If you had $1,000 for the Go community

I would probably spend it on youth Go promotion - get 'em while they’re young!

Sponsorship of a youth Go team - team t-shirts/hoodies, travel costs for attendance at Go tourneys/camps.

Establishing Go in countries where it is less known - Greece? Other egf associate member countries? By provision of equipment for new clubs there maybe. Cost of school outreach sessions?

Contribute to a youth safe go server? BGA were looking into this. Especially for younger players, having somewhere to play that feels safe to parents/schools would be great.

The problem will be finding people (volunteers) through which to spend the money. My thoughts (far from original) all rely on someone to actually do the promoting/coordinating/teaching.

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With 1000 eur don’t make a long list.
A magnet demo board, a few go sets or a computer if you have them and that’s it

For OGS today for what i read before here, workforce could be a good idea to assist @anoek but you don’t go far with this amount…

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I agree. We need more information. Where has this money come from? What’s the general intention for it? Who’s it going to? What’s their situation? Is there likely to be more money in the future or is this a one off?

Nice to see that there is some funding going in somewhere though :slightly_smiling_face:

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I would personally sponsor a Go club in a school, but not a school that already has 100 other activities; a school that has none.

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I’m curious about this. What’s so unsafe with the current go servers?

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My previous thoughts:

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My youth club has built up 1000$ excess money from member contributions. We already have enough equipment and there are not much other expenses.
I could make some donation to our go association for development of youth go elsewhere in the Netherlands, but the association already has money available for that. Money isn’t really the problem here in the Netherlands.
The problem is more a lack of people that have time and ability to promote and develop (youth) go, for example to write a series of books in Dutch that can be used to teach individuals and classes of various levels, something like the Dutch (original) version of Learn chess with the Steps Method - step1 to Learn chess with the Steps Method - step6 (a book series from beginner level to quite advanced level).

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I guess there are still orphanages there? I admit a high goal, but still maybe some would end up liking Go.

You’d need trainers to go to those orphanages. They are not going to teach the children themselves.

So, the association has money but not trainers?

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Yes, there are some trainers who give some occasional workshops here and there, but I think I’m currently the only one who runs a weekly youth go club for a long period. Few people have time and means to go to a school every week during daytime.

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It doesn’t have to be every week. Twice a month would be special. Imagine kids waiting each first Saturday of the month eagerly anticipating their monthly Go tutor visit, to show how they played in between.

Photocopies of a couple tsumego to work on.

A person with a laptop that will screen the alphago documentary for starters could be an initiative. See if interest sparks.
Maybe a movie about Go, maybe our Go meme thread.

My point is, it doesn’t have to be the absolute best organized schedule for a proper set of students with bright Go futures ahead of them.

It’s reaching out to new groups, yes money can’t just be thrown. :woman_shrugging:

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There was another biweekly youth club on saturdays in a Chinese school for some years (2 groups), where the school paid the trainers about 40$ each per time (it was more or less like you describe). Starting wasn’t the problem, but maintaining it was more difficult.
The trainers had like 1 hour travel time (one way), so it would take about 3-4 hours from their free time on those Saturdays. Somewhere along the line, fatigue set in for many of those trainers. It was difficult to maintain the trainer pool at the level required for continuity.

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If you fail, try again. :blush::wink:

I can’t conjure up trainers :man_shrugging:

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No, but the association could.

I mean, if money isn’t the problem. What’s their plan, to spend :moneybag::moneybag::moneybag: on infinite gobans and call it a day?
That’s not an association, that’s the supply and purchasing department.

No, the money just stays unspent.

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Maybe they should widen their perspective. Somehow I doubt everyone has exhausted anything beyond “proper students, proper club, proper schedule”. :woman_shrugging:

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My top three candidates currently that would probably benefit from some funding

A better tutorial page

A long time ago I created learn-go.net so this is sort of a self-burn :smiley: but I think Go still lacks really good, rich (and translated) learning resources.

A bot trainer

Lot of beginners are nervous to play against other humans until “they get the hang of it”. However low level bots just play stupidly. With a combination of cutting edge neural nets and some good old deterministic algorithms I am convinced a bot could be crafted that does not necesarily play at beginner level, but “comments” onto the beginners play. Some of the basic principles could be effectively learned this way “protect your cutting points (and why)”, “don’t waste time playing second line at move 10 (and why)”, “don’t overconcentrate (and why)” - you get the idea.

A big fun tourney stream

I mean what more does a community need than hang together and have fun. A big tournament (or even something else) with known Go streamers/youtubers, some fun prizes, games/other stuff, decent visuals and some production so it’s not annoying to watch :smiley: hidden move Go with Andrew Jackson, Commenting on Cho Chikun’s games, just something fun together…

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I think I’ve mentioned it before, but some kind of “Beginner Ambassador” (not a complex system with tutoring and stuff, just a pool of verified players, volunteers not to moderate but to help ease the newbies) could help with this.

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