Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more The Korean word baduk derives from the Middle Korean word Badok, the origin of which is controversial; the more plausible etymologies include the. I knew about Kato Sensei from his books: “Kato’s Attack and Kill”, “The Chinese Opening: The Sure-Win Strategy”, and “Tesuji for 1-kyu” (I don’t think the latest. Other names for Go are: Igo (alternate Japanese name), Weiqi or Weichi ( Chinese names), and Baduk Go has very simple rules, but very subtle strategy.

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Introductory Problems” by Kano Yoshinori. The game of Go has simple rules that can be learned very quickly but, as with chess and similar board games, complex strategies may be deployed by experienced players. In general, taking advantage of Black’s weak groups is one main weapon for White in a handicap game.

Do your best to win each game, don’t skimp on quality play, but get this step done as quickly as possible – play lots of games. A light group is also one that is hard to attack, but for a different reason. Play a lot of games, preferrably against other humans of about equal skill, if your opponents are too strong, you might learn more but will probably just get frustrated to get a feeling for common shapes.

The strategy involved can become very abstract and complex. White can play at C3, then A5, then A3, then A1, but this is not necessary; the Black group is dead as it stands.

Such groups may be saved or sacrificed for something more significant on the board.

Strategic Fundamentals in Go

Determining ahead of time whether a group is currently alive, dead, or unsettled, requires the ability to extrapolate from the current position and imagine possible plays by both sides, the best responses to those plays, the best responses to those strtaegy, and so on. The game was invented in China more than 2, years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day.

When you play, take your time and calculate the moves and moves in 2 or 3 reasonable alternative lines of play. Chess is tactical rather than strategic, as the predetermined strategy is to trap one individual piece the king.

Read up on dead shapes: It is considered respectful towards White for Black to place the first stone of the game in the upper right-hand corner.


A group of stones is said to be alive if it cannot be captured, even if the opponent is allowed to move first. It was then imported in Japan, where it became a game of the noblemen strategyy samurai. The scoring rules are explained separately. A Go professional is a professional player of the game of Go.

In the opening of the game, players usually play in the corners of the board first, as the presence of two edges makes it easier for them to surround territory and establish their stones.

This involves the important trade-off between overconcentration korigatachi and vagueness – between playing a move that accomplishes too little and a move that tries to accomplish stratgy much. Much of the practice material available to players of the game comes in the form of life and death problems, also known as tsumego. A thick group can also support invasion of enemy spheres of influence.

Chinese bowls are slightly larger, and a little more rounded, a style known generally as Go Seigen ; Japanese Kitani bowls tend to have a shape closer to that of the bowl of a snifter glass, such as for brandy. Here in dia 6 we show Black 1 capturing the white stone marked with A. A ko threat by White will force Baduuk to choose between responding to the threat, and allowing White to recapture thereby continuing the koor ending strateg ko, but having a damaged, poor position elsewhere on the board.

In general, go players refer to analysis of positions as reading.

Good way to learn basic strategy? : baduk

The game breaks up into areas that do not affect each other with a caveat about ko fightswhere before the central area of the board related to all parts of it. The Korean word baduk derives from the Middle Korean word Badokthe origin of which is controversial; the more plausible etymologies include the suffix “-ok” added to “Bad” creating the meaning “flat and wide board”, or the joining of “Bad”, meaning “field”, and “Dok”, meaning “stone”.

For you, I recommend episodes 3 and 4, the first two just talk about the basic rules, how to practice, and the importance of staying connected, stratsgy you probably picked up already in your games. Learn to Play Go series, five volumes: There is also a “poetic” name for it: There are several file formats used to store game records, the most popular of which is SGF, short for Smart Game Format. I had an app that let you play 3 minutes 9×9 games, with instant loss when the time runs out.

Neither player wants to play on a circled point, because doing so would allow the opponent to capture. Since the sides of the board can be used as territory boundaries, Black only had to close it from only 2 directions, so he used 8 stones for that.


In combinatorial game theory terms, Go is a zero-sumperfect-informationpartisandeterministic strategy gameputting it in the same class as chess, badu, checkers and Reversi Othello ; however it differs from these in its game play. For example, if Black has a thick group and a weak group nearby, and White attacks the weak group, Black can have its weak group run towards its thick group.

Go is a fascinating board game. Of course, the rule applies to both players, none of them are allowed to recapture immediately in a KO fight. Formal time controls were introduced into the professional game during the s and were controversial.

Two years later, inthe German Go Association strategu founded. The chain of three marked black stones cannot escape in any direction. However, it is permissible to emphasize select moves by striking the board more firmly than normal, thus producing a sharp clack.

Things can get complicated quickly, Black may want to stratey this sort of early fights in a handicap game, especially when there is no clear gain and when there is such a simple alternative such as the one in the previous diagram. A move consists of placing a stone on an empty intersection. Thus connected stones are stronger because they share their liberties.

Allowing this could result in an unending cycle of captures by both players. What can White do next?

While not actually mentioned in the rules of Go at least in simpler rule sets, such as those of New Zealand and the U. More popular midrange equipment includes cardstock, a laminated particle boardor wood boards with badu, of plastic or glass. Generally, in the endgame, all the major areas are staked out— however, there badyk still points to be made, as well as possible ways to reduce the opponent’s territory.

Strategic Fundamentals in Go (Wei Qi, Weiqi, Baduk, Paduk, Igo)

Internet-based Go servers allow access to competition with players all over the world, for real-time and turn-based games.

With the forcing moves at 15 and 17 White is punishing Black’s initial mistake with strateegy Want to add to the discussion?

There is only one thing I would like to add, a general idea of strategy in the beginning, for which I specifically recommend this video: