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New Zealand – China Friendship Cup
 First New Zealand New Zealand – China Friendship Cup National Go Tournament
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of international relations between China and New Zealand, and also to promote China - New Zealand cultural exchange, with the support of the Chinese ambassador in New Zealand, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Wellington City Council the first New Zealand – China Friendship Cup open go tournament will be held on 6th and 7th April 2012 in Wellington. This tournament has the wholehearted support of the China National Sports General Office “Weiqi Qiyuan” and New Zealand Go Society. The Chinese “Weiqi Qiyuan” will send professional players Hua Yigang (8 dan, currently both vice chairman and secretary-general of the Chinese go association and director of the referees committee) , Wang Runan (8 dan, president of the Chinese Weiqi Qiyuan) and Hua Xueming (7 dan, female player) to New Zealand to participate in this event.
We extend a cordial welcome to numerous Chinese friends and New Zealand go fans to take part in this event.
 Tournament Results
Note the tournament conditions were amended by the organising committee so that everyone played 3 rounds but then dropped out of the tournnament after 2 losses.
 Some impressions of the tournament format
1. Tom Yuan is a superman. Arranging all the transport and accommodation, arranging all the playing material, food and juggling all the competing interests was a very difficult job which he achieved with great style. I fear he didn't get much chance to play over the weekend as he put his energy into making sure that everyone else did.
2. It is difficult to run a tournament without a designated tournament director and schedule. It doesn't matter who is given the job, but in future there needs to be one person with the final say on how the tournament is arranged.
3. The presence of professionals and participation from people who wouldn't normally take part in NZ tournaments lent a "festival" air to this tournament which made it difficult to compare to other NZ tournaments. In some ways it gained a much greater status than NZ provincial tournaments. In other ways it didn't match them for rigour. In my opinion it was a mistake to assign WAGC points to it, as it clearly did not meet the qualifying criteria.
4. The originally planned format of a 3 round Swiss to find 8 players to play in a knockout would have suited the conditions better than the format finally agreed on. In hindsight, given that the professionals were not in attendance on Saturday morning, it might have been better still to have had 4 rounds to decide a final four to play off in a knockout on Saturday afternoon.
5. Using a program to do the pairings to remove the human element worked well, except that the settings were not right originally and had to be adjusted after the first attempt to draw round 2. I would like to see the program (Macmahon
 Details for entering
Tournament time: 6 April 2012 (Good Friday) 9:00 am start 7 April 2012 finish.
Tournament location: Chinese Embassy Education department address: 37 Penrose Street, Woburn, Lower Hutt, Wellington
Participant registration fee NZ$20.00 per person. Free for current members of the New Zealand Chinese Go Society.
During the tournament the professionals from the China National Sports General Office will be invited to play against tournament participants, provide commentaries and teaching.
 Tournament food, accommodation and transport arrangements
Tournament participants make their own arrangements to arrive at tournament venue by the appointed time. Tournament participants arrange their own accommodation. The first day competitors pay NZ$30, comprising lunch ($10) and dinner ($20) The second day arrange own lunch The New Zealand Chinese Go Society will arrange the first day's lunch and dinner.
 The first New Zealand – China Friendship Cup prizes
- First place: Championship Cup and NZ$300 prize money
- Second place: NZ$200 prize money
- Third place: NZ$100 prize money
- Fourth – Eighth place: souvenir prize
 Tournament Conditions
NZ rules of go will be used with 7 points komi.
For each game each player gets 1 hour standard time plus 1 minute byo-yomi.
Day 1 April 6 (Good Friday)
- 8:30 - 9:00am registration and welcome
- Preliminary tournament: 3 round Swiss. To select top 8. Winners play winners, Losers play losers with SOS and SOSOS used as tie breakers.
- Professionals will play simultaneous games against competitors.
- There will be opportunities for contestants to seek reviews and teaching games from the professionals.
Day 2 April 7
- The top 8 play a knock out competition to decide the first 3 places.
- A professional commentary on the final game will be provided.
- There will be a commentary on a famous professional game.
- Teaching games will be available to competitors.
- Prize giving.
This event receives the support of the Embassy of China in New Zealand, New Image International Group – David Wu, Eastern Rock Enterprise – John Chen, Wellington City Council, New Zealand Go Society, Hawkes Bay Chinese Association, Paritua Winery, Tang Ming Corporation, New Zealand China Travel Company, Lin Jin Shui Chinese Art Studio and Yangtze Restaurant.
