North London Go Club
Meetings
Tuesday 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Allatson Room, Parish Church,
Church Row, Hampstead,
London, NW3 6UU.
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Kobayashi Chizu, 5 dan, born 28th September 1954 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. She is the sister of several professionals and was a student of the very famous Minoru Kitani and became 1 dan in 1972, 2 dan in 1973, 3 dan in 1974, 4 dan in 1976 and 5 dan in 1978. She has won several Womens' Professional tournaments (Women's Championship three times and Women's Kakusei Title 1989 & 1993), winning more than 300 games in total. She has attended the European Go Congress eight times.

Recently, she has been resident in Europe for a number of years including Berlin, Vienna and Paris. She sponsored and taught many of the western inseis in the Nihon Ki-in. During most of 2007 she was 'cultural ambassador' in Vienna. She returned to Japan in 2010 and became International Director for the Nihon Ki-in.
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We meet every Tuesday to play, discuss and teach Go.

Meetings
Tuesday 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Allatson Room, Parish Church,
Church Row, Hampstead,
London, NW3 6UU.

Our club has existed for many decades, we persue Go for :

Playing Go in real life is more fun because of the social element of meeting and greeting the people who play the game.

If you haven't been introduced to Go, Go is a board game, created in China thousands of years ago. Go gained popularity mainly in the far east, probably because it was difficult to obtain Go boards outside of Asia.

Go has many names, in China it is called Weichi, Korea it's called Baduk, Japan it's called Go(which is where it has gained most it's fame).

Go is a traditional game based around strategical placement war units in order to obtain territory. Go has a history of being taught to the great leaders of asia from royalty to the generals of great armies, there are stories of games deciding a dispute which stopped war from occurring. Japanese Geisha were also trained in the playing of Go, as time went by, it became a past time of more people.

Like most great games, Go is a simple to learn, but difficult to master.

Mastery of the game, requires the learning of many mental skills including analytical, intuition and psychology.

Each player can impose their own style into their strategy and due to each person's style, mood, learning and personality each game is different from each other, making it fresh and interesting.

Due to the great number of combinations of moves in a game of go, it is currently not possible to calculate the game. Thus far computer AI has not been able to compete against top professional Go players of the Far East