The Game of Go

What is go?

Go is a Japanese strategy game that is played on a large grid with black and white stones. The object of the game is to capture the most territory and whoever does so wins the game! :)

The game of Go is featured in a manga/anime series called, "Hikaru No Go."

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Go originated in China thousands of years ago and is now played widely in Japan, Korea, China, and many other countries. Go is the oldest game in the world still played.

ancient go


Go is a really fun game, but requires much thought. It is similar to Chess because of the strategical part of it. However, the object of the game is to gain the most territory. Black always plays first. By the end of the game, whoever gains the most territory wins.

Go is played on a 19x19 grid with black and white stones. You place your color stones on the points where the lines intersect.

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In order to gain territory, you must completely surround your opponents stones in order to capture them. The stones that you capture are considered prisoners.

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Diagram 2

Black has now captured white's stone.


The game is over when the players have no more stones left, there are no more opportunities to surround more territory or catch more prisoners, or, when both players one after another passes or agrees that there are no more worthwhile moves.

The score is the number of empty points enclosed by a player's stones, plus the number of prisoners captured by that player. (This is the Japanese way of scoring.) Whoever has the higher score wins.


If anyone who lives on Long Island, NY becomes interested in the Game of Go, but has no one to verse, there is a Long Island Go Club That meets every Wednesday night at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. It goes from 7:30 - 10:00.

If anyone wants directions from Mapquest, use this address because it's the only one that works:

350 Walt Whitman Rd
Huntington Station, NY 11746-8704

Here's a link to their site: Long Island Go Club

go club

:) :)

8 years, 10 months ago
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I've been interested in Go and Shogi (japanese chess) for many years, but never had a proper learning atmosphere that either involved people in my general age group or younger, or someone who isn't overly eccentric teaching me. In any case, I would check out the L.I. Go group if I lived in that area.

If anyone checks into it, let me know how it is.

8 years, 10 months ago
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So I walked in to the college union today and sat down with a group of my friends. There playing a game, I thought it was Reversi, asked what they were playing, and they replay, "it's called Go."

Awesomeness! A game I never heard of, and it was right under my nose.

To be fair, the game bares a striking resemblance to the possibly more familiar game of reversi, which comes standard on many computers as a basic game, bundled with the likes of solitaire.

8 years, 10 months ago
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This is one of the games that I like playing and it's a good thing that they have it online too ^_^ It makes me feel old just playing it lol

8 years, 10 months ago
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I am happy to say that the Go club my friends and I have started at my school has been successful! Ish...We've only gotten a few of our friends to come so far, but that's ok because we still need to get our act together, and if we had a few more competent players before we sterted trying to teach other people how to play, that would be good.

ALSO: I would like to say that thanks to Jim, I have nightmares about squares now. More specifically Quadrangles. That doesn't sound very specific...BUT I BLAME YOU, JIM!

8 years, 8 months ago
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Has anyone played Go (other than maria and I?)

8 years, 10 months ago
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