John Chen(NZ Go Society - Napier) Telephone(06)8445682，cell phone(021)2941308, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Shiyong Du (NZ Go Society - Auckland) telephone(09)2637588, cell phone(021)2963914, Email: email@example.com
Yucong Phease (NZ Go Society - wellington) telephone(04)9716500, cell phone(021)2675137,Email: Yucong@phease.org.nz
Tom Yuan (Wellington City Council) telephone(04) 8038513, cell phone(021)2278513, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand Chinese Go Society establishment meeting will take place during this event. We invite all Chinese go fans to register with the above contacts to join the NZ Chinese Go Society.
Follow up with First New Zealand New Zealand – China Friendship Cup National Go Tournament .
 Hawkes Bay Weiqi (Go) event
Follow up with First New Zealand New Zealand – China Friendship Cup National Go Tournament
Hawkes Bay Chinese Association and 新西兰华人围棋协会 will be held a Weiqi (Go) event
Paritua Vineyards and Winery
2112 Maraekakaho Road,
T: +64 (0)6 874 9180
- Time Table
Sunday, 8th of April 2 pm to 5pm
- Opening with wine test
Please bring a plate (Finger food preferred)
Professionals will play simultaneous games against local players.
There will be opportunities for contestants to seek reviews and teaching games from the professionals.
- You (Every one) are welcome to our Go Party on the Sunday evening 7 pm @ $25 each BYO at
The Singapore Restaurant 85 Hastings St Napier
 Hawkes bay event Sponsors
- Paritua Vineyards and Winery
- Hawkes Bay Chinese Association
- Hawkes Bay Go Club
- Eastern Rock Enterprise
 Tournament Details in Chinese
比赛名称： 新中友谊杯新西兰华人全国围棋比赛 及新西兰华人围棋协会成立大会
参赛人员： 任何人都可以。 参赛报名者每人20新元。 已经参加新西兰华人围棋协会的会员免费参加比赛。
活动内容： 第一天： 新西兰华人围棋协会成立大会 初赛，采取瑞士制比赛规则，抽签比赛，赢的与赢的比赛，输的与输的进行比赛，选出前八名； 比赛选手与中国围棋队代表进行自由切磋； 新西兰华人围棋协会会员与中国围棋队代表进行车轮大赛； 中国围棋队代表为参赛选手下指导棋。
第二天： 前八名采取淘汰赛，决出前三名； 中国围棋队代表对冠亚军的比赛进行挂盘讲解； 中国围棋队代表为参赛选手就围棋名局进行挂盘讲解； 新西兰华人围棋协会会员之间，协会会员与中国代表自由切磋； 中国围棋队代表下指导棋； 颁奖； 中国驻新西兰大使在大使官邸宴请中国围棋队代表，新中友谊杯前三名和新西兰华人围棋协会代表。
奖励： 第一名 冠军杯和奖金300新元 第二名 奖金200新元 第三名 奖金100新元 第四名至第八名 纪念品
比赛食宿交通等安排： 大使馆和在惠灵顿的新西兰华人围棋协会会员提供机场接送； 参赛人员自行安排按时抵达赛场； 参赛人员自行解决住宿； 第一天参赛者，交纳30新元，包括午餐（10元）和晚餐（20元）； 第二天午餐自由安排； 新西兰华人围棋协会将统一安排第一天的午餐和晚餐。
中国围棋代表团： 中国棋院将派华以刚，王汝南和化学明来新西兰参加次盛会。 代表团将从4月6日起访问惠灵顿，及北岛几城市。
此次盛事得到中国驻新西兰大使馆， Newimage Group David Wu，新西兰岩东公司的陈炬强先生，惠灵顿市政府,New Zealand Go Society, Hawkes Bay Chinese Association, Paritua Winery, 唐明集团， 新西兰中国旅行社，林金水国画工作室，和长江酒家的赞助。
杜世勇先生 (新西兰围棋协会奥克兰) 电话(09)263758,手机(021)2963914, Email: email@example.com
昱聪女士 （新西兰围棋协会惠灵顿） 电话(04)9716500,手机(021)2675137，Email: Yucong@phease.org.nz
袁同先生 （惠灵顿市政府） 电话(04) 8038513, 手机 (021)2278513, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
 An appreciation of the Chinese contribution to Go in NZ - G Parmenter April 2012
The game of Go (Wei Qi), invented in China thousands of years ago, took a long time to find its way to NZ!
