Baduk (Go) Evening, 20 May 2019

Written by: Anthony Gilbert  |  Posted on: June 19th, 2019

An enjoyable evening learning to play the historic strategy game of Go.

Following a refreshing drink on arrival at the Korean Cultural Centre, Gerry Gavigan, a member of the Council for the British Go Association who is their London liaison officer, gave an introduction to the game. During Gerry’s introduction, delivered in the Centre’s downstairs library, we were all seated in pairs and Go boards with playing pieces called stones were distributed to us to use. We were allowed to keep these at the end of the evening.

The objective of Baduk (Go) is to obtain more territory on the board than your opponent. Gerry, together with his two instructors Joanne Leung and Alex Rix, showed us how to play the game, with BKS Chairman Martin Uden volunteering as the first of the attendees to play. With encouragement from his supporters he went on to win his game. The rest of us went on to play our games under supervision.

If you look closely at the photos of the evening you should be able to read an interesting extract from the instruction manual which came with the game.

Afterwards we all returned upstairs to the reception area where Korean food had been laid on for us. A very enjoyable evening worth repeating.

Our thanks to the The British Go Association, a voluntary organisation promoting Go in the UK since the 1950’s.

Photos of the evening from BKS member Anthony Gilbert:

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