Year of Birth: 1967
Year of Birth: 1995
Occupation: Ph.D. Graduate
Xie Kai Kun
I am Ken Xie (5 dan) from New Zealand and I have been playing Baduk since I was 5. I have enjoyed playing Baduk very much and it has cultivated my interest in mathematics and logical thinking. Over the past years, I have represented New Zealand at the 2nd and 8th KPMC, 32nd and 40th WAGC, and Oceania & Africa region representative at the 12th and 13th World Students Go Oza Championship. In these tournaments, I have made great friends from all over the world and really enjoyed playing against different players in these tournaments. Baduk is a great game that connects me with other players and it's fun to discuss and exchange our different perspectives.
2. Nation's Introduction
In recent years, Kevin Liu (6 dan) has made a great effort to promote Baduk in New Zealand. He has encouraged and taught many students, and we have an increased number of players participating in the national and regional tournaments in New Zealand. Each year, the New Zealand Go Society (NZGS) holds one national tournament and about 2 - 3 regional tournaments. This year, NZGS also decided to hold an online tournament (2021 New Zealand Digital, similar to the Australian Digital Tournament), connecting players from both New Zealand and Australia for a 6 round tournament.
3. How have you started Baduk? / How are you studying & playing Baduk these days in a pandemic period?
How are you studying & playing Baduk these days in a pandemic period?
I started playing Baduk when I was 5, and I had a teacher for about 3 years back then in China. After immigrating to New Zealand, Baduk became a hobby and I only played online games or practiced by game records in my free time for fun without teachers. There was a great improvement in my Baduk strength as I participated in New Zealand tournaments and playing against different players. Recently, I have just graduated from my Ph.D. program, and Baduk has been a great game that eased my tension at times. I have been playing online games in times of stress, as well as during the pandemic period.