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Introduction to Go

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Go is a board game that combines a very simple rule set, an ancient history, and yet a level of sophistication unrivaled by any mind sports. Played on a 19x19 grid, players alternate in placing stones (black and white) on the intersection points of the grid. The object of the game is to surround the most empty grid intersections (points) by surround them or by capturing the opponent’s stones that occupy these grid points.

Go is the most popular game in Asia where it originated. In China and Korea, Go exceeds golf and ALL other sports in capturing TV audiences. Go players command prize moneys enjoyed in the West only by the top golf, football, and basketball players.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of Go is that to this day Go remains the ONLY mind sport as yet unsolved by artificial intelligence. Computer playing programs, for example, remain unmatched by even the modestly strong amateur players. As such, it can be said that Go is the last stronghold of “human intelligence” against its “artificial” counterpart.

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GO Online Tournament

Online Tournaments of Go have run since 1994, involving players from all over the world. The current version of the tournament, sponsored by SportAccord, further implements the feature that players compete in various playing ranks (“bands”) so that not just the top players may take home the trophies. We hope to attract up to ½ million players from Asia to Africa, making this tournament the truly international championship match! In 2012 and 2013, we had a Japanese and a South African winner. Maybe this is your turn?

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