An ancient strategy game for 2 players who try to outwit each other by placing stones on the board to simulate the capturing of territory.

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Is one allowed to play Go with a notebook?

This may be a silly question—but, is it illegal for one to enter a Go (or Chess, for that matter) tournament with a notebook in hand?
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Why is this NOT joseki?

Why is white 4 in this diagram not joseki? How can it be punished by black and how bad is it compared to standard joseki play? $$ ---------- $$ ..........| $$ ..........| $$ ..3.2.....| $$ ...
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Tsumego elementary problem 157

I tried to solve this tsumego, black is on the move: it seems to me that white can kill black only if he wins the ko two times. Is that correct? After first ko win he will connect at 1-3 and after ...
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Why is this the solution?

I'm a very weak go player, playing very occasionally. I however enjoy easy tsumego problems on the train on my phone, as I find it more fun than, say, crosswords or sudoku. However, the app I use ...
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Where can I find an opening database of professional games for 9x9 Go?

I'm looking for an opening database (also called game explorer) for 9x9 Go, showing in every position the percentage of times each move is played and also possibly the percentage of times each move ...
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Fight - can black stones be killed?

I just tried a fight that ended up this: Can the black stones be killed? It's whites move. First, let's assume that white's chain is safe and look at it as tsumego. I tried several sequences but ...
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Tsumego intermediate problem 11 - possible without winning ko two times?

This tsumego (intermediate problem 11) gave me hard time: I actually only found a solution where black must win the ko two times, which is nasty. Is there a better solution? It actually looks like ...
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3-3 invasion into 4-4,6-4

In josekipedia, they state that this exchange is a mistake See http://www.josekipedia.com/#path:pdttpfqcpcqdqepbobrbpaqaqb for the full sequence they argue with. But, I think that their argument ...
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Joseki question

I have found a possible problem in this joseki, see josekipedia: http://www.josekipedia.com/#path:qdttocrdreqcpdpbrcrbsdobnbncmcndmbpcodsb They comment this white's move as "Makes life". But it ...
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Tsumego problem 899

I am not able to solve this tsumego problem 899 of the elementary set. Black is to move and perhaps to kill white. But it seems to me that regardless of what black does, white will always make one eye ...
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Trying to understand KGS ranking system: why did my rank drop?

I really don't understand what's going on in the GoKGS ranking system and why did my rank dropped in Decemeber. Look at my December game list. I was ranked as "13k?". Then I played an even game ...
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Playing against underestimated player damages my rank at KGS

At GoKGS.com, I (13 kyu) was playing against player ranked as "13k?", and I lost and dropped to 14 kyu. But then we found out (thanks to another user watching the match) that the user is actually much ...
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Do my games in the GoKGS get deleted after some time?

At this page (https://www.gokgs.com/help/tilde.html) I read: Your whole list of games (i.e. all those played in the last 180 days) ... This kind of suggests that "my whole list of games" = "all ...
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CGoban 3 doesn't ask for saving a review!

I just finished a game at GoKGS and the opponent offered me a review. When we ended, the opponent has left first, then I closed the window with the review in a good hope CGoban will ask me if I want ...
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Why do all Go board sizes have an odd number of lines? Why is a 19x19 board so much better than a 20x20 board?

Here are the number of games played on every different board sizes on DGS (Dragon Go Server): | Size | CNT | +------+--------+ | 5 | 2464 | | 6 | 466 | | 7 | 11015 | | 8 | 434 ...
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Go software for studying/reviewing sgf games

I got a great review of my game from another player on GoKGS. So I got this *.sgf file with lots of variants (tree branches) with lots of comments... So now I am looking for a good piece of software ...
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How do I set language in GoKGS?

I am forced to use czech language, but I would like to use English. How can I switch languages in GoKGS? This is what I see when I click File (1st in the menu) and Set preferences (3rd in the ...
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Small go board history

Does anyone know origin of smaller go boards (9*9,13*13)? When (and where) was first introduced? I looked on Sensei library but didn't find anything about history of go boards.
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Dan levels: difference between amateur and professional? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between amateur and professional dan levels in go? If yes, how are they related?
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First things to learn about semeai?

I would like to learn more about semeai and be able to quickly learn about how to handle the most common situations (determine quickly whether a group is alive, dead, or undetermined). Now, there is ...
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4-4 high approach - why is the defensive approach prefered?

In the 4-4 high approach joseki, why would black ever want to play the defensive - left variant? The result of the right variant looks much better! While the left variant leaves monkey jump ...
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Go - How does one count territory in these two scenarios? (9x9)

I'm learning to play Go and I was trying to develop a game in java, but I'm still not sure how to count territory in some cases. In the scenario below, which side belongs to White, Top or Bottom? ...
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4-4 high approach joseki question

I have a question about 4-4 high approach joseki. Everything is clear until move 4. I don't know how to respond if black plays C15 instead of the expected C17 (stone number 5). It leads to the ...
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How to apply the ko rule (Go)

I'm having trouble understanding how to apply the ko rule. For instance, in the description in Wikipedia, there is an example where the ko rule can potentially apply. But suppose there were two, or ...
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4-4 high approach joseki incomplete?

I have a problem with the 4-4 high approach joseki - the left variant: In the left variant, black ends the joseki and white can play anywhere else, i.e. has sente. But the position is pretty weak ...
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Is there a site to play go online against a computer?

