Benefits of Weiqi

Do you really know why Weiqi is such a fascinated educational game since the beginning of China with five thousand years of history?

And wonder why Chinese emperors, civic and military advisors played Weiqi in conversations with one another?

How about this: the feudalistic Chinese imperial court used Weiqi as a gauge to measure the intellectual strength of an imperial scholar who served the Emperor and his advisors?

Weiqi has an undying nature of existence in even in this era of ultra fast moving modern tech world. I simply call it a Game of Eternity or the Heavenly Game, of such without age. Compare it with Monopoly, a renowned game for 80 years but it is now seen with sign of fading interests among players. International Chess and Chinese Chess are only a few decades old.

Weiqi is the only game ranked together with the 4 Chinese exquisite arts, surely it must have remarkable learning values for all mankind.

Let us study and discuss the benefits of Weiqi in Ten ways:

1. Improve your Business Skills

    • Consistency – All business owners know that by giving a great consistent service, his / her will ensure a life long relationship with customers and hence forging new ones.
    • Stability – A stable business model is the heart of every successful business.
    • Expansion plan – All business owners want to grow their businesses efficiently so as to service more customers.

2. Improve your Negotiation Skills

  • Trading – By understanding the equilibrium of buying and selling, a great Weiqi player learns on the board and works in his advantage even in the marketplace.
  • Giving and Taking – No one takes all the time. A Weiqi player knows the balance well and gives generously at times.
  • Exchanging – Similar to the above examples, exchanging in a fair manner could also be a workable solution in certain negotiations.

3. Improve your Interpersonal Skills

  • Conflict management
  • A game of friendship

4. Improve your Project Management Skills

  • All in all, you will need a good overall game strategy and building plan
  • From the game, you will learn to see a better big picture.
  • You will understand process management in both macro and micro levels
  • It will improve your time management skills

5. Improve your Prioritization Skills

  • Deciding on which part of the board is critical, urgent or important.

6. Improve your Study Skills

  • Well balanced Weiqi students are able to formulate correct study methods to improve learning, organizing materials as well as retaining relevant subject text into memory.

7. Improve your Critical Thinking Skills

  • Critical decision making
  • Problem solving

8. Improve your Memory Power

  • Great players are able to remember all the moves after the game accurately in correct sequence.

9. Improve your Calculation Power

  • The game requires accurate calculation of points during mid game as well as end game closing of territory. It trains up a person’s Mathematical calculation skill.

10. Improve your Creativity Skills

  • This game has no limitation on the ways of play on a player. A player is allow to play on any place on the board as long as the move is legal. In this way, the game is like an art piece and it helps to train up a person’s creativity mind.

Other benefits includes:

Awareness of the invaluable Chinese Culture

Cultivation of calmness of mind. This is learnt through overcoming the mental pressure and situation pressure in the game.

Cultivating Good manners by greeting one another before and after the game.

Forging of Long term friendships.

Cultivating humility in a person knowing that there is always room for improvement even for the professionals in this modern era.

Train up of patience

Train up your logical skills

Building up your observation skills

Train up your decision making skills

Having a life long recreation

Always able to learn something new – there is always something to learn from Weiqi – whether tangible in the game or intangible out of the game. It is a heavenly gift to us.

A child who learns and play Weiqi will never go astray. – Anonymous

It is better to send a child to Weiqi lessons and get addicted to it before he wastes all his childhood time on computer games. – Anonymous

Weiqi players will never be lack in intelligence and social skills. Both sides of their brain is always in constant development. – Benson Lam

By Benson Lam

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