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Go (Shudan)





Eastern Asia


Board, Space, Territory.


Also known as Weiqi in China, Go is one of the most popular board games, and one of the oldest continuously played games in the world. From an early date, it spread from China to Japan and Korea, and more recently it has become a popular game worldwide. It is a game of configuration, where the goal is to gain points by controlling territory on the board.


Played on a 19x19 board. The board begins empty. One player plays as black, the other as white. The black player begins by placing a piece on one of the intersections on the board. Players alternate turns placing a piece on the board. A player may pass at any time. A piece or a group of pieces are captured when they are completely surrounded on all sides on adjacent intersections by the opposing player. Stones cannot be placed to recreate a previous position. The game ends when both players pass consecutively. Players total the number of intersections their pieces occupy or surround. The player with the highest total wins.




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Murray 1951: 89-92.

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Koichi, M. 2005. "Go: Japan's Siege Game." In C. Mackenzie and I. Finkel (eds.), Asian Games: The Art of Contest. New York: Asia Society, 203-213.




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