Proyecto Gakko no Go

Proyecto Gakko no Go

Contributor: Maria (Loli) Puerta
Project holder:
Edition: 2015
Start date: 01/08/2008

Project name: Proyecto Gakko no Go
Project description:
The Gakko no Go project started in 2008 with the aim to teach go in the school and has been developed, at least, in five schools affiliated to an educational and public catholic organization spread all over the country named “Fe y Alegría” (Faith and Happiness, founded to teach low income family children and also teenagers). Gakko no Go project was born when, in 2008, a young and enthusiastic catholic Sister and teacher named Marisela Mujica, was enchanted by Hikaru no Go comic. She proposed Loli Puerta to dictate a Go game workshop to schoolchildren on Saturdays.gakko-avgjesusm The name of the school is ¨Jesús Maestro¨ , it is located in the middle of the bigger marginalized favelas in South America. Some players of the Venezuelan Go Association, mostly volunteers, give lessons during the school year and make a Final Tournament (by individuals and by teams) at the end of the period. Tournaments help the children a lot to have discipline and to desire to improve. In adittion, we could observe the children appreciate very much to have a ¨judge¨ in their lives.
As the project progressed became necessary to help the volunteer teachers, because there isn´t any guide or method in Spanish language. During the 2012-2013 school year, thanks to the International Go Federation, our project could find the support to improve the quality of the method. Fernando Aguilar, the best player of Latin America, supervises us and created a ¨progressive method¨ used since then to teach, available now for all countries of Latinoamerica in the web page of the Iberamerican Go Federation:

Project aim:


The aim of the project is, using the moral values and rules of living of the game, help the children to improve their self-esteem and tolerance for those with different ideas than their own, improve in their thinking and reflecting ability, in their capability to stablish and obey group norms, and they have best school performance too.
The place where the children live is an extremely dangerous district. These children became adults too quickly. The target groups are the 4th grade children (10-12 years-old) before they become teens. They start at 4th grade of elementary school and the projec follow-up grow for three years until 6th grade.
After 6th grade they have to go to another schools (Fe y Alegria secundary schools; public or private schools) therefore Go is spreading naturally to other places across the city and country. Slowly but continously. Project can not keep track of them but the Venezuelan Go Association keeps in touch by inviting them to participate in tournaments.
Means of the project:
At the start of the project, there weren´t any means,no go boards and go stones, only the library salon to meet. gakkonogo2012jm Volunteers of the Venezuelan Go Associaion carried out their equipments. For the project, AVG made a big magnetic go board. In the while, children made themselves go boards with paper and go stones with caps of soft drinks. In 2009, The AVG got a set of GO stones donation by Thai Go Association. These stones were brought to Venezuela by a volunteer group, The Go International Exchange Society, which kindly loaded up that heavy material from Japan (the stones traveled Thai-Japan-Venezuela). These were twelve sets which allowed the AVG to expand the Gakko No Go Project to four schools: Maria Inmaculada, Kennedy, Aguirre and Bonet (school for deaf-mute).
We have no Go books, we have the guides written by Mr. Fernando Aguilar
Nowadays, go stones are very difficult and very expensive stuff. A lady of the AVG is making go boards of denim.
The children live in a poor area without facilities, for most of them Internet is only available in the school Jesus Maestro.
Time line:

Geographic extension:
Petare, a neighbordhood favelas in Caracas, Venezuela
  1. Every year around thirty new children learn the Go Game. This means 30 families took contact with Go
  2. Children participated in tournaments, learned discipline and felt proud of their medals and gains achieved
  3. Children involved in the project developed better sense of friendship
  4. Children also developed interest in foreign languages like Japanese and Chinese
  5. Children had oportunity to represent Venezuela in the tournament ORION by Internet. It was a prove to adquire responsability
  6. Children have participated in a little Tournament of Mind Sports Games, public demostrations festival,the Japan Cultural Week, Sports Japanese Festival, etc., making contact with other cultures
  7. Iberoamerica has now a written method of teaching go in Spanish which helps instructors and volunteers in the continent
  8. Even so the children who abandon school because of their hard lives, keep in their heart Go, like a good stuff to remember
Public exposure:


Red Innovemos of UNESCO distinguish the project to appear in their web page:
Human resources:

  1. Sister Marisela Mujica (Fe y Alegria) : organize and coordinate all the go activities for classes and tournaments in schools (at least four hours per week since 2008)
  2. Ms. Maria (Loli) Puerta organize and coordinate all the go activities between Fe y Alegría and Asociación Venezolana de Go (at least four hours per week since 2008)
  3. Mr. Fernando Aguilar (one year/half-time and tree visits to Venezuela (around 25 days)
  4. Mr. Omar Pacheco (2dan): main teacher (at least, two hours per week since 2008-2012, 2012/2013 five hours per week in 9 months, 2014 three hours per week, during three months)
  5. Mr. Julio Melchert (2dan): teacher (at least, 2012/2013 five hours per week during 9 months, 2014 three hours per week during three months)
  6. Mr. Daniel Gutiérrez (1dan): volunteer teacher (at least two hours per every two weeks since 2011 until now)
  7. Mr. Angel Gutiérrez (3kyuu): volunteer teacher (at least two hours every two weeks since 2011 until 2013)
  8. Mr. Jesús Gómez (10kyuu): volunteer teacher (at least 1 hour per month since 2013 until now)
  9. Mr. Tomás Rosario, Mr. Irwin Henández, Mr. Aghner Flórez, Mr. José Parra, Mr. Gerardo Useche, Mrs. Agnes Metanomsky, Mr. Fernando Febres, Mr. Ramón Núñez, Mr. Abel Pérez (at least 30 hours each one)
  10. Sisters and staff of the Jesús Maestro School and one coordinator in every school
  11. Another go players assistants tournament from 2008 until now
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    Financial resources:
    • Loli Puerta (Venezuela): gifts for equipments and prizes
    • Marisela Mujica (venezuela): gifts for equipments
    • Yoji Ogawa (Japan): gifts for classes 2009,2011, 2012, 2013
    • Anshu y Carmela Pankoke (Germany/Italia) gifts for classes 2010
    • Asociación Venezolana de Go: subsidies for tournaments
    • Fe y Alegria: place for games
    • Thai Go Association: Go stones
    • Sociedad de Intercambio Internacional de Go: gifts for classes 2009
    • Colegio Japonés de Caracas: gifts for prizes 2012/2013
    • International Go Federation: 2012 sponsorship to Fernando Aguilar and Asociacion Venezolana de Go
    Since 2013 we have no financial resources due the very difficult economic situation of Venezuela.
    For 2015-2016 school year we have a challenge: keep the project active !!!
    During the project we detected something more to do: Give some lectures to the parents and teachers in the schools. Our new challenge is to involve them for better support of the children.


    Gakko no Go Project needs gifts to pay a teacher who can give Go classes as a formal matter (inside the school program). Volunteer time (Saturdays) is not adecuate to control and develope the program.
    One hour class per week /per school/per teacher costs 10 US$ (transportation to school takes two hours). It means US$400 per year/per school. We would appreciate it very much if somebody can colaborate with us.
    Also, if somebody can donate: go stones, stuff for prizes (like books, go t-shirts, etc) also would help a lot
    Additonal comments:
    Thanks a lot for invite us to participe!!

Felt Go – Colour Up Your Go Life

Felt Go – Colour Up Your Go Life

Contributor: Steffi Hebsacker
Project holder:
Edition: 2015
Start date: 12/02/2014

Project name: Felt Go – Colour Up Your Go Life
Project description:
About 1,5 years ago I’ve got the idea, since longer time I am thinking about how to make a demonstration board for the floor, like the chess-games with the big figures which you can see in parks and other public places. Because for a 9×9-game you already need about 80 stones, one game set is too expensive. Then I have seen coloured felt in department store, not too expensive and easy to handle. And then I started to make the first example.
The board 100x100cm is made out of a thinner felt (1,5mm), becauce everbody could put it in a normal bag. The lines are painted with an Edding. Distance of the lines is 10,5cm. The stones are bigger felt (2-3mm). The diameter is 9cm, cut with a scissor.


Project aim:
Spreading Go, of course! To adults, children, especially small children, that like the coloured felt a lot.
Means of the project:
Do it yourself! You need the felt, a scissor, a ruler, an edding (550 in black) – that it is!
Time line:
Geographic extension:
Schools, clubs, street, public places, fairs.
To help people who are teaching Go to beginners, or to have something to catch the focus of people interested in games, for example at fairs or game events where not everybody knows the game of Go. They should not pass the Go booth without a stop because of this big-size coloured game.


Public exposure:
I have presented the felt Go last year at the EGS in Sibiu. A lot of people, different age, different strengh, amateurs and even professionals, played one or more games. There have been articles about Felt Go in the DGoZ (German Go Journal) and on


Human resources:
You only need the (wo)manpower of one person to buy the felt, to paint the lines and to cut the stones. Within three or four hours one set should be ready. But children can help to make it as a teamwork project for example at school.
Financial resources:
In Germany the costs of the felt for one game are about 20 Euro in a department store (Karstadt). To buy it online should be possible too.
With an explanaition everybody can produce a Felt Go by themselve – with low costs and within short time. It will hopefully help a lot of people to spread Go all over the world! Even in third world countries it should be possible, hopefully.

I hope for more puplicity so people can ask me how to make it and I can send them an instruction PDF.
Additonal comments:
Also very nice … a mini version for very small children: 5×5-board (size about 20x20cm), stones are delimeter 3,5cm. And I have made one 19×19-Felt Go – hard work to cut 360 stones … but it’s possible!


ORION Latin-American Team Tournament (Under 18)

ORION Latin-American Team Tournament (Under 18)

Contributor: Siddhartha Avila
Project holder:
Edition: 2015
Start date: 22/08/15
Enddate: 22/12/15

Project name: ORION Latin-American Team Tournament (Under 18)
Project description:
Last year we held a pilot tournament online, the “ORION Latin-American Team Tournament (Under 18)”, with participation of 12 teams (3 players per team) from Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador and México. The ORION Latin-American Team Tournament (Under 18), is an online event which pretends to be held annually, for teams of 3 Latin-American players each.
In our region there are local efforts in almost all countries to teach and spread Go to children, but there is little communication among them, which makes it hard to boost Go promotion and development. With internet we have a great opportunity to connect all those valuable human resources and surpass the barriers of distance and high costs of travelling on the Americas region. Our aim is to create a virtual platform where friendship ties and competition around Go is possible for youth but as well for teachers, since the spirit would be to share and improve our playing level and teaching methods.


Project aim:
Gather under 18 Latin-American players to compete in a serious tournament online each year, representing their club, school, academy, or national association. This way the adult players and Go teachers in Latin-America will be encouraged to begin or to continue the noble path of promoting Go among youth on their respective countries.
Means of the project:
Electronic devices, Internet, social networks.
Facebook event:
Official site:
OGS Tournament room:
Friendly matches with korean dojang:


Time line:
Each year:
August: Promotional material to the public, email invitations to all Latin-American national associations.
September, October: Register period and contact with Go teachers.
November: Players and teams confirmation period, play tournament.
December: The Latin-American winner team plays a friendly match with a Korean children team.

Geographic extension:
The online tournament is focused on children and youth at the Americas, but it will also be a platform to build new bridges between America and Asia since we will always look for a friendly online match for these regions at the end of the tournament.

Latin-American players (under 18) will test their abilities with their counterparts from the continent. Go Teachers will be aware of their teaching methods’ strenghts and weaknesses, as a whole, the region would improve exchanging experiences.


Public exposure:
We will forward results information to each participant country so that they find the means to publish it locally. We will publish the results and report on Go related websites.
Human resources:
The team consists of Diego Albuja (Ecuador), Sebastián Montiel (Chile), and Siddhartha Avila (México), who spent 160 work hours on promoting, invitations, web page of the tournament, organization and coordination (registering, pairings, results, etc.)
Go teachers: Should conform the children teams, send registering information, be responsible of direct communication during the tournament.
Financial resources:
On-line Go Server sponsorship, hosting the tournament.
Gogameguru sponsorship, Badutktv subscriptions.

Hold this tournament each year with the eventual participation of all the Latin-American countries with a Go National Association. In the near future, this event would even be a reference to have our youth team selection to represent Latin-America at international tournaments.


Studying material and Go equipment is still hard to find within our region and in our common language (spanish), making it difficult to extend Go practice in the environments where our children are likely to be, such as libraries, schools, parks, museums, etc. This is the reason why we would use the resources to acquire Go material, equipment and online training for the outstanding teams and players from each country.
Additonal comments:
We would like to thank the organizers of the World Wide Iwamoto Awards for receiving our entry.

Implementation Go in Prisons, Youth Prison in the Guantanamo province. CUBA

Implementation of the practice of Go in Prisons, Youth Prison in the Guantanamo province. CUBA

Project holder: Hermes Rodríguez Pons . Shodan
Edition: 2015
Start date: 12/02/ 2013

Project name: Implementation of the practice of Go in Prisons, Youth Prison in the Guantanamo province. CUBA
Project description:
The project stems from the assessment of teacher GO Hermes Rodriguez Pons ShoDan. District Chaplain of the Evangelical Pentecostal Church (Assemblies of God) who value what could contribute GO teaching, Christians linked to improving the vision of life goals, behavior, values and human principles and through this effect change in human values internally.


The acceptance of the directors of prisons allow inmates attracting young people interested in GO. The GO as something new draws attention to everything that helps the acceptance of others. Taking advantage of the space and time for the teaching of GO, it is a dialogue on human values and how the GO influences the logical, moral and ethical thought of the person.
Support of the Cuban Go Academy in teaching material and equipment which are not always enough, has contributed to extend the practice and teaching. The lack of equipment limits us to continue developing and expanding to other objectives we have identified.

Project aim:
  • Disclosure, teaching and practice of Go in prisons
  • Model the behavior of the internal through teaching, learning and practice of Go
  • Use internal time while serving his penalty
  • To contribute to the rapprochement and improvement of social behavior based on internal values of Go encouraging ethical, human and friendship principles
  • Preparation of inmate study habits in mathematics and other lessons, when he joined the social life
  • Interact and build together their families, providing support for the achievement of a good relationship
  • Achieve them, discipline, order and responsible behavior in social life
Means of the project:
  • Go equipment and teaching material provided by Cuban Go Academy
  • Infrastructure provided by the Youth Prison in Guantanamo Province
Time line:

Geographic extension:
Youth Prison in the Guantanamo province. CUBA
It is a project with great results through the game of GO joined the gospel of Christ, we can achieve in not only good internal athletes also good people who learn the discipline, order, responsibility, maturity in character, be useful to others and in life, helps them make transparent and suitable for a new relationship in the family both socially and spiritually.
We have seen the shift in thinking of the inmates who have joined the project.
During the project we taught the practice of GO to 63 inmates. This is a project of continuity as long as we have the materials and equipment for their maintenance and sustainability.
Public exposure:
This project has been disseminated through the Cuban Go Academy in several forum was published in the journal of the American Go Association E-Journal and its results will be published in the press.
Go in prison in Cuba
Article in the American Go Journal of Sunday July 13, 2014
Human resources:


Professor, Hermes Rodríguez Pons, ShoDan. Chaplain District of the Evangelical Pentecostal Church (Assemblies of God) from the city of Guantanamo.
Professor, Reymundo Rojas Ocaña 2 Kyu. Teacher in physical education and Priests Chaplain of the Evangelical Pentecostal Church (Assemblies of God) from the city of Guantanamo.
Time spent on the project is: Thursday and Sunday from 3 pm to 6:30 pm

Financial resources:
Financial resources are scarce, the project is based on an agreement between:
The prospects are infinite, had the willingness of teachers, equipment and literatures
We want to continue to grow in the project to other prisons, if we could have support in Go equipment, literature and other media that contribute to the objectives of the project and its expansion.

Material and financial resources to help develop the best conditions GO teachers on their performance, preparation and authority.
Additonal comments:


Institutional Based Access to Go in the Municipality Huellhorst/Germany

Institutional Based Access to Go in the Municipality Huellhorst/Germany


Contributor: Wolfgang Claßen
Edition: 2015
Start date: 1st August 2014
End date:

Project name: Institutional Based Access to Go in the Municipality Huellhorst/Germany
Project description:
The starting idea was to offer Go to some pupils of the comprehensive school in Hüllhorst from one teacher and Go-player in 2013. This offer was not in demand at all. The reasons were diagnosed in that nobody knows something about Go except the answer of the question in several crossword-puzzles about an Asian game with two letters.
Project aim:


The reasons for the fascination of Go ist clear for everyone who already knows or plays Go, thus the problem of the pupils not choosing Go as a subject in school seems to be solvable in spreading Go by implementing the meaning of go in the heads of as many inhabitants as possible in the whole community from all agegroups. As Hüllhorst is a little municipality, the institutional facilities are overseeable and all age groups can be reached easily by a single person commitment.
The centre of making Go well known and teaching Go is of course the comprehensive school in the municipality Hüllhorst, the only higher education school in the community with about 1300 pupils from class five (10 years old) to class 13 (19 years old, A-level). In the consequences of the experiences of the first Go-class ERG 8 there was established a well equipped special Go-room. In this Go-room all the lessons of the comprehensive school courses as well as the course of the college of further education and the free go-playing time could take place.
So the idea concludes in trying to reach every age group in the municipality of Hüllhorst through using all the existing institutional facilities.
The aim of the project is to spread Go systematically in all public educational facilities in the municipality of Hüllhorst to people from the kindergarden to the retired adults – that means from the age of 3 – 99.


Means of the project:


The Go-Instruction started in August 2014 with a HEBSACKER ‚Schul-Go-Koffer‘ (15 9*9-Sets) sponsored by the ‚go4school‘ project of the German-Go-Association dgob and – because of the pupils of the ERG 8-class soon increased their Go-skills – additional with a HEBSACKER ‚Schul-AG-Koffer‘ (four 9*9 and three 9*9 combined with 13*13 boards ) financed by the parents-association of the comprehensive school and in addition with three 19*19 boards combined with 13*13 boards from the school-budget.
The Go-Project started with the help of the GELSENWASSER AG award gained in May 2015 which made the project well prepared for every Go-lesson offer for all-age classes that are presumably going to start in August/September 2015. Three more 19*19 boards with stones and gokes, three chessclocks and a lot of teaching books for beginners and advanced players were purchased.
A special Go-room in the comprehensive school is equipped with an interactive whiteboard of the recent generation. modern notebooks (30, bought in 2015) are achievable in the next floor beside the Go-room, Tv, Dvd-player, overhead projector and traditional blackboard can be taken for granted. A Go appropriate decoration will follow. This room ist reserved for all Go-activities of the comprehensive school and it is also to be used by the college of further education and for the future free Go-playing location. The kindergarden and primary schools have their own opportunities.
The primary schools are all now already equipped with the ‚Schul-Go-Koffer‘ too. All the participating institutions, the kindergarden, the elementary-schools and the comprehensive school are already/will be equipped with Filz-Go from Steffi Hebsacker (Image 3) and the all teachers will be provided with teaching material and supported by instructions from the project holder. All the necessary material is already ordered and payed for and its arrival is expected every day. To craft the Filz-Go with the provided material is a necessary task for the kindergardens and the primary schools. All the material was payed for with the funds of the GELSENWASSER award.
Time line:


  • August 2014: First Go-course ERG 8; Go as a subject established in the school schedule. Result: 14 eight graders participate.
  • February 2015: The pupils of the Go-course demanded additional playing time only for Go. Result: The headmaster permitted a course OMA during the lunch break. Result: 5 to 15 pupils from grade 5 to grade 9 every Wednesday.
  • March 2015: Participation in the GELSENWASSER AG Project ‚vonkindauf‘ competition to finance the education-material of current and future activities and with the objective to support Go in the communal primary schools and kindergardens in addition to our comprehensive school. Result: Award of 1600.- €.
  • May 2015: Go-Information-Day (Workshop included) for the target audience teachers of all the pre-schools and primary-schools, interested teachers of our comprehensive school and representatives of all our classes 5th to 10th class. Result: 73 participants.
  • August 2015: Students can choose Go as an elective among other alternatives such as physics, sports etc. starting in August 2015. Result: The students elections are still in progress; for example indications for Go the class 9 about 64 indications (first informal update 2015-05-29, no indications last year).
  • August 2015: Starting Go in the pre-school (kindergarden), primary school, communal youth centre and at the comprehensive school in 4 courses.
  • September 2015: Starting Go in the college of further education.
  • Everything is to be continued as long as possible.
Geographic extension:
All the activities take place in the whole municipality of Hüllhorst, a community with around 13000 inhabitants in an area around 50 km² in East Westphalia, a community in the beautiful rural northeast of North Rhine Westphalia/Germany.. 5 out of 5 elementary-schools (red) , 5 out of 6 kindergardens (pre-schools; blue), the comprehensive school (about 1300 pupils; Z white), the college of further education (c yellow), a free go-playing location (yellow) and a communal youth centre (y green) as you can see in the map of the Municipality of Hüllhorst.


