The 32nd US Go Congress 2016

My flight to New York was on the 29th of July, and I was pretty excited about participating in the 32nd USGC in Boston. In the beginning of June, I suddenly decided to go to the USGC. Professor Daniela asked me “What are you going to do during the summer vacation?” and she told me that going to the USGC would be a good experience for me. At that time I was considering what to do in vacation. About a month later, the Korea Baduk Association put an announcement that they would support two professionals who participate at the USGC. I naturally applied as it felt like the right sequence in a joseki. In the end, I and Dahae Lee 4p were selected.

us_go_congress_2016_01The US Go Congress is the biggest Baduk event in North and South America. It is held once a year and spans one week. About 600 Baduk players participated in this year’s event. It included a big variety of activities such as US Open Masters, US Open, Women’s Tournament, Evening League, simultanous games, Crazy Go, Pair Go, game reviews and lectures. I thought that the program satisfied Baduk players. The USGC is a utopia for Baduk players.

I checked out the congress website to get some information before going there. There was various information. Among lots of events in the congress schedule, Google Deepmind team’s lecture ‘The story of AlphaGo’ caught my attention. I really wanted to listen to the lecture.


My Trip to Canada

At the age of 16, when most teenagers are exposed to different stimuli from this wonderful world, is the time when I met Baduk, and it has since influenced me comprehensively. In the free times I spent, most of the friends around me, my attitudes towards people and so on. It brings positive changes to almost everything surrounding me.

I can’t imagine my life without Baduk.


6 July 2016, 18:00, AC62 Air Canada, for the first time in my life, I travelled across the great North Pacific Ocean, to proudly represent Myongji University to participate in the 3rd Annual World Collegiate Weichi Championship at University of Toronto, Missisauga, Canada.

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What a great weekend!

Went to Daejeon on Fridays to have a look at 중원 바둑 학원 (Chungwon Baduk hakwon), ended up staying until the evening and teaching the children Baduk and English. Thanks 김한비 for showing me your great hakwon and giving me the opportunity to get some experience. I’m coming back next weekend!

Michiel Tel, Masters Student

Baduk English Club

badukenglish3First, there was a very fierce 9 by 9 match between the Netherlands and China. China won the long ko fight, but the winner of the game was Michiel!
After that we studied one of the Ing Cup quarter final matches. Do you recognize the game?
Study questions: How about playing elsewhere? Which variation do you prefer? Which move was the losing move? Why do you call this move the winning move? Can you say ‘he overspent his time’? 🙂


The Future of Baduk(Go, Weiqi) in the Age of AI: Lee Sedol Vs. AlphaGo Google Deep Mind Challenge Match

Time: 10:00 am, March 25, 2016
Venue: Grand Conference Room, Pangmok Momorial Hall, Yongin Campus, Myongji University
Hosted by Korean Society for Baduk Studies
Co-sponsored by Korean Association of Baaduk, Myongji University



Part 1

10:00~10:30 Registration
10:30~11:00 Opening Ceremony (Chair: Se-Young Kim, Secretariat)
Welcoming Address : Professor Woosuk Park (KAIST, President of Korean Society for Baduk Studies)
11:00~11:25: Lecture 1
History of AI Baduk
‣ Professor Byung-Doo Lee (Sehan University)
11:25~11:50: Lecture 2
How to Design AI Baduk
‣ Master Chanwoo Kim (Professional Baduk Player, Developer of Baduk App.)
11:50~12:30: Lecture 3
The Tournament between AlphaGo and Human Baduk Player
‣ Master Hye-Yeon Cho (Professional Baduk Player)

12:30~14:00: Lunch

Part 2

14:00~14:25: Lecture 4
Baduk After AlphaGo
‣ Professor Dong Gun Kam (Ajou University)
14:25~14:50 : Lecture 5
The Challenge of Dolbaram
‣ Mr. Chang Hyun Choi (Noorigrim Co.)
14:50~15:10 Lecture 6
The Technical Meaning of the Match between Human Master Baduk Player and AI Baduk Player
‣ Professor Soo-Hyun Jeong (Myongji University, Honorary President of Korean Society for Baduk Studies)

15:10~15:20: Coffee Break

15:20~15:50: General Discussion: Chair: Professor Chi-Hyung Nam (Myongji University, Vice President –in-Chief of Korean Society for Baduk Studies)
15:50~16:00: Closing Ceremony

