Sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), the third Confucius Cup Go Tournament was held over the weekend of the 15th-16th February in Dublin.
Sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), the third Confucius Cup Go Tournament was held over the weekend of the 15th-16th February in Dublin. Celebrating 25 years of Go in Ireland, the tournament was well represented with a strong field of 44 players from 15 countries including Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
After two days of intense competition, Fan Hui, a professional Chinese Go player from France, won the first prize. Hungarian Go player Csaba Mero, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Go tournaments, and French Go player Fenech Antoine, claimed 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Prof. Liming Wang, director of the UCD Confucius Institute, played in the tournament and was delighted to present the prizes to the winners.
As one of the four traditional Chinese arts, Go has won the favour of many westerners. There has been a strong momentum of development in the Irish Go Association. In recent years, the Go club hosted by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has attracted people from all walks of life, including college professors, software engineers and college students.
Mr. Rory Wales, President of the Irish Go Association, spoke of the partnership: “the UCD Confucius Institute has been very supportive over the years, and the cooperation between the Irish Go Association and the Institute has been very successful. The tournament is not simply a competition. It’s a friendly social event where people who enjoy playing Go can talk to each other and share experiences. Go helps the westerners gain a great understanding of Chinese culture and we should work together to keep this tradition.”
As a big fan of the Go game who also played in the Irish Open Tournament in 1989, Prof. Liming Wang said “Zither (Guzheng), chess, calligraphy and painting are the four Ancient Chinese Arts with a long standing history. Among those, Chess refers to Chinese Go. Go is a treasure in Chinese traditional culture and reflects Chinese people’s pursuit of wisdom. Nothing can fully embody the meaning of Chinese characteristics, ideology, culture and ancient philosophy better than Go.”