The Game of Go – Easy to learn, but difficult to master

posted Feb 24, 2016, 2:23 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Feb 25, 2016, 8:16 AM ]

Several years ago I read a mystery-thriller that introduced me to the game of Go. I was fascinated by the concept and began to watch videos as well as read online articles and use online tutorials.

Go is a board game that started in China more than 2,500 years ago. From there is migrated to Japan and Korea before growing internationally in the last century. If you want to learn more about Go’s history, visit Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_%28game%29

There is a two-minute video on what Go is at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq5SObMdV3o

Like chess, Go is easy to learn and difficult to master. Go is played with two players (you and another person or you and a computer app). Go is a game where you try to capture and protect your territories. The basic rules are easy to learn and follow. In my opinion, one of the best tutorials on the game can be found at: http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/ or http://playgo.to/index-e.html if that doesn’t work for you. This website has interactive training where the basics are explained and you have to opportunity to play. What is nice about this website is there are 37 short tutorials that each give you hands-on practice to learn and improve your game strategy. I have referenced this site many times and it still can be challenging.

There are also several videos on how to play as well as web pages on the subject. Running a search, for example, brings up everything a person needs to know about the game including some online games and apps:  https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+the+game+of+go&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=how+to+play+the+game+of+go

Kifu is a free app that I use on my Windows PC and my Android tablet. You decide the level that you want to play against (beginner to master). It is helpful because you can go back a few plays if you make a mistake and want to learn why. You can find the Android version at:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.narwhals.go&hl=en And, the Windows version at the Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/store/apps/kifu/9wzdncrdhs67

If Go sounds interesting, check out the PlayGo interactive website. You might become hooked on the game.


Photo:  NihonShock