The Go Club of Rome rocks!

July 26, 2006

Enjoy the noisest, smokiest, rockest Go club in Europe!

The Go Club of Rome “Fujisawa Shuko” goes towards its 24th birthday!
Founded in 1982 by myself, the GCoR has seen weak and strong players from many countries, visits of professionals (most notably Takemiya Masaki in 1990), local and international tournaments, highs and lows, boring (very seldom) and exciting (most often) nights, many different venues (the previous one hosted the club for a dozen years: the owners have changed three times, but the club stayed!).
Above all, it has seen lots, lots of Go!!

The GCoR has been dedicated to FujisawaShuko, Honorary Kisei.
We have the greatest admiration for the unruly brilliancy of his play and use of thickness. We also feel the greatest affinity for his (former) drinking capability and ability to throw away games with beautiful blunders.

The GCoR meets every Tuesday (from 21:30) and Thursday (from 20:30), at the ”Garabombo” (from the famous Manuel Scorza’s novel “Garabombo el invisible“) in via dei Quattro Cantoni 41, a five-minute walk from either the Colosseum or the main train station (Stazione Termini). The closest (one-minute walk) underground station is “Cavour”, on the B (blue) line.
Via dei Quattro Cantoni is a quiet street in a very old, characteristic and lively area full of cineclubs, small restaurants, pubs and shops. The same area was called in the Ancient Rome the ”Suburra”, and was then the seediest place of the Roman Empire, the brothel’s quarter of Rome…
The Garabombo is a private club, but membership is free and instantly accorded to everybody.
Just ring the bell and you’ll be welcome, whoever you are, an unbeliever, a fire-worshipper, even if you have broken your vows a hundred times…
(My sincere apologies to all Sufi’s for having so freely used the words of the great Sufi mystic and poet Mevlana Jalalu’ddin Rumi)

Ranks at the GCoR range from 1D to 20k, with more or less half of the players in the range 1k-4k. We often have the occasional strong oriental player from the Japanese, Chinese and Korean communities in Rome.
Non Go-playing friends and partners are welcome as well: we have plenty of books, checkers, backgammon and other games.
You may also come just to eat & drink something: food and beers are good, grappa’s are excellent, whiskeys and rhums (the latter served with chunks of dark, bitter chocolate) are perfect. But if you are a teetotaller we have also soft (ugh!) drinks for you (and water, if really necessary…).

So far so good, but we have to issue a


If you need silent, quiet, smoke-free surroundings to play go, the GCoR may not suit your tastes…
OTOH, it is the perfect place to train your capacity to play in a hostile environment: if you have an iron-strong concentration, if smoke, noises, jokes, laughs, loud music are but a new-agey soft background for your ruminations on semeai‘s, the GCoR is the place for you!

Few of the players are smokers (though myself and the majority of others are not). Not only that, we have a sort of loud soundtrack, selected by Stefano e Fabrizio (the publicans): reggae, psychedelia, post-rock, etc….

If you feel you may face the challenge, come and have fun!


Just because we’re so happy about it, we’d like to share with you the joy of a successful local Club tournament.

Five turns, five nights, 24 players, lot of newbies. And some club regulars didn’t register because they couldn’t attend all 5 turns!
A huge attendance, if you think that it is very close to the attendance of a “normal” tournament in Italy.

One of the newbies claimed to have played for just a couple of weeks, entered as 25k and then proceeded to win all his 5 games… After the tournament, I got beaten at 9 stones… So I promoted him right away to 10k!

Really, it’s a pleasure to see our club having such a good time (and growth…)!


For those of you planning to come to the EGF Congress in Frascati, please bear in mind that FIGG has never involved our club in its organisation, so we have nothing to do with it and we can’t help you in any way whatsoever.

But if you will have time, we will warmly welcome you to our club.


Go Club of Rome “Fujisawa Shuko”
c/o Associazione Culturale “La Luna nel Pozzo”
Il Garabombo
Tel. + 39 06 4890 3530
Via dei Quattro Cantoni 41
The closest underground station is “Cavour” on the B line, and the central train station (Termini) is at a 5-minutes walk.
Meeting days: Tuesdays from 21:30, Thursdays from 20:30

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