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Go (game)

Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent.

The game was invented in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago, and is therefore believed to be the oldest board game continuously played today. It was considered one of the four essential arts of the cultured aristocratic Chinese scholar caste in antiquity. The earliest written reference to the game is generally recognized as the historical annal Zuo Zhuan (c. 4th century BCE).

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Seki (Mutual Life) It is played when a players deliberately puts himself/herself in Atari in order to have their group of stones reduced by one stone versus multiples on. This move is played when both players share the same liberties between two groups. Connection (Ladder) It is important to keep one’s own stones connected, so that it is more difficult for the opponent to capture them. Cut Keeping the opponents stones divided will help you in capturing their stones Opening By spreading your stones throughout the board you will be able to gather more territory. It is more efficient to proceed the game with stones first played near corners, then along the sides and finally in the center.

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Liberties Are the (intersections) spaces adjacent to stones played on the board. If a stone is not surrounded by any of the opponent stones, then the stone is referred to as having 4 liberties. Eyes The Ko rule prevents the play of certain intersections that would lead to a never ending repetition. Those spaces are referred to as Eyes. If a group of stones surrounded by the opponent can form two eyes within its group it can still be considered alive. Fake eyes Are spaces that seem like they are eyes, but are actually valid plays. You can determine whether or not they are actually eyes based on: whether the space if surrounded by at least one empty point and whether the group is solidly connected.

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Goal and Structure The Goal of the Game is to gain the most territory. The game is played on a 19x19 board, for the purpose of playing a shorter period of time there are smaller sized board on which to play on. The stones are played on the intersections. Stones can not be moved once played and black is the first to make the move. The Ko rule in GO prevents unending repetition.

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