Book on Go for Elementary School

Book on Go for Elementary School

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Contributor:
Tibor Rapai
Organization:
Hungarian Go Association
Edition:
2003

Description

While being responsible for international affairs within the Hungarian Go Association executive, I am starting some personal activities now based on my Japanese knowledge and inspirations from several persons around me. It is going to be a project of wide effect and I need your help to be able to publish the ever first book on Go in Hungary. In May 2002 we had a group of Japanese players visiting Budapest GP, lead by Nihon-Kiin 6dan professional player Masaaki Hirano sensei. He helped us with instructions and game commentaries during the tournament, and we experienced his teaching style and warm, informal personal attitude to be very close to us. His ideas were understandable for weak kyu players as well while analysing top amateur players’ games. The atmosphere was similar to that of Saijo sensei’s lessons during the European Go Congresses.

 

That time I heard from Hirano sensei about his new series of Go teaching books, the first of which has just come out from print in Japan (the date of publishing is 2002 September 15). When we spoke about situation of Go in Hungary, I asked him about a possibility to translate his book into Hungarian. Then he kindly offered his help to publish the book in Hungary.

 

Later I have received both the book and the material on CD from him. I have just started the translation now, and my plan (based on talks with a journalists knowing well such things) is to reach all Hungarian elementary schools countrywide with Go promotion material. It can be done using the School-book Publishing Company’s help. They send regularly a list of available books to all schools, the books are ordered by the schools simply writing the necessary numbers into the boxes on the list, very easily. The promotion material will include a free flyleaf offering the book, sent together with the list as follows:

 

A free flyleaf in colour and high quality, in final print two sided A4 size, the first page containing:
1. Introduction of Hirano sensei’s book: Winning and losing patterns in Go (with picture on the left)
2. Description of the board, instructions how to build a paper board oneself (picture of a board on the right)
3. The basic rules of Go (all small paragraphs with a funny caricature connecting Go to real life or other sport, eg. illustrating black and white consequent moves with black and white sumo wrestler figures standing on stones)
4. Short introduction (in one sentence for each) the versions of playing: Atari-go, equal game and handicap go, Japanese counting.

 

The second page of the flyleaf will introduce some basic techniques briefly, also with simple diagrams:
1. Catching (groups of) stones with ladder, geta, eyes, false eyes – cutting, living groups, ko rule
2. Basic patterns of connected stones, extensions from groups and vital points to attack groups
3. Finally list of go resurces on the Web, HGA, EGF, and my own home page with online ordering.
Of course these basics would fill up several books separately if discussed in details with exercises. My basic aim is to reach, with series of visually understandable definitions, the level where the book starts. I have also in my mind that such information is available already from several sources. For example there is a small guide in the Go sets other HGA members keep selling, and good teaching material on HGA’s home page. Also Hirano sensei plans to write an introductory book within his series.

 

I think the Winning and losing patterns is a book highly needed both by our active players and the beginners, because it is speaking in easily understandable terms about the direction of the play. This way it can give not only useful knowledge but basic thinking about Go play for all of us. Such a book represents value and can be used by all players or becoming players. I plan to sell it on a minimum price, which covers the costs of printing and distribution. I need financial aid from the award to be able to print out this flyer and the book in nice quality. Then the future – surely quite limited – income from selling the book will be the basis to publish the next ones and making further steps.

Objectives

Introducing the game of Go using the school-book publishing channels to all elementary schools in Hungary. With ordering the book, using Web resources, and ordering or self-making Go sets there can self-supported go circles emerge around interested teachers. Such groups can give place for go teaching courses held by members of HGA later. I am also thinking about showing Hikaru no Go video series during go courses in schools to generate high interest among the pupils. Hikaru is proved to be a big success in Japan already. Attaching Hungarian subtitles for the series would be a manageable work in size; I have already contacted Ms. Rina Yamamoto asking about the possible solution regarding copyright.

Realisation

I have started already the translation of Hirano sensei’s book and collecting material for the flyer. Of course the contents of both will be checked by a top dan player before publishing, I plan to ask Tibor Pocsai 6dan, our former European champion for this task. The basic thing I would like to add, that I don’t want to get money from the award only for promises. I need your help only when the book gets ready for printing, so – in case you think my project deserves supporting with the help of the award – I can present you the electronic material before the transfer of money!

Resources

Until now only own resources and the generous help of Masaaki Hirano sensei.

Possibilities to copy this project

I think each country can move ahead with promotion in this way, maybe many did similarly already. My key ideas are using school-book distribution channel, free introduction flyleaf with caricatures, instructions how to make paper Go set, easy book (and Go set) ordering (through the school-book publisher and on Web), then helping Go circles combining usual teaching methods and Hikaru no Go.

