Wéiqí 圍棋 in Běijīng, China
Growing up with Chess it was a real pleasure to become better acquainted with the Sino game of Wéiqí (or known as 'go' in Japan). Wéiqí is motivated by a desire to strategically avoid encirclement. Chess is about the decisive battle, Wéiqí is about the protracted campaign and wherein the aim of Chess is total victory, Wéiqí players seek relative advantage. Chess teaches us the Clausewitzian concepts of “center of gravity” and the “decisive point” and the game usually begins as a struggle for the centre of the board whereas Wéiqí teaches the art of strategic encirclement and arguably also psychological competitive tactics.