Unless Chinese gold miners brought the game here with them, the first appearance of Go in New Zealand was in 1902 when the Otago Witness newspaper began publishing a weekly Go column, probably the first in the Western World. This was a translation by Chess editor John Mouat, of Oskar Korshelt’s articles on Go published in 1880/81. Korschelt, a chemist and engineer, had spent a decade in Japan teaching and while there he studied Go with Honinbo Shuho the top player of the day. For many years his articles were the most comprehensive introduction to the game in the West.
This early appearance of Go in NZ had no lasting influence and we have to wait until the 1960’s for a reappearance. Auckland university students, in that decade of exuberant experimentation, with garish disregard for the refined aesthetics of the game, made their first Go sets of square red and green plastic counters, selling them in Woolworths!
It took ex-British policeman Bob Talbot, to get the locals organised and meetings at his house in 1974 led to the formation in 1975 of the Auckland Go Club. The Auckland club received early support from Japanese 4-dan amateur Hidenao (Nao) Hata, a student of English at the university. At the first Auckland Go congress in 1975 there were no players of dan rank but Bob Talbot became the first New Zealander to achieve that later in the year. In 1976 the first NZ Go Congress was held in Auckland.
The newly formed NZ Go Association, looking for a set of rules, found nothing comprehensive in English and so boldly created their own “Definitive Rules for Go” published in the handbook for new members in 1975! In 1978, the Chinese rules were published in Go World by James Davies, and after some do-it-yourself tinkering, they were adopted as the NZ rules. This distinctive mix of Chinese simplicity and Kiwi rigour is now one of the sets of Go rules recognized internationally.
What is apparent from early attendance at the NZ Go Championships is that the participants were predominantly Kiwi’s with very little representation from the traditional Go playing countries of China, Japan and Korea. But these home grown NZ Go players soon received a lot of support. In 1978 the Japanese Go organisation, the Nihon Kiin, ran Go instruction seminars, inviting players from around the world. In 1979 they initiated the World Amateur Championship, with generous sponsorship from JAL. New Zealand was one of 16 countries represented at that first tournament. The tournament became major motivation for the development of Go around the world and now there are 60-70 countries represented at the World Amateur Go Championships each year.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, NZ players benefited from tours by professionals from both major Go organisations in Japan, the Nihon Kiin and the Kansai Kiin as well as by groups of amateurs from Osaka led by the irrepressible Hyodo Syunichi, a self-confessed “Go Kichi” (Go Crazy) known in Europe and America for his enthusiasm for the game.
Our highest ranking visitor was Chinese professional Wu Song Shen (9-Dan), who was then based in Sydney. He came to NZ to teach on two occasions, in 1987 and 1988. His calm manner and generous teaching style were a delight to the NZ players who attended his workshops in Wellington.
A significant Chinese contribution to NZ Go, of a more personal kind, occurred during the 9th World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) in Beijing in 1987, when Barry Phease, with his mind on more than Go, wooed Cao Yu Cong, an official at the tournament. She came to NZ as his wife soon after! Yu Cong had studied Go in Bejing as a youngster and was one of NZ’s strongest players for many years, representing NZ at the World Womens’ Amateur Championship (6th place 1990, 5th place 1991), WAGC (1993), World Pair Go tournament (97, 99, 02, 04, 06), and the first World Mind Sport Games in Beijing (2008). As well as her influence as a player, she and Barry produced three fine Go playing sons, becoming NZ’s first Go playing dynasty.
The 1st Mind Sport games, held in Bejing in October 2008, was a monumental achievement by the hosts China in their Olympic year, bringing together nearly 3000 competitors from 143 countries, to compete in five popular mind sports (Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi). New Zealand was well represented in Go with a team of 11 players, and our men’s team finished a brilliant 7th in their group, a remarkable result considering that most of the top teams contained professional players.
Since 1995 there has been a gradual shift in the Go playing population in New Zealand, from mostly Kiwi players spread throughout the country to a predominance of players who were born in China and live in Auckland. This involvement of Chinese born players in the NZ Go scene has certainly helped raise the standard of play at the NZ Championship and means NZ can send consistently strong representatives to the World Amateur Championship. The welcome involvement of Chinese players in the administration of the NZ Go Society also means the visit in 2012 of a delegation from the Chinese Weiqi Qiyuan is just one of the benefits NZ Go players can look forward to in the future.
Wu Song Shen teaching during a workshop in Wellington in 1988.
Feel the power! Wu Song Shen playing a simultaneous game during a workshop in Wellington in 1988. (L to R Wu, Colin Grierson, Alan Guerin, Barry Phease, Yu Cong Phease)
Graeme Parmenter April 2012