Upgraded paper Go Sets

Upgraded paper Go Sets
Logo upgraded go sets

Contributor/Project holder: Kalli Balduin
Edition: 2015
Start date: 1-1-2015

Project name: Upgraded paper Go Sets
Project description:

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The idea is to let beginners, especially children make there own Go set, after having learned the game.
With a ‘normal’ Paper Go Set, they will be happy some short time, because they will encounter the difficulty in picking up the captured stones from the board. They easily move other stones, while taking the captured stones and this might lead to a dispute over the situation. This might be the end of their first experience playing the game on their own, without having an experienced player, who could help.
But if you glue a little 1×1 cm cardboard under the paper stones, you can easily tip one side of the stone and pick it up. Simple but with a great effect.
Give the children a piece of cardboard, let them cut the pieces and glue them on the paper stones. This will give them their first selfmade Go set, which will be hold as a little treasure and not end up as another something they’d be given.

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Project aim:
The aim is to provide beginners or interested people with a simple but smartly upgradet version of the paper Go sets, given by national organisations as ‘give aways’ to beginners, children and interested people.
Means of the project:
Normal paper Go Sets, cardboard, scissors, glue.
Geographic extension:Schools, clubs
The result are happy children with selfmade Go sets, that is really playable, where you can really pick up the stones from the board.
The idea is to give something with immediate effect. Children or beginners learned the game but cannot enjoy their new interest with a proper Go set. With the upgraded version they can enjoy many games and learn about the beauty of Go, and maybe decide to buy proper stones.
Especially for children from families with lower income, this might be a step to raise their interest in the game, because they have it at home and can play properly.

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Public exposure:
This project is not specially for media but for people who are interested in promoting the game.
Human resources:
It takes the paper Go sets, cardboard, scissors, glue and some time to do the cutting and glueing.
Then you are ready to Go!

Financial resources:
Very low, just the paper Go sets, which are often given as gifts for interested people by national Go organisations, Cardboard can be found easily, glue and scissors are usually around.

There’s no limit in spreading this simple idea to let people everywhere have some firstexperiences of Go at home, without investing money immediately.
More paper Go sets!

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Additonal comments:
As an experienced Go teacher for many years now, I myself was surprised after doing this ‘upgrading’ of stones of the effects. Many more children play regular and tell me that they introduced the game at home to their whole family and telling me, that they could really play good games with their selfmade Go sets.
If I do introductory Go classes, all the children get the paper Go sets with a piece of cardboard.
And it works, they do it themselves, they cut, glue and play!
And they are happy and proud showing their families what they learned and made themselves.

Brunei Darussalam Go Association

Contributor: CHIN Sin Voon
Project holder: BDGA
Edition: 2015
Start date: 05/25/2011
End date:

Project name: Brunei Darussalam Go Association
Project description:
“Whenever you question something that has never been done before, that’s probably your cue to do it,” a sentence from a book Sin Voon read and got motivated to promote Go in 2005. Go is not known in Brunei, no Go Sets & no Books are available in Brunei; the vision continues. A team of Brunei National athlete with jersey appeared at the Brunei International Airport struck Sin Voon to aim higher – To dispatch a Brunei Team to International Go Tournament…
Project aim:
The aim is to continue promoting Go and allow involvement of youngster of Brunei. Ultimate goal is to achieve self-generated Go Club, Association and Members. To improve the levels of Brunei to be competent in any International Go Championship.
Means of the project:
Contacted Malaysia Go Association to purchase first few Go Sets.
Contacted International Go Federation via e-mail to compete in International
Approached Registrar of Society to become Official Association by 2011
Facebook to announce events and recruiting new members
Contacted World Pair Go Association via e-mail to request Go Set & Go Books
Contacted Taiwan Go Association to purchase Byo-Yomi Go Clocks
Time line:
2005 – Brunei First Go Club in College
2006 – Visited Singapore Go Association
2007 – Brunei Go Society established
2007 – Contacted Ms.Yuki Shigeno, International Go Federation
2007 – Brunei to join their first international – Korea Prime Minister Cup
2007 – Attended Go Demonstration in Thailand for South East Asia Games
2011 – Brunei Darussalam Go Association established
2011 – Recognised by Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport of Brunei
2012 – Member of International Go Federation
2012 – Member of World Pair Go Association
2012 – Member of Asian Go Federation
2012 – Brunei District Go Workshop
2012 – Attended Radio Television Brunei “Rampai Pagi” to talk about Go
2014 – Media Promoting Go – TV, Radio, News Media
2014 – Ordinary Member of National Olympic Council of Brunei
2014 – 1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament
2016 – Brunei to host the next South East Asia Go Tournament
Geographic extension: refer to the Additional comments below.


