"When I was young, . . . I wanted to be the world's best Go player." -- Bill Gates
The main idea of this project is to test the ability of the human mind using the oldest and most challenging board game in the world - GO (baduk, weiqi). If you are already familiar with this game, you know that it is played on 19x19 board (361 intersections). The goal of this project is to make this 4000 year old game really extreme. To reach this goal, we have to create the largest GO board in the world - 57x57 (3249 intersections) and play a mind game record match on it.
Two teams having 8 players each will play on the biggest board in the world. Players will be quite strong so that they can focus on the whole game. We are planning to invite players from different countries.
One of our goals is to gain more support so that we could invite professionals to this event, get their comments on the game and publish it worldwide.
Goals, What We Need & What You Get
- To test the ability of the human mind;
- To reach a new record in the world of mind games.
- To bring together the best possible teams;
- To organize the Summer camp for the event;
- To make a 57x57 board;
- To publish a magazine or a book about the project and Go;
- To invite professionals to this event.
- Go board 57x57;
- Transportation for participants;
- Event equipment;
- Preparation expenses;
- Documenting expenses.
- An e-card with thank you;
- A postcard with moment of event;
- An event photo/video album;
- An event T-shirt and a cap;
- Unique handmade jewellery with Go symbolic;
- Amazing magazine about this event and Go game;
- One of the three special sized boards 57x57 with autographs.
This project is a great idea which will unite different people from various cultures and backgrounds. The success of this project will let the world to know more about the game of GO, its simplicity, complexity and possibilities.
We will organize a summer camp 2013 for board game Go (baduk, weiqi) players. This event will be held in Europe, Lithuania, Apple Island (July 19th-26th). More information about event, you can find on this website: Summer Camp 2013
57x57 event will be possible if we collect our financial goal of 5000$ to cover all expenses which will include everything from the making of a special board to the ducomenting all event and of course rewards (perks) for our backers.
57x57 color (flower) Go will be even greater step towards making this game extremely complex and some would say "impossible". More details about this stretch goal, we will reveal, when our first goal will be reached. So help us share information about this project with your friends, so we all could experience this type of game beeing played by very strong players.
57x57 PRO doesn't neccessary mean that all 16 players playing the game will be professionals. Although, there's always a possibility to make that happen, we just need to work hard towards it. This type of goal will include inviting (that means financially supporting) Top dan players and professionals to come to the summer camp and participate in this game by playing and also giving commentaries.
Other Ways You Can Help
- You can help us by spreading information about this project with your friends, family and community.
- You are welcome to participate in our camp for this event and become a witness of "eXtreme Mind game Challenge".
Fun facts about Go:
- "On a 19x19 board, there are about 4.63x10^170 possible positions and about 10^360 possible games. (By contrast, the number of legal positions in chess is estimated to be between 10^43 and 10^50, and physicists estimate that there are not more than 10^90 protons in the entire universe.)"
- Go is the second most played game in the world, behind Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).
- Go is simple enough for a 4 year old to learn, but too complex for computers to beat expert players.
- The world's largest Go game is played in Oita, Japan on a 40 x 40 meter large field. One round stone is 1,8 meters wide and its weight is about 1 kilogram.
- Go is considered one of the premiere challenges for programmers of artificial intelligence. There is no super computer which can win against professional Go player.
- There is a historical story that in the 17th century, the rule of Tibet was once decided over three games of Go.
- Go has an immense impact on the mental development of children, particularly in the area of reasoning.
- Chess is primarily a left brain game. Go actively stimulates both the right and left sides of the brain.
Sponsors and Friends for this event:
Extreme M. Challenge
Organizer and Implementer