I live in Antwerp, a city in Belgium. Started playing Go in december 2008. Reached 12k on KGS after a year, 10k in march 2010 (15 months after I started playing).
July 2010: After a terrible tournament my BGF rating dropped below the level I started with :-( A Painful Experience...
September 2011: After a year without go I picked up playing again. My KGS account was erased, but it was still free. So i created it again and reached 11k after winning 6 of 9 ranked games.
I wanna thank the members of the Antwerp Go Club who gave me a lot of advice for improving my Go play.
I have two daughters (11 and 12 years old) who took go lessons (AntwerpGoClub/Jeugdtraining) given by volunteers of our club. They played only once a week. Not enough to become strong players, but maybe (i hope) enough "to plant the seed". Sometime, maybe, they get a stronger interest and start playing go again. For a while, they just enjoyed playing and I was happy to see them having some fun with their weekly games and excercises.
Go books I've read:
- Learn to Play Go Series Vol.1 A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game
- Learn to Play Go Series Vol.2 The Way of the Moving Horse
- Learn to Play Go Series Vol.3 The Dragon Style
- Learn to Play Go Series Vol.4 Battle Strategies
- Learn to Play Go Series Vol.5 The Palace of Memory
- GradedGoProblemsForBeginners Vol.1
- GradedGoProblemsForBeginners Vol.2
- Life and Death, by James Davies (Elementary Go Series Vol.4)
- Tesuji, by James Davies (Elementary Go Series Vol.3)
- Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go, by Kageyama Toshiro
- In the Beginning, by Ishigure Ikuro (Elementary Go Series Vol.1)
- The Second Book of Go, by Richard Bozulich
- Attack and defense, by Ishida Akira and James Davies (Elementary Go Series Vol.5)
- The ABC's of attack and defense, by Michael Redmond
- GradedGoProblemsForBeginners Vol.3
- Making Good Shape, by Richard Bozulich and Rob van Zeijst (Mastering the basics Vol.3)
Waiting on my bookshelf to become useful:
- GradedGoProblemsForBeginners Vol.4
- Speed Baduk 4,5,6,7,8,9
- 1001 L&D problems, by Richard Bozulich (Mastering the Basics Vol.2)
- Dictionary of Basic Joseki Vol.1 and 2, by Ishida Yoshio
- The Middle Game of Go, by Sakata Eio