About 200 Pattaya-area students put their thinking caps on to celebrate the life of the Father Ray Foundation’s founder at a Go and crossword puzzle tournament.
Veeraat Kudtalang, director of the Pattaya Formal and Non-Formal Education Promotion Department, opened the Aug. 20 match held to commemorate 15 years since the death of Rev. Raymond Brennan.
Students from Pattaya public schools, and the private Duang Manee Sriracha and Phuru Yor Sor Sor 80 schools joined kids from the Father Ray schools and shelters to try their hands at the Japanese board game or crosswords.
Go is an abstract strategy game for two players in which the goal is to capture more territory than your opponent. It was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game still in current use.
Despite relatively simple rules, Go is very complex with a larger board, more moves and longer game times than chess.
Organizers said having the youths practice go will sharpen thinking skills, improve concentration, battle attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and instill good sportsmanship.