We know that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg play Go game. In fact it’s a common thing in the USA for intellectual people especially in tech field know how to play Go. It’s very differenet from Europe and Russia. European Go is very closed. Go game community doesn’t connect to other inellectual communites. And it seems like marginal eastern practice. That’s why I was impressed when I was in TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisko where I represented Go and Strategy demartment of Sinergy University. Visitors just came and started to play and explained others how to play Go. It seemed that it was not the biggest event for tech startups but event for amateures of intellectual games.
Have a look on the video the woman who sees Go the first time. She doesn’t see Go field – matrix. She puts stones on the board as if board doesn’t have any crossroads. People ask me why I focus on explaining what is Go matrix, lines and crossroads in my seminars about Go game rules. In fact people don’t see crossroads, they see squares or even just wood. Go teaches to see but at first we need learn to look.
Unknown facts about philosophy, history and rules of the most comlicated and oldest game in the world. Go game is like a computer that was created not for game and playing. Differences between board games: chess, checkers and go-game. What paradigm and social model they based on? Checkers is about savage tribes: kill others to become a leader. Why as soon as king is killed chess game is over? Chess game in acient India reflected cast system. In the middle ages in Europe chess was the model of crusades. Classical chess reflected the paradigm of vassal dependence. The goal of Go game is divided board. Go is about terretory development. The main Idea of Go is about world development. It is more fundamental idea than social modelling. This is workshop about Go game by Russian researcher and master of 5th Dan Igor Grishin held in Silicon valley for Black Box community.
What difference between “move” and “place” in Go-game? What rule is better to see in the game than to read about? Who starts first according etiquette? How to be polite starting game with Japanese? Don’t think about levels and ranks in the game if you’d like to study strategy by Go.
What name for Go-game in ancient Chinese? What traditional colours for stones used in Ancient China? What do star crossroads mean? What to think about in the first game? How to make power of your stones on Go-board?
The board is made from the extraordinary oak, which is more than 500 years. This oak grew in the mountains protected by the state, but it was broken by the storm. From ancient times the oak that was broken by storm put in stable to protect horses from desiese.
Do you like the dark color of these game boards? This natural wood color associated with old age of oak. The board is lined with a laser.
There are Serbian Go-equipment with its national style and natural rustiс colors. Unique wood was purchased for this artistic project. One type was made from vintage step ladders which are over 300 years old. Another type are from the oak, which is more than 500 years. This oak grew in the mountains protected by the state, but it was broken by the storm. Do you like the dark color of these game boards? This natural wood color associated with old age of oak.
Visiting Serbia you can see this style in the design of rustic restaurants, bars, Serbian houses. This is the beauty and specificity of the Danubian culture. One can hear a soft violin music, laughter, folk dances, Gypsy tonalities.
Since 2015 in the Republic of Serbia Go boards are made with a matrices of 7×7, 9×9, 13×13, 19×19. Small matrices are for the development of children Go-game, especially for very early ages. All Go boards are lined with a laser.