Sharon Go Club

President: Shai Simonson

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We currently meet Mondays, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, Walpole Mall. Map.

During Covid, we will meet virtually. See our Facebook page for details.

What is Go?

Go is an Oriental game of strategy emphasizing patience, planning, respect and analysis. Go was one of the martial arts expected to be mastered by Samurai. Today it is played by professionals all over the world for prize money, fame, and enjoyment. In the east, skill at go is a sign of a cultured person.

Go is considered to be the deepest game of strategy in the world - even greater than Chess. The greatest computer in the world can beat the world champion in Chess, but until 2008, a strong 9 year-old student training to be a professional Go player beats the best program in the world every year while giving the computer an enormous handicap! It was not until 2015 with surprising combination of new Monte Carlo techniques and learning algorithms, that a program created by Google could beat a professional without a handicap. In March 2016, Alpha-go defeated the world champion Lee Sedol. Go was the last game of strategy to yield dominance to computation.

Five minutes to learn, a lifetime to master, studying Go is known to improve students grades, self-esteem, and visual perception. A well-developed handicap system makes Go enjoyable for players of different skill levels. Go encourages fierce competition, side by side with modesty and mutual respect, in the eastern martial arts tradition