How to Play Go


How to Play Go. Go has been played in China for thousands
of years, but it wasn’t until it was introduced to Japan 1,200 years ago that it achieved
real popularity. You will need A game board Black and white
stones and two players. Step 1. Set the lined, empty board on a flat surface. Go can be played on a square board marked
by any number of crossing lines. Conventional boards use nine by nine, 13 by
13, or 19 by 19 lined grids. Step 2. Place a black stone on any intersection of
lines on the board. Your opponent will then place a white stone
at a different vacant intersection. It is customary for the more experienced player
to use white stones and for the player using black stones to move first. Step 3. Take turns placing black and white stones
at vacant intersections. Try to place your stones adjacent to each
other on the same vertical or horizontal line. The object of the game is to surround vacant
areas, called points, on the board with your stones. You can also capture your opponent’s stones
by completely surrounding them. Stones remain in place unless captured. Step 4. Continue placing stones until neither you
nor your opponent can capture any more territory, or until you both agree that further play
offers no additional advantages. Step 5. Tally the score. One point is given for each vacant position
within one’s own territory, and one point for every stone captured. The player with the larger amount of territory
plus captured stones wins. Did you know Go is the only board game in
which humans can still reliably defeat computers.

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