Go-ing For It!

April 5, 2019
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It’s a no-nonsense flat game board consisting of a 19×19 square grid and black and white pebble pieces. The object of the game? To take control of more territory than your opponent by placing white (or black) pebbles on the board. Heard of the game before? It’s called, Go and it’s one of the oldest board games in the world. Like chess, the basic rules of the game are simple, but it’s the strategy that players use that separates good players from great players and recreational players from professionally-ranked players. This month, ten-year-old Sumire Nakamura made her debut as the youngest professional Go player. How did she become such a Go-getter? Well, she started playing when she was three and is a part of a special program in Japan that helps nurture Go players so that they can compete with their peers in China and South Korea in international tournaments. Her father is also a ninth-dan (or ranked) professional player (the highest rank in professional Go) and won a national title in 1988. We’ll be cheering you on, Sumire! Go, Sumire, go!