Go master comes to Korea seeking strategiesWhen Daniela Trinks was 10, she used to follow her mother to a go (known in Korea as baduk) club in Berlin, Germany. Daniela soon took an interest in the game and her skills started to improve.
Although Ms. Trinks studied environmental engineering in college, she was more interested in teaching the game and found that most children who learned go quickly became enamored with it.
Few people in Germany knew about the game or how to play it, but Ms. Trinks, apparently, had a gift for teaching it.
People suggested that she become a professional go teacher, a suggestion she took up.
Ms. Trinks took the German women’s go championship title four times: in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006. No matter how good she became at playing the game or teaching it to other people, she always wanted to learn more about its strategies.
She wanted a formal education in go theory and teaching methods, and wanted to take her playing skills to the next level.
Now 28, Ms. Trinks arrived in Korea four weeks ago. She plans to study go at Myongji University for the next two years.
“Go is fascinating. I never get bored with it,” Ms. Trinks said.
She added that she had made many friends while playing the game. She also met many visiting Korean go players while she was in Germany.
Ms. Trinks said that because of the game, she had become interested in Korea and had gotten to know many go students and professors since she arrived in Korea.
by Park chi-moon