Russian Go Federation, Polymetal International and SIBUR Holding are inviting business professionals to take part in the Ministry of Economic Development Go Cup and in Businessman’s Friendship Match. Both will be taking place as a part of sports program of the IV Eastern Economic Forum 2018. The prizes is provided by Polymetal. The Businessman’s Friendship Match however does not provide for a prizes.

EEF is one of the largest economic forums of the region. The Forum brings together many public officials and business representatives from Russia and countries of Asia. This year’s EEF will be visited by several national leaders. It is the best place to make new business acquaintances while playing a game of Go, in a homely atmosphere of the International Tournament.

You can choose to participate in:

  • The Ministry of Economic Development Cup: 3 days, 5rounds
  • the Goodwill Business Event:  Businessman’s match and AI Challenge Match on September 11st.

The Cup will be held at the Far East Regions Exhibition, the most active part of the Forum. The exhibition is located on the quay of the picturesque Ayaks bay. The Exhibition will present the largest industrial and infrastructural projects of Russia’s Far East. The Sakha Yakutia Republic will display an exposition of handiworks made of mammoth bones. The Amur Region in cooperation with the Cup’s sponsor SIBUR Holding will present a scheme of an Amur Gas Processing Plant. The Khabarovsk Territory will present a pavilion of high technologies. Fish market, evening entertainment program and other activities will be available in the area of exhibition.

The International Cup pavilion the will be visited by the high representatives of Russian business, including executives of Rosneft, SIBUR Holding and Polymetal International, Primorsky Territory officials, Mayor of Vladivostok and others. In cooperation with the embassies, we are elaborating a possibility of official delegations to visit the International Go Tournament.

Vitaly Nesis
Chief Executive Officer Polymetal International
«I am honored to invite our partners and friends to the Eastern Economic Forum-2018 to the first Go tournament at the Forum.
Despite the fact that Go is an ancient game, it has a lot to teach a modern leader. It reminds a player that the goal of winning is not to destroy an opponent at any cost, but to achieve a systematical expansion and control of the game field. There are no kings or queens, pawns or bishops in Go just like in a good team; all pieces are equal in potential and ability to act. I also see the deeper meaning in the fact that once a stone is placed on the Go board, it does not move again unless the opponent does not capture it.
I hope to welcome all of you at our event to enjoy Go together, to share both triumph and drama while playing this wonderful game».

Goodwill business Go event

The Closing Match between the representatives of leading international businesses at President’s Day, 13th of September.

Goodwill Go Event – series of Businessman’s Friendship Matches simultaneously with the International Go Cup. It consists of:

Friendship Business Match  for EEF guests and delegates on September 11st.

Go Challenge Match on September 11st. Three teams (two teams of businessmen, 4 members each and the Russian national team) will play against the artificial intelligence GOLAXY. You are welcome to join the battle against AI as a member of businessmen’s team. GOLAXY AI is a special guest of our tournament from China. It is one of the strongest AI, who has also defeated Chinese Go champion Ke Je.

The event management provides participants of EEF with accreditation to the zone of the International Go Cup and to the «Far East Street» exhibition area (green zone). In addition, 5 accreditation packages will be available to all national team members, the packages will allow access to the exhibition areas of largest Russian and international companies of EEF (blue zone). You will be able to establish new contacts with Russian business representatives by inviting them to join you in a game of Go in the play zone of the Cup.

Please be aware that tournament participant accreditation does not provide access to plenary sessions of EEF business program. If you intend to participate Forum’s business program, you would have to register personally as an EEF participant. However, we recommend you to refrain from attending the plenary meetings of business program, due to the fact that it would interfere with participation in the program of the Cup.

Match rules (preliminary): Japanese rules; 70 minutes of main time with a Canadian byo-yomi 10/20.

