Go isn't just an abstract strategy game, Go is the abstract
strategy game. It has been played in more or less it's
present form for almost 2000 years. It's played all
over the world; but primarily in Japan China and
The rules of Go are simple;
The goal of the game is to occupy or surround more of the
board than your opponent.
- Black and White alternate placing a stone,
anywhere on the board, or you can pass.
- Groups of stones that are connected horizontally or
vertically form a group.
- A group which has no empty spaces adjacent is removed.
- It's not allowed to repeat a position (most commonly,
a simple capture/recapture loop called Ko)
- The game ends when both players pass.
Beginners tend confused by Go because as customarily
played moves that are obvious to both players do not
need to be actually played. The game at the right is
over - although there are still lots of places to play, and
lots of threats and counter threats are still
available. Experienced players understand all about
this and instead of playing dozens (or even a hundred!)
meaningless moves at the end of the game, they use one of
several customary methods to calculate the score.
The important thing for novice players to understand is that
if you don't agree with your opponent's assessment of the
game, you just keep playing.
Getting Started: It's really important to play
with a more experienced player who will be patient and
explain things until you have the gist of the game. Go
is a game you will probably never master, but will always
Robots: Go may
have fallen to the robot overlords, but the technology
hasn't trickled down to me yet. There's no robot for