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| Placing the Stones

Hard to master, but easy to learn

Go is one of the world’s great strategy board games 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 aim of the game is to get more points than your opponent. Players get points for surrounding territory and by capturing the opponent’s stones (which will be covered soon in following lessons).

Feel free to test out a few moves for both Black and White, just 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 then White and Black take turns.
Once a stone is played, it doesn’t move, but can be removed when captured.

The first step is behind you, and we will talk about capturing in the next chapter. More extra background information is below if you are interested.

First move advantage and komi >

A brief history of Go >

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