Since the inaugural ERG 8 course started in August 2014 the fourteen boys from this cours were systematically instructed to play Go. They took part at an Go-school-match with the Go-AG from the high school Gymnasium Leopoldinum Detmold /Germany organised by 2k BENSEL and at the Ponnuki Paderborn 9*9 Competition on 30th May 2015 which was subsidized by the parents-association. From this course two teams will participate at the HPM-German-Championship on 19*19 boards in September 2015 in Berlin.
A special Go-room with opportunities of storing the whole teaching material as books, go boards and stones, interactive whiteboard for internet-based education was designated and reserved for all Go-activities.
The amount of pupils choosing Go as a subject increased for example within one year from 7,8 % to 35,6 % in year 9 and in year 10 from 0 % to 8,2 % (in total almost 180 pupils per year; from 2014/15 to 2015/16). In class 9 we will have advanced pupils from the former course ERG 8, so the astonishing amount of elections is probably based on mouth-to-mouth advertising within the class 8.
Current results in the running project are also already several Go-playing children in the community of Hüllhorst outside of school since the Go-information-day at 12th May 2015 (Image 1) and since the elementary-school-day 21th May 2015 (Image 3 and 4) which could be realised with the recently purchased material.
Public exposure:
Press publications:

Neue Westfälische Minden-Lübbecke vom 12.05.2015Westfalenblatt Minden Lübbecke vom 13.05.2015

  • Neue Westfälische Minden-Lübbecke vom 12.05.2015 (left)
  • Westfalenblatt Minden Lübbecke vom 13.05.2015 (right)
Human resources:
Teacher and project leader for all the lessons in the comprehensive school and for the support of the primary school and preschool teachers is currently only the project holder. The volunteer teachers in the elemantary schools had already been instructed at the Go-information-day in May 2015 and will be further supported by individual visits of the project holder. In their lessons they will be supported by pupils of the comprehensive school according to their place of residence as they already did on the elementary-school-project-day on 21th May 2015 (Image 4). The project holder (Image 2) is qualified by being a teacher and a Go-player who ist professionally taught by a german 6d Go player and by a seminar in March every year headed by an 8p professional.
Financial resources:
The financial resources consist of the schools own budget, the parents association fund and mainly by the GELSENWASSER award. The lessons of the project holder courses are within his duties with the agreement of the principal because they belong to his regular school-schedule.


The headmaster is already looking for some new teachers with a Go – qualification and subjects mainly English or Mathematics for the upcoming school years to diversify the Go-lessons.
The kindergarden, primary schools, comprehensive school, the college of further education and a free go-playing location courses and events will be continued. In order to consolidate the interest of the pupils and the adults competitions are planned in our community hall in Hüllhorst.
With all these methods of getting Go spread by an complete institutionally based access program Go should become well-known by people from all age-groups as an fascinating, interesting and sophisticated game witin the municipality of Hüllhorst. The demand for Go lessons should increase. Maybe this concept finds some imitators in other communities in order to establish the game Go more and more in all the education institutions in the wider society.
The headmaster of our comprehensive school ist looking for teachers with a Go –qualification. The material sources could be extended with further 19*19 boards for the adult-appropriate level and to motivate the pupils by using fine material with adequate stones and gokes and with more teaching material.
We are actively searching for experts who could give Go-presentations and lectures at our school and the community hall.
Additonal comments:
Images and several videos can be send, there are a lot of them from all the already realised events.

Go: education for the competition of life

Go: education for the competition of life
Picture of Go: education for the competition of life

Contributor/Project holder: Codrin Vasiloancă-Smirnov
Edition: 2015
Start date: 1.09.2010
End date:

Project name: Go: education for the competition of life
Time line:
The project was started in 2010 and since then it is developing continuous in one year cycles – so, each year the project is started in September and is ended in June.
September to October: promoting phase, introduction of the Go game in kindergartens and schools, distribution of flyers and leaflets
October to December: courses
December to January: competitions to consolidate the knowledge.
January to May: courses
May to August: local, regional and national competitions of Go
Geographic extension:
Kindergartens, school, see effect on EGD database
Project aim:


The project is being developed in the schools and kidergartens of the metropolitan area of the cites Brăila and Galatzi, Romania – these towns are separated by a 20 km distance, so being so close one to another they form together a metropolitan zone. All the conclusive activities are registered in the EGD database.
Promoting and implementing Go in the 5-10 years children area (kindergartens and primary schools) as:

  1. a long life formative, educational and therapeutically way
  2. a competitive way to attend performance
  3. a superior and far more complex way then chess, for developing a creative and powerful analytic mind

