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Rengo (Pair GO), Tournament

7th Yunlin Cup PAIR Tournament in 2015 (preannouncement)

You ever want play with and/or against monks a Rengo tournament in a temple ( in [Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province/People’s Republic of China][1] ) ? – Boommark the 7th Yunlin Cup PAIR Tournament in 2015… here a short review of the 6th one, which took place in February 2014.

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February21, 2014, the Sixth Yunlin Cup Invitational Pair Tournament of the GO had its grand opening ceremony in Zhejiang Hotel. The Tournament was organised by Lingyin Temple in its Centre for Buddhist and Go Culture, and jointly sponsored by Jacobs Biotech, Ltd. Lingyin Monastic Manager Venerable Yankong delivered the opening speech, and over 70 venerables and Go players from all over the country attended the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony started at 7pm, 21 February in Guiyu Hall, Zhejiang Hotel. Monastic Manager Venerable Yankong expressed his gratitude on behalf of Lingyin Temple to all players who came to join the tournament.

The first round of the tournament took place right after the opening ceremony and a ballot. A point-based ranking system was applied in this Tournament, and the duo with the highest total points out of the 32 teams after three rounds of games would become the winners.

The game continued in Lingyin Temple on 22 February. Venerables from Lingyin Centre for Buddhist and Go Culture, professional players such as Cao Dayuan, Chen Linxin, Liu Shizhen, Lu Jun, Hang Tianpeng, Mao Yuheng and Zhang Yueran, and amateur players from all walks of life, competed in the games and exchanged tactics and strategies.

**Behind the Go is much wisdom and philosophy. Chan, the Buddhist term, initially meant the observation of the truth of the universe while thinking in quietness and concentration. Similarly, the game of the Go requires the observation of the full picture with calmness and caution, and emphasises on the acquisition of insights of wisdom about life.** Playing the Go in Lingyin temple adds a tinge of Chan philosophy to the games, and helps the players better understand the Chan ideas of integration and harmony that operate beyond the board.

As the Yunlin Cup Tournament proceeded in Lingyin Centre for Buddhist and Go Culture, the players, bathed in Chan, competed in quietness. The games were no longer dominated by the obsession about the results, but by full concentration on each present move. The young Zhou Junhe, a 10-year-old pupil at Shanghai Taoliyuan Primary School, stood out among the players: Despite his age he was already a 4-dan amateur; and he made every steady move with composure.

The first five places of the current Yunlin Cup Pair Tournament were decided at around 4pm after several rounds of fierce competitions. The duo comprising Venerable Ziyu from Lingyin Temple, and the professional player Zhang Yueran, won the first place. Lingyin Abbot Venerable Guangquan attended the closing ceremony and presented awards to the winners.

Venerable Guangquan (middle) with champions Venerable Ziyu and Ms Zhang Yueran
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Both the Go and Buddhism have exerted profound social influences throughout the cultural history with the spirits of humanitarianism and inclusion they both promote. Lingyin Temple has been holding the past six Yunlin Cup Go Tournaments to take advantage of the sport as a platform to provide opportunities for professional and amateur Go players to exchange experiences and techniques, to promote communications between Hangzhou Buddhist community and the Go community, to enhance the Go level of Hangzhou Buddhists, and to enrich the Buddhist culture with traditional sports.** Moreover, the tournaments were organised to express the wish to seek for more tolerance, gratitude and pre-destined human relationships, and to spread and revive the Go by introducing more people to this discipline. At the same time, the undertaking of such events would bring the Lingyin Centre of Buddhist and Go Culture out of its residence in Lingyin Temple to the front of the public and to the life of the common people, and would present the progressing image of contemporary Buddhist monks who are actively engaged in traditional culture and arts.

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(Source: http://en.lingyinsi.org/detail_7099.html )

[1]: http://en.lingyinsi.org/maps/

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About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…

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