Enough Go Set for event but if members want to buy are not enough
More exposure to Brunei and Government Authority
More exposure to students & public
Members are improving in their skills
Public exposure:
Brunei Times
Radio Television Brunei
Pilihan FM – Radio Station Brunei
Sponsorships & Supports

Human resources:
All the Association members in
– preparing for tournaments
– organizing events
– broaden networking
Sin Voon CHIN
– founder /director
– organizer
Chai Hui LIM
– president
– organizer
Zhe Fan MAH
– International Secretary General
– Go tutor/ event judge
Financial resources:
Sponsorship from companies & ministries
Association memebrs funding on miscellaneous & gifts
Finalise official logo
Approach more secondary schools
Improving the level of Brunei players
to host Incredible Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament
to see Go Sets & Books are available in Brunei
Brunei is the host for the next South East Asia Friendly Go Tournament a.k.a. the 2nd Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament 2016 (in conjunction with Brunei His-Majesty 70th Birthday) -> expecting to inviting Macau, Korea, Taiwan and China too (depends on sponsorship and funding)


Go Sets
Go Books
Maybe a Pro teacher
Money to fund a clubhouse unit – official Association office, and self-generated classroom
Time and People to assist promoting the game
Additonal comments:
Brunei has about 400,000+ population of small market. It is a challenge but also an opportunity. As Go is very new to Brunei, full-time commitment in promoting the game is tough as existing members are graduating and started to find their own job/career. Thus, new people and more people are really needed to make Go blooms in Brunei.
For more information:-
+6737234768 Ignatius (ignatiuschinsinvoon@gmail.com)
+6737121185 Ms.Lim
The Association thanks many neighbouring Association in their kindness and supports-
Mrs.Vanthanee from Thailand Go Association
Mr. Tiong from Malaysia Go Association
Mr. Tan from Singapore Go association
Handy & Edwin from Indonesia Go Association
Korea Amateur Go Association
Ms.Yuki Shigeno from International Go Association
World Pairgo Association
Taiwan Go Association
Chinese Go Association

Ata und Ri im Reich der Steine

Ata und Ri im Reich der Steine
[Ata and Ri in the Realms of the Stones]


Project holder: Brett und Stein Verlag
Edition: 2015
Start date: 01-01-2015
End date:

Project name: Ata und Ri im Reich der Steine [Ata and Ri in the Realms of the Stones]
Project description:
Carolin is a primary school teacher and Gunnar a Go enthusiast who has started publishing books on Go in German language some time ago. After having organized several events at primaries schools to teach Go and Atari Go to children, it was our idea to address children and people not directly with the game of Go, but through other means. A children book telling an exciting story with big and colorful pictures would just be the right frame to impart the rules and motivate children to try the game themselves. Such book shall also allow teachers to use it worthwhile in school.

About the story and the book:
Two children, calling themselves Ata and Ri, have summer holidays, but its pouring outside. So they visit the old fisher who has always great ideas what to do. This time he proposes that each of them finds an item in the cottage and they will then create a game with these items. The girl Ata brings shells, Ri the boy black stones and the fisher has a piece of an old net. Ata likes the boy‚Äôs stones and wants some them, but Ri denies and says: “You have to play for them!” So they invent the rules of capturing stones by encircling them, using the fishers net to place the stones on, but always on the knots of course!
Once they start playing the storm outside increases and suddenly a strong whirl wind lifts them into the Realm of the Stones. Here they are not very much welcomed at the beginning as they disturb the game. They are asked to answer three problems to proof they have understood the rules properly to be allowed to go home again. Will they indeed succeed?
Yes you guessed right, in the end of the story the game will be named by their inventors: ATARI.
The book includes a short instruction how to make your own playing board and be creative concerning stones: anything will do from shell, stones, buttons, old coins… This way children are animated to make their own playing material and can identify themselves with the game.
The concept:
The idea is, that children read the book, solve the three problems together with the heros of the story, look for appropriate playing material themselves and start playing Atari Go.
Of course it is much more fun if adults are reading the book aloud while listening and looking at the big pictures and solve the problems all together before continuing reading.
Teachers can use this to cover classes where they have creative leeway. But the concept of reading to children in groups can not only be applied to schools and kindergarden, but also to after school care, events in libraries, book shops, birthday parties and much more. Teachers do not need to know much about Go as everything is given within the story. Just follow the adventure!
Several ancillary items have been created: an additional work book with easy exercises to strengthen the understanding of rules (also to support teachers), a 9×9 game set in the respective layout…
Project aim:
Aim and purposes:
– Animate children to have fun playing Atari Go!
– Create a new contact/entry point to Go via a complete new channel (children book).
– Teach rules of Atari Go in attractive and active way for children (and accompanying adults)
– Increase familiarity and knowledge about the basics of Go with children
– Enable teacher and other adults to play Atari Go with children having no pre-knowledge,
– Reduce fear and reservation of contact of people having no knowledge about Go
– Avoid any complexity of the game, but facilitate self study and to stimulate the joy of discovery of children

Target groups:
– Children in kindergarden and primary school (5 – 12 years)
– Adults having or working with children
– People with no knowledge about Go at all.
– Any Go enthusiast working with children

Means of the project:
Main: Children book
Important: People happy to read books to children
Accessory parts: work book, special 9×9 boards and sets, real shells collected from the beach…
Time line:
Preparation Phase:
January 2014 start of project
April 2014 contracting illustrator and graphic designer
August 2014 contracting printing company
28 October 2014 publishing („go live“)
Running phase:
Since November 2014 marketing events for the book and sessions with children

Geographic extension:
German speaking countries: Germany, Austria Switzerland Mainly schools, after school care, but also book stores, libraries…
– Publication of the book and starting of sales and events.
– book is available in online shops and can be ordered in any book store using ISBN.
– Reading/workshop in primary schools (by author and primary school teacher)
– Reading/workshop in kindergarden by different people
– Public reading with children in book stores (by authors)
– Reading & playing on game fairs in Munich and Stuttgart
– Scheduled readings with children (after school groups) in libraries (by authors)
– Reading/workshop in primary school by primary school teacher without Go knowledge
– First work book published and distributed to interested target group (mainly teachers, parents…)
– Very very positive and stimulating feedback from children.
– Very positive feedback from parents and teachers (including Korean family living in Germany).
– Loads of nice pictures with children playing Atari go.
– No training sessions needed for teachers to promote Atari Go in schools
Coolest result:
Felix (8 years old) had been enjoying the book as his auntie was reading it to him. Without knowing of his parents he introduced the book the following day in school forcing his teacher to read the book to all his school mates.
Public exposure:
– Announcements on various websites, go bulletin of the German Go Association and local news papers
Human resources:
Preparation phase:
Creation of book: Carolin and Gunnar as authors, Jan-Peter as illustrator,
Support: Lars and Steffi for graphic design and text consultancy
Publishing: Gunnar with his publishing company
Running phase:
Sessions of Reading: Caro, Gunnar, Felix (age 8), Rainer, Sarah and others
Advertising/making contacts: Philipp, Martin, Matthias, Christiane and many others

Feedback from Sarah S.
„I am a primary school teacher who has never played a game of Go before I met Caro and Gunnar. They introduced their book to me and suggested to read and play with a group of pupils in my school. On first of June I had such opportunity to fill an hour of a day of special activities in my school. I gave the story of Ata and Ri a try.
It took not much preparation and finally I got two groups of ten pupils (one hour each) with whom I read the book. We solved the three problems Ata and Ri were given by the Stones before progressing with the story. Afterwards the kids did some easy exercises from the workbook and now nobody could stop them to try the game themselves. It was a great project for me and the pupils. We had a lot of fun. I will use the book and the game again and will recommended it to other teachers.“
Financial resources:
Financial budget was provided by Brett und Stein Verlag (owned by Gunnar) as sponsorship for printing, illustrations, editorial support, listing in distribution channels, initial advertisement…
– Growing awareness of the book leading to…
… growing number of sessions with children reading the book and playing Atari Go
… growing number of school teachers incorporating the book and concept in their work
– Continuous promotion through contact session
– Creation of additional work books for primary school focusing on specific subjects like German, mathematics, English making use of the children book as a basis to support teachers in school
– Second volume, where Ata and Ri meet the stones again and learn about fencing territory :-)
Possibilities of copying this project:
Since the book is already available (in German) the starting point is easy: take the book, take a group of children and start reading together!
– More human ressources/support to have more session with children in schools, libraries etc.
– Financial support/budget could be used in different ways:
– new illustration for the ancillary work books
– for advertisement, e.g. in magazines focusing on children education, teachers and parents
– for advertisement in book shops
– for a dedicated website/app to bring children together who have read the book and want to play together
– Future: maybe translation into other language.

Winning of the Iwamoto award alone would increase the reputation of the book and its distribution to the target groups.
Additonal comments:
Copies of the full book can be provided to the Jury.



Feature picture of Goishi.nl

Contributor: Sybo Bruinsma
Project holder: Goishi.nl
Edition: 2015
Start date: 09/2014
End date:

Project name: Goishi.nl

Goishi in Japanese characters

Project description:

Keepcalm and play go

I am just an amateur go player. Go is not very well known in The Netherlands and other European or Western countries. Anything which helps raise familiarity among the broader public and spreads knowledge about the game I consider to be positive.
I think the appreciation for the game, in all respects, is enhanced if there would also be more knowledge and information about nice go materials (goishi, goke, goban, other). There was not yet a website specially designed and dedicated to nice go materials which gives a attractive array and display of beautiful go materials.
The main focus of the website (www.goishi.nl) is towards the photo album. The idea is to visualize nice go materials and thereby bringing more atmosphere to go players, enhancing the go playing experience and broadening appreciation for both the game and the materials.
Means of the project: All means are used.
Time line:
Geographic extension: Internet: dedicated website
Project aim:
Aim and purposes:

  1. Help increase familiarity and knowledge about the game of go
  2. Provide easy access point for information and photo’s
  3. Promote knowledge and spread information about go and go materials
  4. Help promote the appreciation for the game, history, culture and craftmanship
  5. Enhance player experience
  6. Be visually appealing to website visitors (album)
Intended target groups:
  1. General public
  2. Beginners
  3. Any go enthusiast from all over the world
  1. Since the start till to date, there have been 15,240 page views from visitors from all over the world. This is much, much more than I could have imagined
  2. Weekly 200 – 600 page views
  3. Several links and postings on various websites and online go related forums
  4. Announcement in go bulletin of the Dutch Go Association
  5. Very positive and stimulating feedback from visitors
  6. First search result on Google NL for search term ‘goishi’
  7. Fourth search result on Google.com (international) for search term ‘goishi’


Public exposure:
See also above.
Several mailings and postings.
Human resources:
Till now, this is a personal effort by Sybo Bruinsma, born out of hobby and personal interest. I have incurred all cost and time myself. Since the start, numerous hours were spent:

  1. Setting up the website
  2. Obtaining material, photo’s, information (very time consuming)
  3. Promoting the website internationally by mailings and postings
  4. Maintaining and updating the website
  5. Correspondance with go players from all over the world
  6. Making photo’s myself
  7. Etc.
Financial resources:
All cost and time was incurred by Sybo Bruinsma personally. No subsidies, grants, gifts from others. Main out-of-pocket expenses relate to setting up and hosting the website.

