Business program
of the 41st WAGC 2021
The WAGC will have a unique business program format, in which Go will act as a communication bridge connecting East and West over a common Go board. Go business club becomes a perfect place for conversation using the common language of game strategy.

The key session topics will be: digital economy and blockchain, the strategy of integration of the Far East with the Pacific Rim countries, Russia-Asia business dialog.
The WAGC 2021 Business Program
June 8th
12:00 – opening ceremony of the 41st World Amateur Go Championship
13:00 – business match for politicians and company leaders
14:00 – panel session "Artificial Intelligence. The Way Society and Business Will Change", panel discussions on the topics of "Artificial Intelligence in the Sphere of Finance", "Green Strategy of the Far East"
16:00 – AI + human interactive Go platform presentation
20:00 – VIP business dinner for business program participants. The seats are limited.

We are delighted to invite you to the special Match of Entrepreneurs, which will be held as part of the business program of the 41st World Amateur Go Championship in Vladivostok on June 8th, 2021 and at Saint Petersburg Economic Forum. Leaders of companies and politicians from Russia, Europe and Asia will take part in it. The World Amateur Go Championship will be held in Russia for the first time in 2021.

Key business program participants: Polymetal, Polyus, AEON, Rostelecom, Rosgeology, International financial center "Astana".

Participating in the business match at the World Championship is a great opportunity to start a new dialog with business leaders from Russia and Asia. The rules of the business match allow you to choose your own game partner. In order to prepare for the match, it's enough to take the master class on the basics of Go strategy and tactics.

An international panel session "Artificial Intelligence. The Way Society and Business Will Change." will be held for the business program participants. The breakthrough in the development of artificial intelligence allowed AI to defeat humans in Go. Today AI is already developing new strategies for business and changing the social reality. The participants will discuss successful Smart-tech cases for business and new AI technologies. A new experimental platform of AI and human cooperation will be presented and the first ever AI + human team Go tournament will be held at the panel session.
Several speakers have already given preliminary consent to participate:
A.A. Kozlov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic;
O.A. Kozhemyako, Governor of Primorsky Krai;
A.S. Nikolayev, Head of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia);
S.K. Nosov, Governor of Magadan region;
K.N. Kelimbetov, Governor of "Astana" International Financial Centre;
S.N. Gorkov, Director General and Chairman of the Management Board of JSC "Rosgeology";
P.S. Grachev, Director General of PJSC Polyus;
A.E. Loginov, vice-president of Rostelecom (director of the Far East division)
V.N. Nesis, CEO Polymetal;
R.V. Trotsenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AEON Corporation;
A.V. Pak, CEO OGK Group.
AI and human
The participation is free of charge. Participants are responsible for paying their travel and accommodation expenses. The organizers can help with choosing a hotel in Vladivostok. Preliminary registration is required to participate in the business program. To register please send an email to (Mikhail Emelyanov).

AlphaGo's victory over the world Go champion became the starting point of a new era of artificial intelligence development. This example shows humans where their strengths are and where they might need help.

Creating a practical model of AI and human cooperation is an important innovation, without which fully utilizing technology like AlphaGo wouldn't go beyond a very narrow range of application. Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT initiative on the digital economy, stated an idea that AI and human are superior at decision-making to even a very talented human alone. A human, who will ask the right questions, paired with AI that can provide analysis and prediction above human level will have qualitative superiority over the most distinguished expert, who has limited brain resources.

It is planned to use the game of Go, where authentic and lifelike tasks are embedded within a simple game model, to test this idea. A pair of a 1 dan player + AI, that doesn't substitute the human but gives excellent suggestions, should defeat a higher level master, who plays on his own, using only his intuition.

Business program participants will be able to test the newly developed AI application and take part in AI + human pair Go match.

The organizers welcome developer teams that are interested in creating their own AI applications to participate in the match. In order to receive terms of reference and development conditions, send an email to

All participants can also play in Russian Open Cup (May 29th – June 1st) after the business program. The schedule of Saint Petersburg Economic Forum business program is being confirmed now.
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