we see effects)
  • Aim(s) of the project (including naming target groups)
  • Description of the project (if you need more than 500 words for the full text, a summary of max. 250 words is needed as well.)
  • List of all means of the project (physical infrastructures, technologies, media, social networks)
  • Result(s) of the project
  • Public exposure (awareness of the project and results in media)
  • Human resources (description of all involved and their time expenditure)
  • Financial resources (sponsorships, subsidies, gifts, own budgets)
  • Perspective (expected future development of the project)
  • Wishes (kind of support or cooperation needed for progress or continuation of the project)
  • One image that is used for the presentation in the Gallery of entries. The image dimensions should be 480px by 240px or have an Aspect Ratio of 2:1 (An example will be provided)
  • Illustrative images of the project (at least 2, could be pictures of events or materials, but also graphics or schedules if especially relevant; format should be jpg or png)
  • If available, all existing websites, brochures or other materials about the project. Preferred format for illustrative documents: pfd.

Announcement of the World Wide Iwamoto Awards

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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.