Go Board and stones

I would very much like to extend and prolong the website:

  1. More information, more web pages
  2. More photo’s
  3. Perhaps provide English version
  4. Perhaps: newsletter
  5. Incorporating better statistics
  6. Continous promotion through mailings and postings
However, (personal) cost and time is becoming prohibitive. Future extended development depends on obtaining funds and general support.

  1. Financial support
  2. General support.
Additonal comments:
More information on request. All questions and suggestions are welcomed.

Go Books Publishing

Russian publishing house of Go books
Igor Grishin and Mikhail Emelyanov


Gokniga.ru is a Russian publishing house of Go related books. It includes books about business, war and history, but also novels and anecdotes.
Reading our books will probably not improve your Go level, but it will motivate you to think about learning Go seriously, especially if you have never played Go before.
Most of the books are also available on the internet, for example a book about Go and business or a book aboutWW2, Hitler and Stalin.

An example

One example taken from a chapter about Göring. One Go task is included here – Black to play and kill himself, like Göring did in 1946.


Our goal is to explain that Go is not only an “Asian logic game”, but that it is one of the best ways to improve your mental and intellectual level, to make your children smart and to have a success in your business or job. We also aim at increasing the Go awareness by including it in other areas of interest (such as history, business, etc.)


We have published 10 books so far. All of them were published with huge numbers of copies (from 1000 to 5000) and are on sale now all over the Russia. They are available at the biggest offline bookstores. We have invested more than 20 000 $, and have attracted some publishing houses and distributors. As a result, thousands of new Go lovers appeared in our country.


Igor Grishin was the first one, who decided to prepare own books, instead of translating Asian Go books, or using ideas from them. At the current stage, work with distributors is the hardest part. We would like to see our books available in every city of our big country.

Possibilities to copy this project

The main problem for translating and duplicating our books is recognizing the fact that Go can be real and useful educational product. There is a point of view in Europe that Go is only a logic game. It is the main barrier for huge developing of Go.

Go on TV

Go on TV
Go-Verband NRW e.V. (Monika Reimpell)
German Go Association (Deutscher Go-Bund)


After a whole day of shooting, three days of cutting and a day of sound production the film was ready for broadcasting. Currently, we are supporting primary schools to incorporate the TV spot on Go as well as an introduction to Go and the Asian culture into their classes.In Germany, there is a famous TV program for children called “Sendung mit der Maus”. For more than 30 years now, an animated cartoon mouse explains childrenSendungmetdermaus2 aged 3 to 99 how the world works. On a weekend in September 2002, the mouse learned how to play Go! In a TV spot of six to seven minutes, Florian Chamot, a then nine year old Go child from Cologne, Germany, explains to the mouse team and all children watching the TV program how to catch stones and to build territory. And he showed the children that Go is a game with very simple rules where children can easily win against adults! The TV program was produced by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (the main TV station ofNorth Rhine-Westphalia) with the assistance of Go players from Cologne in summer 2001.
The first contacts with the WDR have been made through two channels: First, Kalli Balduin, the “head” of the Berlin children Go activities, wrote an eMail to the “Maus”, suggesting to feature Go in the “Sendung mit der Maus”, as it is a game with very simple rules that even children can easily learn. Second, our long-term relationship with the “Museum of Eastern Asian Art” in Cologne, where the Cologne Go Tournament takes place each year, led to our involvement in the actual production. The WDR (which is located in Cologne) contacted the museum, as they thought of producing part of the film in the museum, and the museum staff arranged with me for a child that could show Go in the film. From then on, we worked in close relationship with the WDR personnel, who even visited the Cologne Go club to learn Go themselves :-)


Spread Go. Make Go better known among children and their parents and teachers. Tell children that Go is an interesting game, that it is fun to play Go, that it is easy to learn Go, and that Go is a game where children have a good chance to win against adults.


