The Japanese Game of Go

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  1. PhotonGuy

    PhotonGuy Senior Master

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    Anybody familiar with the game of Go from Japan? From what I heard about it, it relies heavily on strategy so it is much like Chess in that sense, but I also heard it can be more complicated than Chess, so does anybody know much about it? I might want to try it out.
     
  2. Chris Parker

    Chris Parker Grandmaster

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    Then find a group nearby that plays, and give it a go (ha!). No amount of description is the same as the experience, it might sound intriguing but you find it boring… it may sound complicated, but you find it simple. As with everything, if you're interested in it, go out and find it.

    Just to keep it on a martial arts note, though, it's from the ranking structure of Go that Kano developed the modern idea of kyu and Dan grades… there was no such ranking before him… with some alterations, of course.
     
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    'Go' is the Japanese name for 'Wei Qi', which was invented in China some 2500 yrs ago. There is practically no luck involved and the rules are about as simple as you can get, simply placing your pieces on the board one at a time in order to encircle the opponent's pieces, however, the complexity comes in the strategy and the depth of the game.

    The following link will probably give you more info and opinions/strategies about the game than you will ever want to know...

    Go Board Game BoardGameGeek

     
  4. PhotonGuy

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    Maybe I'll stick with Chess. But Go might still be worth looking into.
     
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    kuniggety 2nd Black Belt

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    You might also want to look into Shogi which is must closer to being the Japanese equivalent of chess. The noticeable difference is that taken pieces can be dropped back onto the board, drastically affecting the gameplay. The types of pieces and the way that they move are very similar to chess.
     
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    With a little hunting, you can find an online/computer version of Go. Give it a try... I find it's much harder than it seems like it should be...123
     

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