“Go” means “to surround with stones” and is accepted as an international name. The point of the game is to surround an area with game stones and expand the borders of your state. The game is called “Weiqi” (围棋) in China and “Baduk” (바둑) in Korea.
Go development leaders: China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan. The game is booming in Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. Go is popular in Europe, with major tournaments held annually, involving hundreds of players from all over the continent.
Go is a territorial game that requires logic, creativity and the ability to think outside the box. All this makes Go an excellent tool for developing mental skills and strategic thinking in children and adults. Go is an intellectual sport that is part of the World Mind Sports Games. Over 100 million people in the world play Go.
In Asia, Go is the language of communication between political and business elites. The philosophy of Go is treated with special respect because of its historical and cultural context: for thousands of years, Go has been the game of emperors and generals, and it remains the game of presidents.
The game of Go is one of the significant cultural codes of Asian civilization and a language for conceptualizing strategic challenges. In his book “On China”, Henry Kissinger sees Go as one of the key factors determining the worldview of an oriental person.
Today, the game of Go brings the Asian elites together into an informal club. Go is played by Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, current and ex-prime ministers of China, Korea and Japan, party leaders and the heads of major companies such as Alibaba, CITIC, Huawei, JBIC, Toyota, Samsung, Lotte, CITIC, China Merchants and others. It is no coincidence that the Astana International Financial Centre, which unites business leaders from Europe and Asia, has been chosen as the venue for the Cup.
Go concepts determine strategic policies and business decisions in the East. Knowing the philosophy of Go enables dialogue at a special level of mutual understanding. Since Go is recognized as the universal language spoken by those who make public decisions.
The key strategic concepts of Go:
- win-win partnership is more advantageous than win-lose competition;
- the principle of strength and weakness — only strong groups win, weak groups cause problems and should not be “pulled along”;
- with a strategy, one can solve the most challenging of problems, by rationally allocating resources and using the principle “little strokes fell great oaks”;
- constructiveness — building new things and developing territories instead of destroying others.
Kazakhstan has been a strategic crossroads of the Eurasian continent for centuries. Moving along the Silk Road, the game of Go has long been known in Kazakhstan as well. Holding a large Go tournament in Astana is the cornerstone that opens a new page in the development of the game of Go. Today, Go clubs are being opened in many cities of Kazakhstan, and the community of Go enthusiasts numbers several thousand people.