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Capture your opponent's stones in this classic Chinese game of simple rules and complex strategies! Go is an abstract strategy game for 2 players that is easy to learn yet difficult to master.

How to Play

Objective

Go TERMINOLOGY

SET-UP

  1. There is no limit to the number of stones each player has access to and they will always have enough stones to place 1 stone on their turn.

  2. Standard Go is played on a 19x19 intersection grid, but beginner players may also play on 9x9 or 13x13 grids. The less experienced player takes the black stones while the more experienced player takes the white stones. Because black goes first, the white player will typically add 6.5 points to their end score to account for the first turn advantage.

  3. If no handicap is being used, black would start the game by placing a black stone on any intersection of the board (including edges). A handicap of between 2-9 stones may be placed on a 19x19 board's 9 highlighted points in lieu of black's first turn, depending on the differences in experience between players. The order in which these stones are placed is as follows:

    2 stones: Top left, bottom right

    3 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left

    4 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right

    5 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right, center

    6 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right, middle left, middle right

    7 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right, middle left, middle right, center

    8 stones: Top left, bottom right, bottom left, top right, middle left, middle right, top middle, bottom middle

    9 stones: All highlighted points

PLAYING THE GAME

Scoring

Winning

The player with the most points wins!

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