The International Society of Go Studies (ISGS) held their founding ceremony on February 17th at the Korea Baduk Association (KBA) in Seoul, Korea. The event was attended by about 60 people, including many officials of Go organizations, such as the former president of the IGF, Park Jungchae; Secretary-General of the Asian Baduk Federation, Kim Hyuanghee; Secretary-General of the Korea Baduk Association, Yang Jaeho 9p; the president of the Korea University Baduk Association, Kim Jinhwan; the president of the Korean Women’s Baduk Association, Lee Kwangsoon; and the head coach of the Korean National Team, Mok Jinseok 9p, to mention only a few.
Nam Chihyung, dean of the department of Go Studies at Myongji University, was inaugurated as the president of the International Society of Go Studies. In her inauguratory speech she said, ‘So many people in Korea and abroad contributed to founding the society. I would like to thank all who have helped us including today’s distinguished guests.’ Along with her thank-you message, she explained the background and reasons for the establishment: ‘Upon facing the crisis of the possible closing of the Department of Go Studies, we have been encouraged and supported by Go lovers around the world, which made us realize that Go Studies is not just for Korea, nor just for the Go department at Myongji University. This has led us to decide to establish the ISGS.’
Photo: ISGS president Nam Chihyung (Courtesy of Oh Myeongjoo/KBA)
The new society succeeds the Korean Society for Baduk Studies (KSBS) which actively promoted Go research from 2003 to 2018. Following the footsteps of the KSBS, the newly founded International Society of Go Studies aims to promote academic research on Go, activities that help spread and teach Go, host academic research presentations, publish an academic journal, as well as foster exchange among research institutes, organizations, and businesses. The inaugural volume of the Journal of Go Studies consists of six research articles in Chinese, Korean, and English, along with an essay, and a book review of an academic Go book. The journal is expected to be published twice a year, with the next volume to be published in August.
Photo: Founding ceremony of the International Society of Go Studies (Courtesy of Oh Myeongjoo/KBA)
Former KSBS presidents Lim Seongbin, Park Woosuk, and Jeong Soohyun will serve as ISGS Honorary Advisors, and endorsed the new organisation’s endeavors in their speeches. Additionally, foreign video congratulatory speeches were conveyed from ISGS Vice-President Sun Yuan 3p (China), Honorary Advisors Tanioka Ichiro (Japan) and Korsak Chairasmisak (Thailand), LG Cup winner Chou Chun-hsun 9p (Chinese Taipei), and directors Xu Ying 5p (China), Wu I-Chen (Chinese Taipei), and Silvia Lozeva (Australia).
Quite differently from the KSBS, the ISGS executive is of international background, as listed below:
- President Nam Chihyung (Korea)
- Vice-Presidents Sun Yuan 3p (China) and Ohashi Hirofumi 7p (Japan)
- Auditor Kang Nayeon (Korea)
- Secretary-General Kim Chaelim (Korea), Secretary Kim Donghan (Korea)
- Honorary Advisors Lim Seongbin, Park Woosuk, Park Jungchae, Jeong Soohyun, Kim Dalsoo (Korea), Thomas Hsiang (USA), Tanioka Ichiro (Japan), Korsak Chairasmisak (Thailand)
- Directors (Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Canada, Croatia, Australia)
For the complete list of the executive and other information on the ISGS, contact Secretary-General Kim Chaelim at email@example.com, or check out the website (to be opened soon).
Report by Daniela Trinks (Dep. of Go Studies, Myongji University)