A pro is coming, we're going to host a party/group event! Everyone's welcome, regardless of strength.
When: Setup at 1:30, officially 2-6pm.
Where: See above: Meetup HQ, buzz 901. Don't buzz the main office.
Cost: See below for details, but generally, bring something, or donate some money (whatever you feel you can afford) to go towards expenses for the event. Or bring a smile and help make this a fun event for everyone.
This is perhaps the most exciting thing to ever happen to this group!
Thanks to the Japanese Consulate and the Nihon Kiin, I'm pleased to announce that we will have a special event with a visiting professional player - Narumi Osawa (4p)! She is visiting NYC and some other cities in the US to promote Go and has generously offered to share her time and knowledge with us.
We are finalizing the details of this event in the next few days, but here's what we know now:
Depending on the number of and strength of people attending, we will have to adjust the activities for the day. Currently, Narumi-san has proposed some kind of large group/game review, or perhaps some pair-go of some sort. We will probably decide the exact details that day together as a group.
If you guys have a question that you've always wanted answered, or there's a section of a game that you'd like to ask about, bring them. We can't get to everything, but time allowing we'll see if we can work some things in.
Come expecting to watch or play a game w/ someone in the club, chat with go lovers, and hopefully meet and learn something from a pro.
There will be a few people around who speak both Japanese and English to facilitate communication and help translate, myself included. None of us are professional interpreters, so you'll have to bear with us when things get a bit jumbled and slow.
Meetup HQ is generously lending us the space to hold this event.
Please, please, please buzz the suite 901, or call my cell number. Do NOT buzz the main "Meetup" Offices which is on the 10th floor. There might be some people doing work and I don't want to disturb them.
Due to room reservation issues, 3/17 is the only day we can have this happen.
The main event is scheduled for 2pm. Please try to arrive promptly. I'll be there from about 1-1:30 in order to set up the room and would appreciate anyone who wants to come give me a hand cleaning up and moving folding tables.
We can only fit so many people in the room so RSVPs are on a first-come, first served basis.
I hope this gives members from the many other groups in the city a chance to join our group and participate.
Please be respectful of your fellow members, if you have a slot and can't make it please change your RSVP to NO so that someone else has a chance to go.
You have 2 choices:
1) Bring something - go equipment, a small snack to share (stuff to nibble on while we play and talk, nothing messy or big), a bottle of soda or inexpensive wine, etc. Think informal social party of friends + lots of go playing.
2) Donate some money, whatever you feel is appropriate. All the money goes towards paying for this or future events in the group.\
3) If things are tight, bring a smile and help people have a good time.
Honestly, I don't want to charge anything. However we will need to buy some snacks, drinks, cups/plates, possibly even food (pizza?) for the 60+ people who will be attending. We do have some leftover budget from previous meetups to cover some expenses, but food for that many people gets expensive.
Things we need help with:
Boards are most welcome, especially if you want to play since there are so many go players around.
The room might need some pre-event cleaning/setup (moving folding tables/chairs, clearing trash, etc.), and we'll need to clean up after ourselves before we leave. If a few volunteers help out, that'd be super great, let me know if you're interested.
Anything else you think would make this event fun.
Please don't be afraid of coming to this event! If you want to come for the experience, go right ahead, no one will bite. It would help if you have some real basic understanding of the rules so that you can follow the discussions that would go on, but someone there would be glad to bring you up to speed.
Highlights from Narumi Osawa's profile:
(any translation errors are entirely Randy's fault)
Currently a 4-dan professional of the Nihon Kiin, Ms. Osawa started playing at the age of 6 due to influence from her older brother. After becoming the first Saitama Amature Meijin at the age of 10, entering a go school at 11, and becoming an insei at the Nihon Kiin at 13, and in 1997 she passed the Nihon Kiin's professional qualification tournament.
She became a 1-dan professional of the Nihon Kiin in 1998, 2-dan in 1999, 3-dan in 2003, and 4-dan in 2009.
Some of her recent titles include:
2008 - 1st in the Ricoh Cup Pair Go Championship
2006 - 3rd in the 1st Hiroshima Aluminum Wakagoisen
2005 - 1st in the 2nd JAL Females Lightning Go Tournament
Nihon Kiin profile: http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/player/htm/ki000362.htm