|Go (Weiqi) 围棋
|6 and up
Weiqi (Go) is very fun to play. The players not only enjoy the game but also are able to comprehend the philosophy in their lives. The weiqi class in CCS is set the goal to attract the students, enhance their weiqi skills, and teach them the etiquette in both the weiqi class and their daily lives. Weiqi cartoon will be introduced in the class to get the students' interest and motivate them to learn weiqi.
The first things to learn in weiqi are the weiqi characters. The greetings before and after the game let the students acknowledge respect. Every student has a better understanding of responsibility because of the no regret move rule. Avoiding being arrogant when you are wining and being discouraged when you are losing. The students can't learn this knowledge in the books, but in the weiqi class they can.
Weiqi is both simple and complicated. The rules are simple but the strategies are complicated. In the weiqi class, I try my best to simplify the complications. Combining the real games and the teaching is the way to attract the students to learn weiqi basic skills like catching race, life and death problems, ladder capture, ko, the intermediate skills like fuseki (opening), joseki (ding shi), sente, tesuji, and the advanced skills like whole board thinking, middle game fighting, ending game etc.. The teaching pace fits every student's level.
Internet classes have a big advantage in teaching weiqi. Playing weiqi games is much easier online and every game is kept in the weiqi server. It is convenient to search the game records for a review. The weiqi software makes life much better for game reviews and skill practices like death and life problems, tesuji exercises etc.
Jeff Kuang has been teaching in Cary Chinese School since the weiqi class was established in 2004. A lot of students from CCS weiqi class achieved outstanding results which include that Sicheng Zeng earned the national first place in 4 kyu group in the 28th U.S. Go Congress in Black mountain, NC in 2012, the Cary Chinese School weiqi team won the first place multiple times in the National School Team Tournament, and multiple weiqi class students stood first in the North Carolina Go Tournaments.
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