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The Game of Go

A Go Board

That is a Go Board. I copied the image from the San Francisco Go Club site that you can visit Here

Shady Hill School in Cambridge MA.has a go club. Clink on this LINK to see some ideas for handouts for the club members.

Go is a 2 person game played on that 19 by 19 board. It has fairly simple rules but it is hard to get good at it, kind of like chess. Players are ranked from 30 Kyu up to 9 Dan. The 9 Dans are the super stars. The 30 Kyu are the beginners. I have been playing for over 30 years but I am ranked only about 9 Kyu. Hopefully if you play seriously for a year, you can pass me! If you want to find out more, below are some annotated links.

Here in Boston there are two Go clubs. They meet at specific times so be sure the check the web sites. The Mass Go Club in Davis Square, where I am a member, traditionally is open Tuesday and Friday nights. There is a special beginners night the first Tuesday of every month, from 7 to 10 pm. The MIT Go Club seems to meet on Wednesday night. It is more student oriented. No white hairs.
You also should look at the American Go Association pages. They post lots of great material and have a free email newsletter.

How does one learn to play go?

You can try a book like the new one by sometimes Mass Go Club member Peter Shotwell. It is called GO! More Than A Game. You will really have to try different books to see what fits your style. My personal opinion is that things will go a lot faster if you get someone to show you the idea on a 9x9 board. There are a couple concepts that are tricky. One idea that is typical of the many nuances of Go is that the game only ends when both players agree it is over! When you are a new player, that is sometimes very hard to figure out.

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Computer Go