Go: The Game That Has Captivated Minds for Millennia

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Professional Go Players: Ayumi Suzuki and Kanketsu Rin. Photo source

Welcome to the world of Go, an ancient game that’s as simple as it is profound. 🌟 Played by emperors, philosophers and war commanders in the past, Go continues to engage and captivate modern intellectuals today. More than just a game — Go is a masterclass in efficient thinking, sharpening your mind with every play. 🧐

“Go” comes from the Japanese 囲碁 (Igo), and is also known as 圍棋 (wéiqí) in China and 바둑 (baduk) in Korea.

Cool Facts about Go

Originating in China, Go has a history of over 3000 years

Simple rules, but over 10171 possible variations, making it the most complex board game ever

Top professional Go players earn up to $1.3M annually

Great Minds Fascinated by Go

Emanuel Lasker
Albert Einstein
Sergey Brin

Left And Right Brain Unite to Play Go

Left Hemisphere

Strategic Planning
Logical Reasoning
Analytical Thinking
Mathematical Skills

Right Hemisphere

Creativity and Innovation
Pattern Recognition
Spatial Intelligence
Intuition and Insight

Playing Go does wonders for your brain! 🧠 It not only boosts your memory and helps you focus better, but it also makes you a great problem solver. Plus, it’s great for keeping your emotions in check and keeping your mind sharp and flexible. All these benefits might even help in slowing down the aging process of the brain, reducing the risk of dementia. 🧙‍♂️

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Charming Simplicity of the Rules

Think you can’t play Go without knowing the rules? Let’s put that to the test!

Pretty straightforward, right? You’ve just learned a key part of the Go rules. 🤯

In Go, players take turns placing black and white stones at the line intersections.

The Objective 🏹

Outscore your opponent by controlling more territory and capturing their stones.

Capturing Stones ⚫⚪

You capture stones by completely surrounding them. Each captured stone adds a point to your score. This is a fundamental aspect of tactical gameplay.

Controlling Territories 🤝

Capturing stones is just one part of Go. Equally, if not more, important is controlling as much of the board as you can. The more territory you secure, the more points you gain. This brings a deep strategic layer to the game.

Go Game Video Tutorial

You can learn to play Go by taking a short interactive course that covers Go rules and fundamentals. It consists of bite-sized video lessons and quizzes to test your new skills. 🐾 Check out the first lesson from the course:

Chess vs Go: A Quick Comparison

While the Baroque rules of Chess could only have been created by humans, the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe they almost certainly play Go
— Edward Lasker, International Chess Master

Origin~1,500 years ago in India~3,000 years ago in China
Board Size8×8 grid19×19 grid
Game Pieces6 types of pieces per colorBlack and white stones
Ease of EntrySimple objective; detailed piece-specific rulesSimple rules; complex strategic objective
Average Game Length~80 moves~200 moves
Game Complexity~1044 possible positions~10171 possible positions
AI Surpasses Human Level1997, IBM’s DeepBlue2016, Google’s AlphaGo
Player Population~500 million worldwide~25 million worldwide
Professional Players~1700 worldwide~2000 worldwide

If a single grain represented every possible chess position, Go complexity would be comparable to the entire Sahara Desert.

Why Isn’t Go as Popular as Chess? 🤔

It’s a historical curiosity why Go isn’t as widely played as chess, especially considering its rich strategic depth. Chess got a head start in the West, becoming a staple in culture and education. Go, hailing from East Asia, only garnered Western attention over the last 100 years. But times are changing! With movies, anime, and epic AI battles, Go is rapidly gaining global popularity.

The AI Milestone: AlphaGo


The 2016 match where Google’s AlphaGo defeated world champion Lee Sedol was a watershed moment, showcasing the incredible potential of artificial intelligence. 🤖 That was the beginning of the widespread use of neural networks.

Interested in the full story? Check out the documentary “AlphaGo”. It’s a fascinating look at this historic AI-human showdown. Here it is, watch it now or save it for later. 👇

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Go in Movies and Anime

Did you see Go in “A Beautiful Mind” or “Pi”? It’s also sneaked into scenes in “Tetris” and “Knives Out.” 👀 But where Go really scores big is in the anime world. Enter “Hikaru no Go” — it’s this awesome series about a kid, Hikaru, who stumbles upon a Go board, but there’s a twist: it’s haunted by a Go master’s spirit from the past. Even though the anime is more than 20 years old, it’s still a hit, boasting an 8.2 on IMDB. 🍿

Want more movies centered about Go? Check out the whole list of them! 📺

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