On March 11, 2013. Golden Key hosted the first GTA Children's Go Tournament. The tournament served as a practice tournament for the 2013 Canadian Go pen. The Tournament attracted 14 players under age of 12. The first place went to Judy Liu (1K) with 3 wins, 2nd place went to John Nicholson (1K) with 2 wins, third place went to Qingyuan Wu (1D).
For other divisions, 5K to 9K, winner is Richard Bao (5K). 10K to 14K, winner is David Kang (10 K), and beginner division winner is Richie Zhang (15K)
Before the tournament
Before the tournament, Golden Key Go Instructor, Louis Liu (5D) give a simple lecture reviewing the 3-3 joseki, and explained some basic life and death go problems. The children also had some time to practice go before the tournament starts. During the practice rounds, Eric Yang (3K) won against both Judy Liu and Qingyuan Wu with his strong invasion and attacking skills. Unfortunately, Eric lost to John and Qingyuan during the tournament, ending up to be the fourth place in the tournament.
If anyone feels our third place winner's name, Wu Qingyuan, sound familiar, it is the name of one of the most talented go player in the 20th century, known to the Western world as Go Seigen (Japanese pronunciation).
During our award ceremony, the children were informed about the 2013 Canadian Go Open Tournament and its new children's division. Our young go players asked many questions regarding the 2013 Canadian Go Open Tournament from their point of views.
We are sharing some of the questions here:
1. What is the age limit for the children's division for the 2013 Canadian Go Open?
The age limit is 12 years old. So you need to be 12 years old or under on the day of the tournament.
2. Will the children winner be representing Canada at the World's Amateur Go Tournament?
Unfortunately, no. If you wish to win and to represent Canada, you should join the adult division.
3. Will the children allow to join pair go?
Yes! You are welcome to join the pair go section. By the way, it is not very easy for everyone to find a girl partner for the pair go. So if you have someone in mind, you should persuade them to register!
4. Are we going to have the chance to play with professional go players?
Yes! You will have the chance to play with professional go players during one-to-many games. We will ask you to register for it once we have the set schedule.