Stage de Go

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Stage de Go is a Summer School held (almost) every year in France at the countryside for two weeks early in July. Only in years when France hosts the EGC the Stage might get cancelled. Participation is often fully booked - at least in the middle weekend - with often in the range of 200 to 250 people attending.

Their formula is flexible, family-oriented and party-like. Everyone can be both student - of someone about 5 stones stronger - and teacher - of students 5 to 9 stones weaker. Every year they invent new teaching formulas - like 'cache-cache' (hide-hide), where two strong players take turns in explaining their thoughts in a game before an audience. Very often professionals teach there. Both Saijo Masataka 9p and Guo Juan 5p taught there several years, sometimes together.

Once, halfway the 1990s, both lea\d a team in a swim-go match. The senseis played a game with the plastic stones of the large demo board, which were fished from the pool and brought by swimmers to the other side, where the teachers played. The game was left unfinished when black outswam white and played two moved in a row. They invent new variations of go like this every year: 'Pétango' in 2007 - a bit like a game of pétanque - pushing go-stones into the opponent's half of the board. The hit of 1992 was 'ramasse pierres' (clear the stones) - a time-trial of cleaning a board with 360 stones placed at random. (The French Championships were such a success that Tony Steiniger - the late former EGF-secretary - organised Euro-Champs in 'clean-the-board' one week later at the EGC in Namur.) The atmosphere is party style, with dancing going on all night. But in the midst of the dance floor still two people might be playing a serious game.

In short: a lot of fun, but also an occasion to improve fast.

The current location for the stage (2024) is [ext] Balma. Before that, it has been hosted in [ext] Piriac-sur-Mer and [ext] Belmont-sur-Rance

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Stage de Go last edited by xela on April 8, 2024 - 14:15
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