Mind game ace competes in first international test
A CROWBOROUGH man will be pitting his wits against some of the keenest strategic minds in the world as he represents Great Britain in the oriental game Go this month.
Jon Diamond, 60, who lives in the Warren area of Crowborough, will be competing in the first World Mind Sports Games in Beijing, China, this month.
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Although not Olympic events, Mr Diamond said the games are fully supported by the International Olympic Committee and the players will live in the Olympic Village during their stay.
Mr Diamond has been playing Go for 45 years, formed the Go club at Cambridge University and was the British champion for 12 years.
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He has the top grade awarded to any British player (6 dan).
The game is one of strategy played on a 19x19 grid where opponents compete to control territory.
It is popular in China, Korea and Japan where, unlike in this country, it is played professionally.
Mr Diamond, who is one of 20 British players going to the event in Beijing, said: "I'm looking forward to playing the really top professionals I would never have dreamt of having a game against in my life, a serious game where they have to win."