Go is board game originally created by the Chinese Emperor Yao for his son to teach him discipline, concentration and balance. It is an easy to learn game, however, it takes a lifetime to master as in chess or poker. The number of possible combinations in a game is said to be more than the atoms in the universe. Go was seen as first a royal game for centuries, then, played by Asians mostly. By the late 20th century, it started to become popular all over the world. Currently, the Go Federation has 75 member nations and 46 million worldwide players.
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- A game of Go starts with an empty board.
- Each player has an effectively unlimited supply of pieces (called stones), one taking the black stones, the other taking white.
- The main objectivev of the game is to use your stones to form territories by surrounding vacant areas of the board.
- It is also possible to capture your opponent’s stones by completely surrounding them.
- Players take turns, placing one of their stones on a vacant point at each turn, with Black playing first.
- Note that stones are placed on the intersections of the lines rather than in the squares and once played stones are not moved.
- However they may be captured, in which case they are removed from the board, and kept by the capturing player as prisoners.