Bruneian is youngest Go player Japan championship

MATSUE CITY, Japan (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) – A 13-year-old Lim Feng Yang from Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan made his debut at the 40th World Amateur Go Championship (WAGC) 2019 in Matsue City, Shimane, Japan on June 2-5.

Among the 60 participants in the competition, Feng Yang is the youngest, while the oldest competitor was 62-year-old from Azerbaijan.

The young Go player from Brunei Darussalam who put up a valiant performance however only managed a win out of eight games.

Feng Yang said, “It was an eye opener to see many Go enthusiasts from around the world.”

Accompanying Feng Yang was Vice President of Brunei Darussalam Go Association Chin Sin Voon.

The WAGC is an international tournament for amateur Go players held once a year since 1979. This year’s organising body is the International Go Federation (IGF).

Chief Referee Takemiya Masaki (professional 9-dan) said that the game, Go, is universal and serves as a platform for building bridges among players from different countries.

Throughout the event, the participants also visited Matsue Castle and experienced the Lake Shinji sunset cruise, Japanese  tea ceremony, sweets making, Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) and more.

The 41st WAGC is set to take place on May 28 to June 4 next year at the Far East Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia.