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The Ambassador of Go

Most Americans have never heard of Go, an ancient board game that has simpler rules than chess but such complex strategy that computers can't even beat a talented amateur.

2005 ShortDocs Challenge: Games

2005 / Blake Eskin / TCF, USA

Most Americans have never heard of Go, an ancient board game that has simpler rules than chess but such complex strategy that computers can't even beat a talented amateur.

In China, however, it's part of daily culture -- there are 30 million Go players and two Go channels on TV. Feng Yun is one of only two women in history to become a 9-dan Go professional -- the game's highest ranking. And she's faced even greater challenges since reaching the top of her game.

The Ambassador of Go was commissioned for the 2005 ShortDocs: Stories About Games.


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Blake Eskin

Blake Eskin's stories about board games have appeared on The Next Big Thing and in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post.


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