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'Go-getter' Zebin triumphs at UK Go tournament

Zebin Du with his British Go Open trophy

Zebin (right) with his trophy.

A student from The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), who missed out on his dream of becoming a professional Go player, has triumphed at one of the oldest Go tournaments in the United Kingdom (UK).

Zebin Du, a third-year international business management student who is currently on an exchange to the UK campus, won the British Go Association’s British Open, which has been held each year since 1968.

The triumph was made sweeter by the fact that as a teenager Zebin had dreamed of becoming a professional Go player in China, but was unable to due to age restrictions on players.

Go is a strategic two-player board game that originated in China some 2,500 years ago. Despite its simple rules, the game is rich in strategy and is now played all over the world, with an estimated 40 million players globally.

The British Go Association exists to promote and support the playing of Go in the UK.

Zebin, who is originally from Zhengzhou, Henan province, triumphed in six rounds, defeating the previous year’s champion, to claim the title and a £100 cash prize.

He came top of 67 other players, mainly from Europe and the United States, and was one of only two Chinese players in the tournament.

He said: “I’m very pleased to have won this tournament, it is a confirmation of the time I have spent playing Go throughout my life.

“I began playing Go when I was eight years old and I dropped out of school so I could concentrate on becoming a professional player. But, because of my age I was unable to and had to return to school to continue my studies.

“Thanks to studying at UNNC, I have been lucky enough to come and study in the UK and been able to enter this fantastic competition. Choosing to study at UNNC has been the most important decision of my life and it has certainly paid off.”

Zebin will be in the UK until July, studying on a one-semester exchange programme from the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) China. 

For more information contact Tess Humphrys, communications officer, UNNC, on +86 574 8818 0940.

Posted on 13 April 2013