To a high degree. Most people who saw the spot on TV agree that it is well designed to raise children’s interest in Go. In addition, the TV spot was broadcasted in the main German TV program (ARD), where it has been seen by over one million households, and it has been replayed about ten times over the week in regional TV programs.


Manpower: Florian Chamot and three adult Go players as well as a Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) TV team for one day of shooting, two adult Go players as well as a WDR TV team for four days of cutting and sound production. Of course, further resources are involved in the support of primary schools.
Go players gave assistence to the WDR in several areas:
(1) We gave them an introduction on how to play Go, so that they got an idea of the game.
(2) We discussed with them the film-script (“Drehbuch”). What needs to be told? What should be left out? Films for the “Sendung mit der Maus” may only last 3-7 minutes and are supposed to be understandable by children of kindergarten age!
(3) We arranged with them for the child to explain Go (Florian Chamot) and arranged for playing material like Go boards and stones.
(4) We supported the production of the film (e.g. recorded games, supported correct rule explanations). To have their films authentic, the WDR does not give scripts etc. to the children, but lets them explain things spontaneously. On the other hand, time and film material is limited, so that it is crucial to find the right balance between what can be left as is and what must be filmed again.
(5) We advised them during cutting. Things to watch for here are e.g. that the go game is shown in correct order and that no scenes from different games are mixed up.
(6) We advised them during tone production.
Things to watch for here is that the Go explanations are correct and that an appropriate terminology is used.
Financial resources: Euro 200, the rest was covered by the WDR.

Possibilities to copy this project

The “Sendung mit der Maus” is also broadcasted in many other European countries. Negotiations with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and the local TV stations in the other countries will be needed to initiate broadcasting of the TV spot on Go in the other countries. Go associations should offer their assistance in the translation of the spot and should arrange the provision of local contact information to the TV station in their country.

Tournament Magazine

Tournament magazine
Charles Matthews


Using sponsorship money from Hitachi, A5 booklets have been produced every year since 1996, based on game records collected at the tournament. They contain analysis by players such as Matthew Macfadyen, Jean Michel and recently Seong-June Kim. Every participant in the tournament receives a copy of the booklet a few weeks after the event. The booklet has grown from a small beginning (photocopied and produced without proper software for diagrams) to 32 pages of printed material. The level is mostly for kyu players.


Many demonstrations and many media reports of Go. The Andalusian Go Association produced an extensive report on the activities in their cooperation with the local government. The report makes note of at least 4 long articles in newspapers, at least 3 TV reports, at least 2 radio reports and it shows more then 15 photo’s of the events, mostly with children. This project makes use of the European Go Centre teaching material (Step by step). Unfortunately the report is in Spanish, so we can’t make a full summary.


Average manpower and costs.


Good, motivated tournament participation.

Promotion in Andalusia

Spreading Go in cooperation with a local government
Jose Manuel Vega
Andalussian Go Association


The Andalucian Go Association started a project of cooperation with the local government of Seville to spread the game of Go in several villages of the province of Seville.


Many demonstrations and many media reports of Go. The Andalusian Go Association produced an extensive report on the activities in their cooperation with the local government. The report makes note of at least 4 long articles in newspapers, at least 3 TV reports, at least 2 radio reports and it shows more then 15 photo’s of the events, mostly with children. This project makes use of the European Go Centre teaching material (Step by step). Unfortunately the report is in Spanish, so we can’t make a full summary.


Average manpower, low costs (subsidized)



National Go Server

National Go Server
Costel Pintilie


A plan to minimize costs for playing Go on internet, especially aimed at young and low-budget players. The contributor considers this as the most important tool in spreading Go and developing the Go community in Romania.
See Mr. Pintilie’s letter for more information.


The possibilities to realize this plan have been investigated, but seem so difficult that the realisation couldn’t start until now.


High manpower, low cost.