There are many go servers but all of them seem to be for player-player games. I want to play online against a computer. I found some but it is not an actual go. I was not able to find a real go brain ...
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Do strong Go players play simuls, like in chess? Do they ever play blindfolded?

Strong chess players will often play a "simul," walking from board to board and making a move on each, taking virtually no time to select their moves, and forcing themselves to keep track of many ...
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What are good ways to learn to “read” a sequence of moves mentally?

What are good ways to learn to "read" a sequence of moves mentally (i.e. visualize it in one's mind), in Go? Is practicing on a goban useful, or is trying to stick to mentally imagining the moves ...
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How can I quickly estimate my level in go by playing against a computer/tablet?

I would like to have an idea of my level in go (in kyu). This would for instance help me choose the most appropriate go books to read. I would like to do this through playing against a program—because ...
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How to count non fully walled territory?

I just started to learn Go. I still have some problems to properly understand how to count territory when the game has finished (by both players passing). For example, if the game ends in the ...
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How to begin learning Go?

I've been playing a bit with Go and after a few games I do get pretty well the different rules. The game indeed has a very deep strategy and I've read that to get a grip at that strategy, a player ...
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Which games are most rewarding to review? [closed]

I play Go online and have by now quite a few sgf's of past games available which I could review. I'm however lazy so I certainly wont review all or even most of them. So which ones can I learn the ...
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What are examples of Go played on non-flat surfaces, like on a sphere?

I know there was some thought put into how Go looks or feels like if it's not plaey on a flat, rectangular surface, but the surface of a 3-d object like a sphere or a donut. I'm mostly interested in: ...
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What happens in Go if you “take back” a ko before making a ko threat?

In Go, there is a potentially repetitive sequence of moves called a "ko." So if your opponent takes a ko from you, you have to make a move elsewhere on the board, called a ko threat, before "taking ...
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4-4 pincer variant - not in joseki dictionary

I am 4K and played against 2K in handicap game (2-stones). The point of B3 was to prevent a double-wing shape for white (along the right and bottom) So W4 pincer leads us into this joseki variant. ...
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3-4 point joseki - wide double-pincer

After a low approach at W2, B3 is a wide pincer. I double-pincered at W4 and then diagonal B5. $$ $$ . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ . . . . . . . . 4 . . | $$ . . . . . . . 5 ...
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life and death: 2 x 4 in the corner with defects

In a go game (with another 4K) I got a 2 x 4 region in the corner with lots of defects. W1 almost surely will happen. Can White get life or ko? $$Wm1 $$ |------------ $$ | . . . . X . $$ | . . O ...
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Is this corner dead?

Played a game on KGS. We are both 4K. He was good at life and death, and I am rusty. Was B1 sente? $$ ------------| $$ . X O 2 1 . | $$ X . X O . . | $$ . . X O . . | $$ . . X O O . | $$ . . X X ...
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How to balance influence vs territorial plays on a 13x13 board?

Most of the answers to "What is a good opening on a 13x13 board?" deal generally with the differences between large and medium boards. I'd like to ask more generally about how I should be thinking on ...
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Magic Sword: Peaceful Variation or is Punishment Possible?

In a game earlier today I encountered a deviation from the Magic Sword pattern that I haven't been able to find anywhere. Instead of cutting, White seemed to offer a peaceful trade of influence for ...
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How does one set up a 1/4 board for GO?

As a beginner, I was handed a full go board. And, somehow figured it out. A beginner friend wants to start "small" and something like 1/4 of the board. Personally, I think that we should start with ...
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Traditional 1-stone handicap before komi

In "traditional" handicap, when there is a ranking difference of 1, black plays first and there is no komi (Sensei's Library uses this term). But if you play without komi anyway, this is no handicap. ...
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Three-space jump on third line: how to connect?

I've seen that in the diagram below, the two black stones can connect by attaching to the white stone, but I can't work out the sequence. How does black play to connect her stones? $$cm1 $$ . . . . ...
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Is Go played for money?

Playing for money in this meaning would be single games played for some stake, not tournaments with a prize money. Backgammon has a large tradition to be played like, chess a smaller one (I think). I ...
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Corner variation which is not in Josekipedia

$$Bcm1 $$ ------------------- $$ . . . . . . . . . | $$ . . . . . . . . . | $$ . . . . a 0 4 8 . | $$ . . . . . 1 5 6 . | $$ . . . . . . 9 7 . | $$ . . . . . . 2 . . | $$ . . . . . . . . . | $$ . . . ...
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Computer Go algorithms applied to other games?

Fairly recently, Computer Go programs became able to compete with humans using Monte-Carlo Search trees: A Monte Carlo (MC) go program plays random games and easily evaluates the terminal position ...
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Online Resources for Go Tutorials on specific topics

It is well-known that learning about Go is a never-ending process. This question is on resources that I believe to be useful in a certain stage of this learning process. In the very beginning, there ...
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Resources for learning about good shape?

Shape is immensely important in Go, and you can read about the basics anywhere - don't make empty triangles, table and mouth shapes are good, etc. Where can I find more advanced treatments of shape?
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Second line invasion of two-space extension

The two-space extension is a very common pattern and forms a base. I've found lots of material here, and here, and elsewhere on how it cannot be cut and how to defend against various invasions. ...
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How does the full-size board change the game of Go?

My Go board has two playing surfaces, one big and the other small. As a Go beginner, I have been playing on the reduced size board. I assume this is recommended because it makes games shorter, and ...