Go Game Festival in Karelia
On August 19-25 Petrozavodsk hosted the International Student POLIMETALL Go Festival. The festival included team and open Russian collegiate championships, international go competition “Karelian Cup”, as well as cultural and educational events.
“The festival is still relatively new but has already established itself as a spectacular, outstanding event, which every year convenes guests from all corners of the country and the world,” said Aleksey Lazarev, President of the Go Federation of the Republic of Karelia, Vice-President of Russian Go Federation, Head of the Go Club of Petrozavodsk State University.
Three years ago the tournament secured the status of an international event when it featured the European Student Team Go Championship. This year the borders are still broadening: the festival welcomed participants from Japan and the Republic of Korea. The Universities of Kanazawa, Tokyo, Yokohama, as well as the Hokkaido Island, delegated their teams with the support of the Japanese Go Academy Nihon Ki-in. The Republic of Korea was represented by two student teams from Myongji University (Seoul).
Myongji University is the only university in the world that has a Go Game Faculty. The Korean team is led by student Woonki Baek who last year won the 1st place in the 5th Annual World Collegiate WEICHI Championship, Cambridge, England.
PetrSU and Myongji University have a long history: in 2000 the educational institutions signed an agreement in the area of go game, and in 2016 the universities entered the Memorandum of Understanding stipulating broader cooperation between the partners.
“For every Karelian go enthusiast it is an amazing opportunity to play with strong opponents, as well as talk to foreign guests, establish cultural ties,” highlights Aleksey Lazarev.
Alongside the competition, the Go festival included cultural and entertaining events, workshops on various intellectual board games (Mankala (ovare, gabata), Chinese and Japanese chess, chase, Chinese animal chess (jungle), reversi, renju).
The festival is organized by the Go Federation of the Republic of Karelia with the support of Petrozavodsk State University with the grant of the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society provided by the Presidential Grants Foundation.
The general sponsor is the mining company Polimetall.