Daniel Chan’s after graduation story

My name is Daniel, I graduated from Myongji University Baduk Studies Department in 2013. After graduation I went back to Singapore and work as the Executive Manager in Singapore Weiqi Association for 1.5 years. I then set up a Go school, The GO Academy with Mr Kang Zhan Bin 6p in November 2014 where our opening ceremony was graced by the Minister of Education. Currently we have more than 200 students and we started our second centre in June 2015. Since the opening of our school, we have organized 2 regional championships and the National Primary School Go Championship which attracted more than 400 participants.  Our school has also created the first infographic poster on Go and it was shared more than 150 times on Facebook. (Daniel Chan)

For more information check Daniel Chan’s website:

Baduk Studies at Graduate School with Korean Government Scholarhip

kgspHow about applying for the Korean Government Scholarship Program and study Baduk at Myongji University in Korea? Master and Ph.D. course are available. (For the Bachelor course apply 6 months later.)

If you will be granted the Korean government scholarship, you won’t have to pay any tuition or entrance fee, and you will enjoy additional benefits such as airfare ticket, a settlement allowance, a monthly allowance, a research allowance. You can apply via embassy OR University (applying both will disqualify you).

How to apply via Myongji University:
1. Period: Feb. 2, 2016 ~ Mar. 15, 2016
2. Contact: Phone. +82-31-330-6734 / e-mail.
Office of Graduate School, Ms. Hyunjin Kim

Check out which countries are eligible and whether you meet the requirements in the guideline.

KABA, KBA and Myongji University Sign MOA

The Korean Amateur Baduk Association and the Korea Baduk Association signed an agreement with Myongji University on “Baduk education and promotion“.

1454547020811_imgIn 1998, Myongji University had signed an agreement on “joint research on Baduk culture” exchanging relevant information and joint research for developing Baduk culture as well as conducting business and hosting events together. The Korea Baduk Association and Myongji University agreed to cooperate together on mutual understanding and trust in terms of Baduk education and promotion to develop the Baduk culture.


My Baduk’s Life at the Dept. of Baduk Studies, Myongji University in Korea

As it is widely known, Go is called Weiqi in China while it is called Baduk in Korea. Myongji University in Korea is the first university that has opened the department of Go Studies. I am an amateur go player and have played go for more than 25 years. Since 1994 when I was graduated from teachers’ college, I have started business related with Go education in my home country, Rizhao in China. One day, I saw the Korean TV series named MisaengIt helped me to have my final decision to fly to Korea for getting my Ph.D. of Go Studies.

When I was at the desk of Korea Embassy in Beijing for getting visa, I was asked why I chose to go to Korea not toAmerica. My answer to him was that it is because I want to earn my Ph.D. major of Go in Myongji University of Korea and it is the only place in the world where I can learn about Go as a major.

I know little about Korean language and I worried about my age. I kept asking myself, is 46 too late for me to starta new thing? When I was so worried about my age, I met Daniela Trinks who is from Germany. She had started her bachelor degree for Go studies in 2008 and finished her Ph.D. course for Go studies in August 2014 at Myongji University. Now she has become an associate professor at the Dept. of Buduk Studies in Myongji University for this year. Her eightyears of studying really encouraged me. Also, I found out that Go has gained more interests from both the Asian and the Western people.

Ms. Trinks showed me the new building, the newly built offices, and the new classrooms of Baduk studies wherestudents and faculty members have just moved in. Meanwhile, Prof. Jeong Soo-hyun, the founder of the Dept. of Baduk Studies and his graduate students focus on a project called the Baduk & Psychology. Three questions have aroused fromhis project. 1) Why do Go become attractive to many audience through TV shows or movies? 2) Compared with the rule of baduk which is so simple, why does the game be complicated and have charming characteristic? 3) Why do professional players cannot avoid such foolish mistakes on the game board? Is there any unknown reasons? Concerning these issues, his teaching method is experimental and practical for me. My classmates and any other professional people have becomevery interested in this study. My Baduk’s life have started from here and just like what Dean Prof. Nam described under her course named Player Criticism, life is full of challenges but it is pretty enjoyable and fruitful when I am with Baduk.

Sun Daechang, Ph.D. student