Go – The Legendary Oriental Game of Skill


The Legendary Oriental Game of skill

3M Company – 1973 – 2 Players

Go is a game which originated in China over 4000 years ago. (The oldest known reference is from 2356 BC.) The game is played on a grid and the playing pieces (or “stones”) are placed on the intersections of the grid lines. Players alternate placing stones on the intersections. The object of the game is to surround the most territory with stones of your color.

Stones can also be captured. When one player completely surrounds the stones of another player, the second player’s stones are captured. When stones will be captured on the next turn the player warns their opponent by saying “atari” which means (roughly) the same thing as “check” in Chess. (The name of the video game company Atari comes from the use of the word in Go.)

Go is an amazingly deep game. It looks simple; the rules are much simpler than those of chess for example. Don’t be fooled. Any game which has lasted for more than 4000 years is not something that can be mastered overnight. A very complex game that can take years to learn how to play well.

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