THE PHILOSOPHY

Various legends of the origins of the game of Go represent it's philosophical and cultural values. They show the two basic ideas of the game: the development of character and the competition of two forces.

The Chinese called the two basic interacting forces Yin and Yang. Yin (Chinese: dark) represents the earth and the moon, chill, moisture, night, standstill and weakness, but also protection, cooperation und intuition. It impersonates the passive, female element. Yang (Chinese: bright), the active male element, represents the sky and the sun, heat, dryness, light and movement. It also stands for strength, demand, aggressiveness and rationality. The two forces Yin and Yang are considered to be equally important, they complement each other and should - under ideal circumstances - balance each other.

These two opposed forces and their meaning have a great influence on almost every aspect of Chinese philosophy. The two interacting forces of Yin and Yang also act on the Go board in form of black and white stones. Under ideal circumstances both forces balance each other and the game ends in a draw. If the balance is broken, one of the two forces dominates the other and the game ends with a win for one side. But not only in the final result you can find this concept, Yin and Yang are also deeply rooted in the strategic elements of the game.

During the centuries the game of Go brought up a multitude of maxims and proverbs. To understand their profound meaning it usually takes a long time. But follow them and keep these proverbs in mind the Go player learns to place his stones carefully and thoughtfully. He learns to make considerate and wise decisions. Playing and studying the game not only developes the playing strength but also stimulates foresight and the ability to make decision in game as well in life and consider their consequences.

Go is likewise a playful school of life. The game improves caution, foresight, concentration and patience.