Michael Redmond Visit
Between March 31 and April 9 2013 Michael Redmond, 9 dan, visited
the UK, and on 2nd April he was at Swindon Go Club. We had about 15 people present.
Michael Redmond was born in 1963 in Santa Barbara, California, and began playing Go at age 11. At the age of 14, he became an insei at the Nihon Ki-in. He was promoted to professional 1 dan at age 18, and 2 dan in the same year. He was promoted to 5 dan in 1985; 8 dan in 1996; and 9 dan in 2000, becoming the first western Go professional to reach 9 dan.
Redmond has not won any titles but has come close. He
was runner-up in the Shinjin-O, Kisei 7 dan section, and NEC Shun-Ei competitions
in the early 1990s. He was also a semi-finalist in the Fujitsu Cup and
Tong Yang Cup. Currently he is a celebrated commentator for the NHK channel.
In 2005, he was voted "Best Commentator" for the NHK channel, over Ishida
Yoshio. Redmond is married to Xian-Xian Niu, a Chinese 5 dan professional.
They have two daughters, Yumi and Emi. Redmond and his family are sponsors
of many Go activities for children in America, such as the Redmond Cup
and the Redmond Handicap Tournament.
In the afternoon he played several club members (simultaneously), then we had dinner. After that, Michael analysed several of our members's games, and then ran though some of his own. The evening finished up with a go-related Q&A session and finally a live game with commentary against the strongest player present. Some photos below; higher quality available on request...