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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 Award facts

Iwamoto Award 2001 – 2012

All entries (searchable on category)

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!!!”

Jury report of the 2012 edition

Iwamoto Award 2012 – Evaluation

1. Project No. 15: Play Go in School

The project is focused on a very important target – a young generation. It is really important to spread go in schools. That is one of the most important ways how to set up go in a society.
It is actually very hard and demanding work which can resemble ‘a long distance run’, if not even marathon. Still, here might lie the right way how to spread go in a society as a part of its culture, through children, through their education. Therefore, we put the project on the first place.

2. Project No. 7: Go Videos

It is apparent that there is a lot of work behind that project. It is a positive aspect of it. Also, the idea of making teaching videos and put them on youtube has something in it. It can be useful for go players, especially for go players – beginners. It can be usefull from that point of view, because especially beginners are a group of players who may loose an interest in go very fast, if they do not have an easy access to a study material. Still, even if it might bring an attention of non-go community as well, the target audience here are more or less existing go players than anybody else. That is a drawback of the project, Also, it looks more like courses of Distance learning for University students than a promotion material for a wide society. Moreover, considering the content of lessons, there is a very little new in it, in fact.
It reminds that kind of diploma works, when a student takes five research articles and rewrite them into the sixth one. Despite mentioned drawbacks, also with regards on amount of work behind it, and possible benefits for go players – beginners , we put the project on the second place.

3. Project No. 6: Go public

It seems that it is actually very little work behind this project. In spite of that, this idea can work if a promotional material mentioned in the project, which is distributed freely on streets, is well prepared, and if there is a network of clubs and places where people, who might be attracted by that performance, can come and start playing go. This project can also be easily copied, which was a criterion for the evaluation. Nevertheless, without a very good promotional material, and without a background network prepared for people attracted by go performance on streets, it cannot work. That is a defect of this project. There is a lack of information about a prepared promotional material, about plans where to invite attracted people and how to work with them afterwards. Still, if well prepared, the project might be very efficient. It means, it can bring an attention to go and help to increase a local community of go players a lot for a very low cost. Therefore, we put the project on the third place.
September, 2012

The jury of the fourth contest consists of:

  • Ting Li, EGF officer, Austria
  • Tobias Berben, Germany
  • Jana Hricova, EGF officer, Czechia

Jury report of the 2003 edition

Report of the jury

Points were awarded ranging from 1 to 6 in four categories:

  • General opinion
  • Exportability, possibilities for use in other countries
  • Originality
  • Results
Points in the first two categories were multiplied by 3 and the last two categories by 2.
The final result was very clear

First place in the Iwamoto European Award 2002-2003 is taken by:

the Rating list for Children by Kalli Balduin from Germany with a score of 179 points.
This First prize is 1000 euro.

Second place:

Internet Go School by the Polish Go association with a score of 146 points
Encouragement prize is 500 euro.

Third place:

Educational services by Moyo Go Institute in Barcelona, Spain with a score of 132 points
Encouragement prize is 500 euro.


First place for Kalli Balduin is nor only a reward for his striking attractive idea. This idea is only a part of the many ideas Kalli Balduin uses for his teaching projects. Last year he also entered a project consisting of many new ideas (Go Memory Problems).
That the ideas work is manifested by the many hundreds of children in Berlin who have learned go from Kalli Balduin. It is noteworthy that the project ending on fourth place was the TV-program where Kalli Balduin played a part in the initiation.


The encouragement prizes go to projects that deserve some recognition.


First the Polish projects that use internet, the new media, for actually spreading Go. The Polish Go association gained many new players, especially young ones, through this method. For people interested in Go, living in far away small places, this may be the only method to learn how to play.
The project in Barcelona does what everyone should do who is working on Go. They make their projects available for later use. Whenever active people fall short of time or energy, projects fall in a slump because they depend too much on one person. If you have clear methods showing what you have done and how to operate, everyone else can take over with not too much effort. This is an important lesson for everyone.

The jury of the second contest consists of:

  • Oleg Gavrilov, Russia.
  • Matthew Macfadyen, Engeland.
  • Ulf Olsson, Sweden.
  • Vladimir Danek, Czechia.

The Jury Report of the 2001 edition

Report of the jury

by Matthew Macfadyen

One of the most pleasant of the incidental duties which I carelessly volunteered for this year was to help in judging the European Go Centre Initiative awards. There seems to be quite an eruption of new and exciting initiatives in different parts of Europe, and the award seems to be an excellent way to reward some hard work as well as to indicate to others where there are good ideas worth spreading.

The projects submitted for the award were of widely differing types, and we had some fun working out in advance how to compare, for example, a promotion project in cooperation with local government in Andalusia with a large scale museum exhibition based in Berlin. Eventually we arrived at a points system, ordering the projects according to originality, ease of export and some other criteria. This gave us a preliminary score, and as it happened it was already clear by that stage which projects we were most impressed by.

The Czech Go Association’s work towards a children’s Go Grand Prix had involved a lot of work and a lot of thinking. We expect this to make a real difference to the accessibility of Go tournaments to younger players. From a different starting point we found Thomas Nohr’s packages of Go material for use in schools to be a worthwhile contribution towards the spread of the game. These two projects share the second prizes of E300 each.

But our overwhelming favourite was the work of Albert Fenech and his partners on the Strasbourg Rules of Go. There may be those (and when I saw the list of projects I was among them) who thought Go needed a new set of rules like it needed a hole in the head, but they should be reminded that Go rules need to do four quite different jobs: To be mathematically rigorous, to be easy to handle for ordinary friendly games, to work in tournament conditions, and to be easily approachable to new beginners.

It is this fourth task that so many previous attempts have failed on, and any doubters should refer his web site where they will see a brilliantly executed exposition of the game, in several languages. If the purpose of the Award is to enable us to shout out the name of a project worth looking at then I am delighted to be able to shout the name of Albert Fenech to as many players as can be made to hear.

Matthew Macfadyen

The Jury of the 2001 edition

Matthew Macfadyen, Engeland. International Go Instructor and former European Champion.
Marc Gonzalez, Spain. Go teacher to children and students. Participant in the 1998 International Go Symposium in Sendai, Japan.
Oleg Gavrilov, Russia. Vice president of the European Go Federation. Several organisational functions within the Russian Go Federation.