Go, also called Baduk or Weiqi, is not a big deal in Vietnam the way it is in Korea, Japan or China. When I asked a few people about the game, they were unfamiliar with it. A search online revealed there were Go clubs in town, though I found figuring out details was challenging, as it seemed most useful information was in Vietnamese. I turned to my hotel’s manager, who was unfamiliar with the game but promised to look into it. Off I went for dinner and upon my return, he handed me a piece of paper with the name and location of a cafe and some times. The club was meeting last evening, so I made the 20 minute walk sorh and looked for the cafe.
There was indeed a cafe there, but with a different name than the one I was given. It was up a flight of stairs. I asked the fellow working there if this was where people played Go. He clearly did not understand me, but I heard a voice chime YES from a room in the back.
There were some very strong players there who could eat me for breakfast, as the saying goes. Although I lost both games I played, the players kindly reviewed the games for me, playing them back from memory. They went through alternative lines of play with me, suggesting alternatives to some of the moves I made which would have improved my game.
The group was happy to have a foreigner visit and said I was welcome to return back on Tuesday evening, which is the night before I fly out. I hope to be there!