Champion Chan takes on the world

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 February, 2008, 12:00am

A 13-year-old Hong Kong student has proved himself a world-beating strategist after coming top in an international weiqi competition.

Chan Nai-san, from Chinese Federation Secondary School in Siu Sai Wan, won the toughest division in the Go Goodwill Tournament 2008, held in Bangkok last weekend.

'I am really happy because this is the first time I have won a major contest in Southeast Asia,' said Nai-san, who started learning the game from his father when he was six.

The competition, organised by the World Chinese Weiqi Federation, drew teams from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, the mainland and Macau. Contestants were ranked by ability into four divisions.

Nai-san will now enter the world championships in Japan in May, where he will compete with adults.

Weiqi, also commonly known by its Japanese name go, is an ancient chess-like strategy game played by placing black and white pieces on intersections on a grid. The aim is to capture the opponent's pieces by completely surrounding them.