As the newest member of IGF, Macau made its debut in the 1st WMSG with 5 young players all in green and white sportswear with the eye-catching green “Macau” on the back. On the first day of Men’s Team tournament, we interviewed the Macau team leader, also vice president of Macau Go Association, Io Kin Peng (Yao Jianping in Chinese) who was relaxing in a small friendly-game room. He and his team members are going to play on the 13th in the Men’s Team.
Ranka: What is your impression of this event?
Io Kin Peng: I myself have played many times in the Prime Minister Cup in Korea. During this WMSG, both the team members and I are very happy to meet so many go players from all over the world. Also I’m surprised at the rising go level in other countries, especially eastern Europe.
Ranka: Would you like to tell us the development of go activities in Macau?
Io Kin Peng: The Macau Go Association was founded in 1990. At that time, there were around 20 players: 10 were local Macau people; the others were migrants from mainland China. One of the main objects of the association is to promote go among the adolescents. Since then we have taught go to more than 2,000 adolescents for free. Now there are seven 5d young players in Macau.
Macau Go Association has a close relationship with mainland China. Our players have been invited to play in some important national amateur Go tournaments such as the Evening Newspaper Cup, Yellow River Cup and Commerce Cup. Also we have participated in international Go tournaments like the Korea Prime Minister Cup. As the new member of IGF, Macau will be able to play in the World Amateur Championship in Japan. Furthermore, I think that it is a good opportunity to be integrated into the international Go community .
Ranka: Are there any professional players in Macau?
Io Kin Peng: There are a lot of tournaments in Macau, for example, Macau Go Open, Youth Go Open, and “Spring Cup” go tournament, etc. Usually professionals, mainly from mainland China are invited to play teaching games during these tournaments. But there are no professionals, either from Macau or other places, living in Macau.
Ranka: where do people usually play go?
Io Kin Peng: They can play in the 150 sq. mt. go club rented by the Macau Go Association. Macau Sport Development Board has provided a 200 sq. mt. room on another island for people to play go. Both clubs are quite active, especially on weekends.
Ranka: Thanks and have good games in the next team tournament!