Brunei Darussalam Go Association

Name:Brunei Darussalam Go Association
Contributor:ChIN Sin Voon


"Whenever you question something that has never been done before, that's probably your cue to do it," a sentence from a book Sin Voon read and got motivated to promote Go in 2005. Go is not known in Brunei, no Go Sets & no Books are available in Brunei; the vision continues. A team of Brunei National athlete with jersey appeared at the Brunei International Airport struck Sin Voon to aim higher - To dispatch a Brunei Team to International Go Tournament.

Project aim:

The aim is to continue promoting Go and allow involvement of youngster of Brunei. Ultimate goal is to achieve self-generated Go Club, Association and Members. To improve the levels of Brunei to be competent in any International Go Championship.

Means of the project:

Contacted Malaysia Go Association to purchase first few Go Sets. Contacted International Go Federation via e-mail to compete in International Approached Registrar of Society to become Official Association by 2011 Facebook to announce events and recruiting new members Contacted World Pair Go Association via e-mail to request Go Set & Go Books Contacted Taiwan Go Association to purchase Byo-Yomi Go Clocks

Time line:

2005 "Brunei First Go Club in College 2006" Visited Singapore Go Association 2007 "Brunei Go Society established 2007" Contacted Ms.Yuki Shigeno, International Go Federation 2007 - Brunei to join their first international - Korea Prime Minister Cup 2007 - Attended Go Demonstration in Thailand for South East Asia Games ~ 2011 - Brunei Darussalam Go Association established 2011 - Recognised by Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport of Brunei 2012 - Member of International Go Federation 2012 - Member of World Pair Go Association 2012 - Member of Asian Go Federation 2012 - Brunei District Go Workshop 2012 - Attended Radio Television Brunei "Rampai Pagi" to talk about Go ~ 2014 - Media Promoting Go - TV, Radio, News Media 2014 - Ordinary Member of National Olympic Council of Brunei 2014 - 1st Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament ~ 2016 - Brunei to host the next South East Asia Go Tournament

Geographic extension: refer to the Additional comments below.




Enough Go Set for event but if members want to buy are not enough More exposure to Brunei and Government Authority More exposure to students & public Members are improving in their skills

Annual report 2013 of the BDGA

Public exposure:

Brunei Times Radio Television Brunei Pilihan FM Radio Station Brunei Sponsorships & Supports Schools


Human resources:

All the Association members in - preparing for tournaments - organizing events - broaden networking

Sin Voon CHIN  founder /director,  organizer Chai Hui LIM,  president, organizer Zhe Fan MAH, International Secretary General, Go tutor/ event judge etc.

Complete profile of the BDGA

Financial resources:

Sponsorship from companies & ministries Association memebrs funding on miscellaneous & gifts


Finalise official logo Approach more secondary schools Improving the level of Brunei players to host Incredible Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament to see Go Sets & Books are available in Brunei

Brunei is the host for the next South East Asia Friendly Go Tournament a.k.a. the 2nd Brunei International Invitational Go Tournament 2016 (in conjunction with Brunei His-Majesty 70th Birthday) -> expecting to inviting Macau, Korea, Taiwan and China too (depends on sponsorship and funding)



Go Sets Go Books Maybe a Pro teacher Money to fund a clubhouse unit official Association office, and self-generated classroom Time and People to assist promoting the game

Additonal comments:

Brunei has about 400,000+ population of small market. It is a challenge but also an opportunity. As Go is very new to Brunei, full-time commitment in promoting the game is tough as existing members are graduating and started to find their own job/career. Thus, new people and more people are really needed to make Go blooms in Brunei.

For more information:-

contact:- +6737234768 Ignatius ( +6737121185 Ms.Lim

The Association thanks many neighbouring Association in their kindness and supports- Mrs.Vanthanee from Thailand Go Association Mr. Tiong from Malaysia Go Association Mr. Tan from Singapore Go association Handy & Edwin from Indonesia Go Association Korea Amateur Go Association Ms.Yuki Shigeno from International Go Association World Pairgo Association Taiwan Go Association Chinese Go Association

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