Real big problem book

Real Big Problem Book
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Contributor:
Kalli Balduin
Organization:
Berlin Go Association
Prize winner:
Encouragement Award 2012

Description

My “real big problem book” is a result of my 7 years teaching Go to children. Children always like to solve problems, but using ordinary problem books I encounter two difficulties. For children, using a problem book, have difficulties in spotting the solution in the book, because the problem diagrams are too small and the fingers are too big. The other thing is: it takes too much time to set up the problem on the board, to take the wrong moves off and to try a second time, especially for beginners and kids. I often observe my students. When I brought an ordinary problem book, they get bored and stop soon doing it after some problems.
With this “real big problem book”, you can place real go stones on the paper, remove them easily, if something goes wrong with your solution. You can also play variations, play with white stones first, finish the games with problems on 9×9, and learn to count the endgame. Children enjoy this book very much; they solve dozens of problems non-stop, discuss with other friends, wipe the stones off the paper and try a second time. Even you teach a group of children who sit around the table, this book is also an ideal helper, because everybody can see it, or you can show the book and hold it high in front of a class.
The “real big problem beginner’s book” is without solutions, because problems are easy to solve for a stronger player and children should discuss the problems with a teacher or a stronger player. I give a list with hints for the teachers about the problems. Black plays first always, but you can also ask your students what the difference would be, if it were white’s turn. Dan players are sometimes lazy to solve problems in a go club. I once made a “real big dan- level problem book”, everybody enjoyed their enthusiastic discussions, and they, like the children, enjoyed the idea of this book and solved many problems. I hope this book will be a useful help in your go-lessons.
The one page rating List is a useful and easy to handle new supply for my old rating list. In this new rating List, the children can choose a color and fill in the squares, if they win a game. With this new colorful list, teachers and childen can easily get an overview over their groups strength development. If they reach the 30 kyu level they will get a sticker in my other list, which is descriped in my application in 2003. The children like this new list like the old one very much.

Objectives

I wanted a useful help for children to solve many problems with real go stones, without putting up the problem on the board.

Realisation

I use this book with great success in all my classes. Other teachers using the book are fascinated by this simple but effective idea.

Resources

Human resources: A person to use the computer and printer.
Financial resources: Cost of paper, ink for printing.

Colorful Rating Book

Colorful Rating Book
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Contributor:
Kalli Balduin
Organization:
Berlin Go Association
Prize winner:
European Iwamoto Award 2003

Description

I developed a rating list for people who work with many children in different big groups. In a colourful booklet children are listed with their actual rating, starting at 50th Kyu. With every won game (on 9×9 or 13×13) they move up one Kyu up to the 30.th Kyu. If they lose a game, they will stay at their rating place. From the 30th Kyu up every Kyu is devided in 9 single steps, that means children have to win nine games. But if they lose a game they go down one single step, but only until the lowest place at that Kyu. The childrens names are written on nice stickers which can easily be removed, if they go up and down the list. On these stickers you can write some more extra infos, like group to which the child belongs and in which month they played. Before promoting to the next Kyu they have to make test games against the teacher. This list helps to easily see the activity and progress of many children at the same time. It also helps to give handicap stones among children. The children like this list very much, because they can see their progress and that of their friends.

Objectives

I wanted a useful help to handle many children in different groups. Children also can easily see their progress. It can be a big help for teachers, who have regular Go children groups.You can compare the development and progress of children playing in different groups. It can be used everywhere and the teacher can carry it with him. It’s a kind of every day up-dated portable rating list.

Realisation

In my own list there are now more then 400 children listed and I improve the quality and make new editions of the list if necessary.

Resources

You just need the pages, a computer and a good printer. Paper of course. A person to use the computer and printer. Cost of paper, ink for printing and (post-it) stickers.

Possibilities to copy this project

See above. It can be used everywhere.

Go Workbooks

Go Workbooks
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Contributor:
Wim Berkelmans
Organization:
Prize winner:
Encouragement Award 2007

Description

Go Workbooks is a series of exercise books for children. Each book contains a large number of exercises (go problems), grouped by topic and arranged from easy to more difficult. The books explain theory and give examples, but the emphasis is on exercises.
The series start with an explanation of the rules of the game, in volume 1, and continues step by step with topics that are relevant for a specific playing level. Each subsequent book is the next step in learning to master go.
Students can mark the solutions of the problems in the books. Experience shows that children like to learn by making exercises (puzzles). With the step by step approach we can guarantee that no gaps will occur in their playing skills.Teachers can use the books at school or at clubs for group courses or individual teaching. Children can also use the books at home for home work or self-tuition. Solutions can be made available on Internet. The books have an attractive design with a full colour cover.
At this moment (spring 2007) 5 volumes are available. The complete set will consist of 10-15 volumes. Each volume is a 40 page A4-size work book. The first two volumes are for players up to 30 kyu, the next two for players up to 20 kyu. Volume 5 is for players from 20 to 15 kyu.

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Objectives

Objective of the project is to develop a complete course consisting of exercise books, for beginning players up to 1 kyu level. The main target group is youth from 6 to 14 years. The books must enable students to learn and understand the game. The books must support teachers in teaching the game.

Realisation

The objectives have been realised for children up to 20-15 kyu (Volume 1-5). The books have been used throughout the Netherlands, in schools, clubs and at home. The largest group that used the books is a group of 160 primary school pupils.

Resources

Human resources: More than 1000 working hours by the author. Also many hours by a group of reviewers.
Financial resources: Low volume printing costs are 2-3 euros for a 40 page book. The printing costs can be reduced substantially with high volume offset printing.

Possibilities to copy this project

I have made an English translation of volume 1. This was a minor effort. The amount of text in the books is low. Most of the pages contain 12 diagrams and one or two lines of text. The books are made using Adobe InDesign, a desktop publishing software tool. This enables an easy replacement of text objects. So translation in other European languages will be fairly easy and quick. The books can be printed and distributed locally in the countries. The Internet site with solutions can be translated and copied to the sites of the local Go Associations without much effort.