From January 4 to January 6, “Confucius Academy Cup” Guizhou Province Weiqi Invitational Tournament hosted by the Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy kicks off in Guiyang Confucius Academy.
In the current tournament, 38 amateur Weiqi players attracted from around Guizhou province compete for the individual event, 20 invited fans for the special invitational event, and 50 children for the youth class event. The participants include the Weiqi players aged from 4 to 60, covering the varied age groups of the senior, the middle-aged, and the youth. There are about 1,000 visitors, witnessing the events, attending the lectures, and experiencing the Weiqi interactivities.
The tournament consists of many events including the main event, special invitational event, youth event, Weiqi fan relay event, 1 vs. x match, etc. During the tournament, NIE Weiping, Vice Chairman of Chinese Weiqi Association and “Grandmaster” Title Holder, as special guest, will deliver a lecture of Weiqi culture and be on the spot for site instruction; and HE Yunbo, well-known Chinese Weiqi culture research expert, together with WANG Xiangru, the first female professional Weiqi player of Guizhou Province, will popularize the Weiqi culture by general analysis on strategies and tactics.
“Weiqi is an important booster to strengthen our cultural confidence and carry forward the traditional Chinese culture.” NIE Weiping tells his own story of Weiqi and shares his feelings about promotion on Weiqi culture. He points out that Weiqi won’t decline because of AI like AlphaGo, but it will continuously play an important role to promote the quality of the nation. The popularization and promotion on Weiqi should start with children.
XU Qi, Party Secretary of the CPC Committee and President of the Council of the Culture Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, expresses that Weiqi is a treasury of the traditional Chinese culture, containing the extensive and profound intelligence of the Chinese nation. Being committed to carry forward and inherit the excellent traditional Chinese cultures, Guiyang Confucius Academy are looking forward to promoting the Weiqi culture and Chinese ethos by greater forms and contents, which are rich, colorful, and down-to-earth.