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  1. 1. The Game of Go
  2. 2. What is Go ● Board game ● Takes an afternoon to learn and a lifetime to master. ● Rules are simple, but game has an almost infinite set of strategies.
  3. 3. History of Go ● Invented in China over 2,500 years ago. ● Spread to Japan, Korea and later U.S. And Europe ● Alternate names: Wei-Chi, Baduk
  4. 4. Go In modern times
  5. 5. Go Etiquette ● Holding a Go Stone
  6. 6. Go Equipment ● Go Board – When learning 9x9 – Full size 19x19 when playing at club level ● Go Stones – Plastic – Glass – Clamshell and Slate
  7. 7. Japanese Goban
  8. 8. Goal of Game ● To surround more board territory than your opponent
  9. 9. Basic Rules ● Black plays first ● Stones are placed on intersection points ● Stones are never moved but can be captured. – Surrounding a stone captures that stone (prisoner) – Surrounding a connected group captures that group (prisoners) ● A stone cannot 'commit suicide' ● The game ends with 2 passes in a row or a resignation
  10. 10. Aspects of Strategy ● One Eye vs Two eyes ● 'In the land of Go – The one-eyed king is dead' ● A group with two eyes (or more) cannot be killed – Why not?
  11. 11. Eye Examples
  12. 12. Further Resources ● Reference: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_game ● Turn based Go Site – http://www.dragongoserver.net/ ● Real-time based Go site – http://gokgs.com/

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