Project description:
Since 2010, the project is repeated annually on the same pattern: in September-October, instructor FRGo Codrin Vasiloancă visit kindergartens and schools in the cities of Brăila and Galaţi, present demonstrative lessons to the 5 to 10 years old pupils in order to get a selection annual basis comprising between 60 and 80 practitioners.
Lessons are structured in 2-3 steps: Go’s presentation in the form of stories illustrating the basic rules, then as a martial art and as a competitive discipline involving the organization of mini competitions of atari-Go (elementary level playing) on 9×9 boards; students who began the study in previous years are following regular weekly study program, which includes tactical and strategic preparation through competitive games and lesson games.
On the long term, the project aims to create a significant population of Go players in Brăila-Galaţi metropolitan area and to determine the public recognition of the Go game as a formative discipline superior to chess, both by complexity and by its power to illustrate the philosophical and the moral values of human life. In addition to courses organized in kindergartens and schools, occasionally seminars are organized for persons able to support the development of this activity (
On the short term, the project aims the selection of gifted childrens for competitive performance. To this end, the project involves numerous competitions.

Means of the project:
  • Playing equipment
  • Contest timers
  • Demonstration boards
  • Laptop and pairing software
  • Internet access
  • Camera for photo and movie


Here is it a list of the most important competitional results of the project in the past few years, presented by the individual performance criteria:

Elian Ioan Grigoriu, born in 14.05.2001, selected in September 2011 in the city of Galatzi, School No 29 “St. Ana”:
Mihai Matei, born in 2.03.2007, brought by his mother to the Brăila Go Club in octomber 2013:
Daniel Pascu, born in 11.10.2006, selected in September 2013, in the city of Brăila, at “Free Children” kindergarten:
Dragos Boldeanu, born in 25.09.2007, selected in september 2013, in the city of Brăila, at “Free Children” kindergarten:
Andrei David Decu, born in 21.03.2007, selected in september 2013, in the city of Brăila, at No 37 “Dumbrava minunata” kindergarten:
Victor Vasiloanca-Smirnov, born in 23.08.2005:
Florin Gabriel Barbu, selected in september 2010, at seven years, in the city of Brăila, at “St. Ana” Catholic School:


Public exposure:
National Go Championship of Romania Under 8 and 10 years
Calificari National Go Championship of Romania Under 8 and 10 years
County Championship of Brăila Under 8 and 10 years
Elian la Academia Europeana de Go–un-succes-la-prima-_315940.html


Human resources:
The project is initiated and continuous managed by Codrin Vasiloancă-Smirnov, in his quality of Go Instructor accredited by the Romanian Go Federation, and represents a full time job.
Occasionally at competitions, the project is supported by third parties, as supervisors and referees.

Financial resources:
The project received in the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) sponsorships from firms in Brăila, which partial covered the following:

  • Prizes and awards for competitions
  • Rent rooms in schools where courses were conducted
  • Telephony Service
  • Expenses for Go camps
  • Purchase of Go sets and demonstration sets


  • Growth of the population of active Go players
  • Public recognition of the Go, along with chess, as a an effective method to obtain strong mental
  • Recognition of the Go as a therapeutic approach to mental health preservation, and as a way of understanding moral and philosophical principles of life
  • Imposing Brăila and Galaţi as centers of training and preparation in order to obtain Go performance in Romania.

  • Obtaining substantial financial support on medium term (3-5 years), allowing financial independence for those maintaining the project and its growth according with the young apprentices potential offered by the municipalities Brăila and Galaţi
  • At least 3 or 4 more instructors – they must be paid
  • More competitions with prizes
  • Camps and Go cantonments
  • Go materials in each kindergarten and school with teaching Go (currently, Codrin Vasiloancă “walks” every day with a backpack filled with stones Go between kindergartens and schools where he teaches)
  • Go seminars for the training of trainers
Additonal comments:
Please visit the danubiango facebook page:
In here I present some results of the project reflected by pictures and even a short movie.

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 (
+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.

Go for Kids

Realisation of lessons combined with children tournaments.

Stefan Budig


Teaching project in elementary schools during regular schooltime. Full programme with lessons, internal school championships and a big local children tournament: “St.Georg-Cup”.
See the mail of Mr. Budig for detailed information.


Manpower: high
Costs: average


Good. The St. Georg Cup had 130 participants in 2000, which makes it the biggest tournament in Germany apart from the European Go Congress in the same year.