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| Placing the Stones

Easy to learn. Hard to master.

Go is one of the world’s great strategy board games and has been played for thousands of years. While it is infamously hard to master all the intricate strategies, learning the rules is easy and should not take more than a few minutes. It can be enjoyed at any level of ability so these rules are really all you need to fully enjoy a match!

Go is usually played on a square grid of 19x19 or 9x9 lines with a set of black stones for one player and white stones for the other. The goal is to get more points than your opponent. Players get points for surrounding territory and by capturing the opponent’s stones (which is covered in the following lessons).

Try playing a few practice moves as both Black and White to get the basic feel for it.

Black captures: 0, White captures: 0

The stones are played on the intersections, not inside the squares.
Black plays first and alternates turns with White.
Once a stone is played, it doesn’t move but can be removed if captured.

Now that the first step is behind you, let’s talk about capturing in the next chapter. More background information on the game is below if you are interested.

First move advantage and komi >

A brief history of Go >

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