The rules of go are very simple:
- Two players take turns placing stones (that’s the name of the pieces) on the intersections of a grid on an empty board. One player takes black and one player takes white, black goes first.
- Once a stone is placed it cannot be moved unless it is captured. The adjacent intersections of a stone are called that stone’s liberties and a stone is captured when all the liberties of the stone are occupied by the opponent’s stones.
- When you place a stone next to your own stone they create a chain. Your opponent then has to take the liberties of the whole chain in order to capture the chain.
- You are not allowed to place a stone where it would have no liberties, unless that move captures one or several of the stones occupying those liberties.
- The board position may not be repeated two moves in a row.
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The feeling that comes with improving is one of the most enjoyable parts of playing go. With greater understanding, the experience of playing becomes richer. But what are the best ways to improve? And do you need to be talented and start out young to become a strong player?
In this article we will discuss some of the best ways of improving one’s game. If you utilize proper study technique you will steadily become stronger no matter where your starting point is. Continue reading How to study Go →
Go is a strategic board game in which two players take turns placing black and white pieces on a grid in order to encircle territory. The game originated in China and the first historical mention of the game is more than 2400 years old, making it older than all other known board games still played. Continue reading Introduction to Go →