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A BEGINNERS TO EXPERT
GUIDE TO LEARN THE
GAME OF GO
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What is Go?
How to Play (Basics)
The board & stones
How to play
Ending the game
The essence of Go
How to Play (Advanced)
Dead groups & Live groups
Additional Rules & Terms
During the game
Large Knight’s Move & Two-Point Jump
Go is an extremely simple, yet extremely complex, game for two players. Each player takes turns placing pieces, also known as stones, onto a game board. Each game board has horizontal and vertical lines and the size of board varies. 19x19, 13x13 and 9x9 are the most popular game board sizes. The players place their stones at the point where a horizontal line and a vertical line cross, also known as intersections.
The aim of the game is to place your stones so that they surround a larger area of the board than your opponent. This area under your control is known as your territory. You can capture your opponent’s stones by surrounding them but your opponent can also do the same to you. The winner is the person who has the largest territory at the end of the game (though points are also added for capturing opponent pieces.
The Chinese Emperor, Yao, lived from 2356 BC to 2255 BC. He called his son into the throne room one warm spring day and sat him down. His son, Danzhu, was growing up to be a leader of men and Yao wanted his son to take his rightful place on the throne when it was time to move from this world to the next. Emperor Yao wanted to teach his son discipline, concentration, and balance. He had sat on his throne and pondered the best way to go about this. He pulled the object, wrapped in cloth, from the box and placed it in front of Danzhu. Carefully Danzhu unwrapped it and watched as his father explained the rules of the game. He held the stones in his hand and felt the possibilities course through his veins.
The warlords of the past now ghosts lost in time, stood in front of the wooden board and plotted their next moves. The future of China would be won or lost. One of the men placed a piece and the others could see the strength and weakness of the position. Together they plotted how to conquer these lands.
The Chinese astrologer sat in his high tower, no one else could be seen for miles around. He looked down at the board and up to the skies. He moved the stones around the board and found the key to the relationship between individuals and the universe. He sat back and smiled at the universe.