Vitaly Nesis
CEO Polymetal Int
Gyuli Mukhtarova
Director of dev., IT company
Vitaly Radnaev
CEO, IT company
Alexander Sayapin
CEO, real estate
Nikolay Mrochkovskiy
CEO, business accelerator
Sergey Gorkov
AI Golaxy
Special guest
Lu Bin (4d) CEO of Thunisoft, President of CEGO China
Xiang Kaijin (4d) CEO of Luxin Investment Holding Group China
Wen Huisheng (20k) Managing Partner of GENE Capital China
Pan Deng (5d) CEO of Changwei Metals Tech. Co.Ltd. China
Ge Yuhong (5d) Owner of GE Yuhong Go Academy China
Li Gang (5d) CTO of YIKE China
Li Wenfeng (5d) Director of Huadian Co. Ltd. China
Du Jingyu (6d) CEO of Guoshuo Co.Ltd. China
Li Gangyi (5d) Vice president of Xi’An Qi-yuan, founder of silk-road tournament China
Liu Zengli (3d) CEO of Xinjiang Aosheng Go Academy China
Lin Lu (5d) CEO of Tian-yi Weiqi, Director of CEGO China
Gao Hu (5d) CEO of Zhiqi Co.Ltd. China
Liang Zhijie (4d) General Manager of CEGO China
Chen Ping (3d) President of Yincheng Co.Ltd. China
Park Myong-soo (5d) Kookmin Bank Korea
Nam Ki-chan (5d) Elite Korea Korea
Lee Hyuk (7d) СЕО, Won-il Co Korea
Jo Doo-yun (5d) Korea Forest Welfare Institute Korea
Kweon Gilsung Jain Korean Medicine Hospital Korea
Jo Koon-hwan (5d) Woori Accounting Corp. Accountant Korea
Song Jae-soo (3d) Korea Baduk Federation Executive Vice President Korea
Song Sok-won (5d) player Korea
Park Ae-young (2d) Former President of Korean Women’s Baduk Association Korea
Song Jae-hwan (7d) Yonsei University (student) Korea
Lee Seung-hun (6d) Yonsei University (student) Korea
Jang Yong-mi (2d) player Korea
Usami Taro (6d) Nihon Kiin Japan
Eguchi Taro (5d) Komatsu Ltd. ICT Development Center Development Division Japan
Inagaki Satoshi (6d) Keio University, Law Majior 4th grade Japan
Okamura Nanako (3d) Waseda University, Cultural Initiative Faculty, grade2 Japan
Hino Rieko (5d) Osaka University, School of Allied Health Science Japan
Iwazaki Riho (1d) Kokugakuin, Department of Economics, Department of Economic Networking, 4th grade Japan
Uchiro Hitoe (5d) Yokohama IGO salon Japan
Yukumatsu Miki (4d) Osaka University, School of Science, Department of Biological Sciences Japan
Kihara Shunsuke (7d) Osaka University Japan
Verkeenko Vitaliy (19k) mayor of Vladivostok Russia
Vlasov Denis (5k) Chairman of the bar Council VladPravo Russia
Generalov Egor (8k) Head of Department «LocoTech» LLC Russia
Goryachkin Аndrey (1d) Deputy CEO «Madisson» LLC Russia
Gorkov Sergey (17k) Deputy minister of economic development of Russia Russia
Grankin Vladimir (7k) Chairman of the Board, Cauri Ltd Russia
Zatonskih Anton (5d) CEO,  Russian Business Bridge Russia
Kuznetsov Igor (5k) CEO, «Puzzles», educational project Russia
Mrochkovskiy Nikolay (9k) CEO, business accelerator of educational program Captains of Russia Russia
Mukhtarova Guli (12k) Director of development, NTR Lab Russia
Nechet Andrey (12k) CEO, «JAPONICA» LLC Russia
Nesis Vitaliy (4k) CEO, Polymetal Int Russia
Omelchenko Makar (8k) investor Russia
Radnaev Vitaliy (5d) CEO,  «Snezhniy Bars» LLC Russia
Salykhov Dmitriy (15k) CEO, «Aleurone» LLC Russia
Sayapin Akexander (14k) CEO, «Planeta Nedvizhimosty» LLC Russia
Chernykh Anton (6d) junior Russia
Shalneva Virginiya (4d) junior Russia
Kajmin Vyacheslav (6d) junior Russia
Surin Dmitriy (6d) player Russia
Dinershtein Alexander (7d) player Russia
Shikshin Iliya (2p) player Russia
Kalsberg Elvina (4d) player Russia
Kachanovskiy Artem (1p) player Europe
Surma Mateusz (1p) player Europe
Burnaevskiy Igor (6d) player Russia
Mitic Nikola (6d) player Europe
Lazarev Aleksey (5d) President of the Kareliya Go Federation Russia
Provisional Schedule

10 September

10:00 – … Meeting of the participants at the Vladivostok airport, check-in to the hotels and FEFU campus

11 September

10:00 – Registration at Go Pavilion, Far East Street exhibition
10:30 – Opening of the International Cup 
11:30 – 1st round of the Cup
14:00 – Lunch
Business program:
16:40 – Opening of the Business Match and AI Galaxy Challenge Match, presentation of WAGC 2020 (EEF, A4)
17:15 – AI Golaxy Challenge Match
17:15 – Businessman’s Match

Optional: every day friendly game in parallel to the 1th, 2nd and 4th round of the tournament (for those who will not participate in the tournament)

12 September (President’s Day)

10:00 – 2nd round of the Cup
14:00 – Lunch
15:00 – 3d round of the Cup
19:00 – Cultural Program

13 September (President’s Day)

09:00 – 4th round of the Main Tournament
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 5th round of the Main Tournament
18:00 – Closing Ceremony
20:00 – Dinner

14 September

10:00 – Simultaneous Go game session

Russia, Vladivostok, Russkiy island, campus of the Far Eastern Federal University

Main Tournament

The tournament offers 10 seats to European participants (excluding Russia), Amateurs and Professionals, and 30 seats to Asian participants, Amateurs only.

Applicants must be first dan rank or higher (If the number of applicants exceeds 10, participants will be chosen by the maximum EGD rating between 1stJune 2017 and 1stJune 2018).  All costs (except fro flight to Vladivostok and back) will be covered by event management, including accommodation (hotel double-room) and meals. It is valid only for those applicants, who have applied before May 28th.

Additionally 3 players from each country (excluding Russia) will get compensation for flight tickets to Vladivostok — up to 23000 RUB.

In addition, anyone can register on his own, if a person is to cover all expenses by himself.

Participation fee: no charge.

Categories of the winner seats:






Best women

Under 20 years

Organizers and Sponsors

Russian Go Federation brings together the largest Go community of Europe. Over 200 Go tournaments take place in 33 cities of Russia every year. EGC-2016 in Saint Petersburg became the biggest Go congress in the modern history. Russian Go Federation won the right to host WAGC-2020, which will take place in Vladivostok.

Polymetal Int is a leading precious metals mining group operating in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia listed on the London Stock Exchange and Moscow Stock Exchange. The company is a member of FTSE 250 и FTSE Gold Mines. Polymetal has a portfolio of eight producing gold and silver mines and an impressive pipeline of future growth projects.

Roscongress Foundation — a major organizer of Eastern Economic Forum.

SIBUR Holding is the largest integrated petrochemicals company in Russia. The Company serves more than 1,400 large customers in the automotive, construction, consumer goods, healthcare, food, energy, chemicals and other industries in 80 countries and employs over 27,000 people.

our contacts

If you have any questions about our events or condition of participation please write us a letter. We will be glad to see you at the International Go Tournament in Vladivostok, 11-13 of September 2018!

Natalia Kovaleva


Mikhail Emelyanov

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