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June 14th, 2006

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Madagascar joined the International Go Federation in 1999.

Madagascar’s WAGC record:

Number Year Player # Wins Position
21 1999 Manitra Harimisa Razafindrabe 1/7* 54th of 55
22 2000 Jean Nepomucene Rakotondravelo 1/8 55th of 56
23 2001 Abel Rakotoarisoa 2/8 48th of 57
24 2002 Tovonony Maherizo Razafindrabe 3/8 49th of 61
25 2004 Abel Rakotoarisoa 3/8 51st of 64
26 2005 Mamy Rakotoarisoa 3/8 49th of 65
27 2006 Irene Basile Rajaofetra 2/8 61st of 68
28 2007 Mamy Rakotoarisoa 3/8 50th of 68
32 2011 Manitra Harimisa Razafindrabe 1/7*,** 56th of 57

*In 1999, Madagascar received a second-round bye, and in 2011, Madagascar received a seventh-round bye.

**In 2011, Manitra Razafindrabe was awarded the Asada Fighting Spirit Prize.

This content was copied from before the page was removed from that domain — Steve Kroon

History of Go in Madagascar

How did go come to Madagascar?

In March 1991, an Austrian tourist, Manfred Wimmer 6-dan, who was passing through Antananarivo, the capital, expressed a wish to learn the local game of Fanorona and in exchange offered to teach go. This was an opportunity that Manitra Razafindrabe did not let slip.

A year later, go was enjoying increasing popularity in Madagascar, with nearly 150 fans playing it at the three main go clubs that had been founded.They were the TFM Go Club, the Analamanga Go Club (presided over by Mrs. Mireille Rakotamalala) and the Go Club of the German Veterans Association, which had about 40 good players and 10 apprentice players.

On 4 and 6 February 1992, three advanced players played a challenge match to honour the memory of the late Ramanetaka (the first president of the Madagascar Go Club). Mr. Manitra Razafindrabe (technical adviser to all three clubs) was crowned as the top player. Manfred Wimmer 6-dan was the match referee.

Thanks to the efforts of Manitra Razafindrabe, there were 40 good students who had been successfully initiated into the game.

Two years later, in June 1994, the final of Masters tournament was held, again with Manfred Wimmer (then the number two player in Europe), acting as referee. The winner of the final was Manitra Razafindrabe.

In May 1995 the second Madagascar Open was organized by the Analamanga Go Club, the Veterans Association, and the friends of Japan, under the patronage of the Japanese Ambassador. Since then, this tournament has been held every year by the Japanese Embassy in the Madagascar Hilton Hotel.

In 1999, a Madagascar representative played for the first time in the World Amateur Go Championship. The first representative was Manitra Razafindrabe, who by now had risen to 1-dan (from 5-kyu in the early 90s).

On 20 January 2000, the Madagascar Go Association was officially founded and was recognized by the Youth and Sports Ministry of Madagascar. The first president is Mrs. Mireille Rakotomalala, with Manitra Razafindrabe being responsible for instruction.

The 2000 Madagascar Championship was held at the hotel Panorama in Antananarivo on 28-30 January. Razafindrabe, who was the champion from 1991 to 1998, did not take part in this tournament. The top places were:

1. Jean Rakotondravelo
2. Maherizo T. Razafindrabe
3. Mamy Rakotoarisoa.

Maherizo Razafindrabe was the under-15 champion from 1994 to 1997. He also won the Madagascar Open held in november 1998.

Contact addresses

La F├ęderation Malagasy de Jeu de Go (FMJG)
28, rue docteur Villette-Isoraka
Antananarivo 101

President: Mme. Mireille Mialy Rakotomalala
Mobile: +261 33 11 031 83
Tel: +261 32 58 810 77

Other people you could contact about Go in Madagascar:

  • Sam Beeton – (Contact person used by KABA for 2014 Samsung Cup World Division invitation) (old email address:
  • Manitra Haramisa Razafindrabe – (Language preference: French, then German, then English, I believe)
  • Michael Flock – (A German who is moving to Madagascar in 2010 – German or English is fine)

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