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 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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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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Where to play Go online? [closed]

I used to play regularly on KGS but have been inactive for several years. I am frustrated by the Catch-22 of the KGS system: in order to play rated games, you must have a solid rating. Solid ratings ...
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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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What is a good strategy for engaging children in playing go?

For children what is the youngest age that it makes sense to begin to teach them go? Is it best to start them on a 9x9 board? Will a child that has learned basic algebra be better suited to learn go ...
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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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What is a good opening for Go on a 13x13 board?

I have been playing a lot of Go recently at lunch but we are playing on a 13x13 board instead of a 19x19. I can't seem to ever win! I am beginning to think that my opening is leaving me in a bad ...
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In Go, Why are “High Point” Openings Seldom Seen in Modern Play?

I'm talking about opening with the "high point" of a "shimari, such as the 3-5 or 4-5 point. The disadvantage is that it allows the opponent to enter near the corner, such as the corresponding 3-4 ...
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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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Is there an equivalent of Deep Blue in the Go world?

Deep Blue was a chess-playing computer developed by IBM. On May 11, 1997, the machine won a six-game match by two wins to one with three draws against world champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov accused ...
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What are the main results in game theory regarding Go?

What are the main mathematical results concerning Go? Go is a game with simple rules and big game complexity. It is inefficient to apply primitive chess AI methods (such as position brute force and ...
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Is playing on a 9x9 board a solved problem?

I would think that on a 9x9 board, the number of possible moves is small enough that computers could exhaustively search all possible permutations and compute a line of play that always wins by moving ...
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Why are Chinese stones half-convex?

Unlike regular ishi that come in full-convex shape, Chinese stones are flat on one side. I found those stones difficult to work with, as they are not easy to pick up from the board. Granted, they lay ...
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What are the difference between Chinese and Japanese rules in Go?

What are the differences? And do these differences influence strategy?
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How many points are won/lost during this exchange?

$$ six=two $$ -.a..... $$ -....... $$ -...OOOO $$ -4....XO $$ -1OOOOOX $$ -XOXXO.X $$ -2X5.XX. $$ -3...... $$ -------- White territory around a is safe. Move 2 and 4 can be swapped for identical ...
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Why are stones placed with index and middle finger?

I have read that stones should be picked out of the bowl and placed on the board by pinching them between the tips of the index and middle finger. This seems to be a long-standing tradition. Is this ...
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How to protect a large piece of side territory

I've played several games where I have gained a good chunk of side territory, but lost it due to invasion by the other player. Below is an example, ignore the placement outside of the area black ...
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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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How far can you safely extend from your own wall?

When extending into what is basically open territory, how far can you extend to increase your influence/moyo, without inviting an invasion?
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What do you recommend to learn Go?

I am a beginner at this great game, and I would like to improve my skills at the game of Go. What resources would you recommend?
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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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What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones?

Thickness in Go describes a strong formation of stones. A heavy group is one that's over-concentrated. How do I know when my stones are thick, without going too far and becoming heavy? It seems ...
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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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How do I properly place handicap stones?

Handicap games are very common in Go. The weaker player, taking black, gets to place (usually) up to 9 stones on the board, depending on the difference in skill. Both free and fixed placement are ...
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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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Where can I watch recorded Go games from Masters?

I think I can learn more if I see what people some kyu above me do. I'm aware of a related question, but I think, this one is more specific and might diverge.
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Deviation of 3-3 invasion - how to live/kill?

I know the following is joseki for an approach of the 4-4 stone followed by a 3/3 invasion... $$cm1 A normal 3/3 invasion joseki (incomplete) $$ +---------------------------------------+ $$ | . . . . ...
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A reference of practical tsumego?

There are insanely many tsumego in existence, but many of them are very artificial and would never occur in real games. While any tsumego helps to improve, specifically learning shapes likely to be ...
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Komoku-Oogeima joseki order variation

In a game my opponent derived from the joseki line I was familiar with. $$W Actual game $$ ------------ $$ -........... $$ -.94........ $$ -.5128O..... $$ -..X36...0,. $$ -...7....... $$ -........... ...
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Where can I learn the lingo of Go?

I'm only a beginner at Go, but have been reading the questions in the go tag with interest. However, this game seems to have rather more special terminology than most. What do joseki, shimari, ...
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What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?

When the difference in rank is one stone the weaker player takes black and the komi is 0.5 for white (sometimes called "no komi" even though that's not technically correct). From then on add one ...
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What is this game that's similar to Go?

I always thought that Go was played by trying to place 5 of your pieces in a row while blocking your opponent from doing so, but I just recently looked up the rules, and it's completely different. Is ...
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Chess (and variations) Endgame Complexity

My understanding is that the game of Go with Japanese Ko rules is, like most such games, EXPTIME-Complete, but that ladders are PSPACE-Complete and that Go endgames have been analyzed independently as ...
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How can I create that sharp, intense sound when placing a stone?

No matter the material (board, stones) being used, pros are able to create a very sharp, loud, intense and beautiful sound when placing a stone (which immediately sits perfectly placed on its ...
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What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?

A Western insei recently wondered about the term "karai": Japanese players call black 57 "karai", which is a term which I haven't heard used in western go at all! The meaning appears to be ...
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Do we have Go endgame tablebases, just like Chess?

I am a relative newcomer to Go and more interested in the programming aspects of designing a Go Engine. Do Go engines use a systematic list of Endgame positions with known wins, the way chess ...
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What rules are used in international events

What rules are used during international events like the recent Samsung Cup?
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Game from 1978: Why does this fuseki position favor black?

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Honinbo 1970, match 1: Why does white need to play toward the edge here?

People may remember this game from Strategtic Concepts of Go by Nagahara. $$ --------------------------------------- $$|. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .| $$|. . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...
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What is the best way to respond to this pincer joseki deviation?

Every now and again when I approach a corner, opponent plays 1-space pincer and I jump out, my opponent immediately peeps. This seems like aji keshi and bad shape, but I've been stumped as to how to ...
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Understanding influence and using it properly

I'm an amateur player, mostly-self taught with some help on KGS by a few awesome people. I think I now know my way around the board, and am not a complete plonker anymore, just a regular plonker :) ...
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What is the difference between thickness and heavy or over-concentrated stones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones? Many beginners and even advanced players have difficulties telling apart thick from heavy or over-concentrated ...
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What is the Chinese-language equivalent of gobase (main resource for SGF files)?

I would find it hard to believe if someone tried to tell me that there was not such a website, and that people in China relied on gobase. Isn't there a Chinese-language resource for SGF files?
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How to handle handicap as white?

I found it very difficult to handle handicap when my opponent is given 6 or more stones. I don't really like to force something complex when I know it could be severely punished. The good way to ...
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Tsumego only solvable under NZ rules?

The most significant difference between the New Zealand rules and the other rules for Go is that suicide is not forbidden. In most cases, the only time this can come in handy is that you can suicide ...
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Why did black avoid the straightforward capture here?

The following position is from a 1998 China-Japan friendship match, described in Shuko's book The Only Move by Hinoki Press. $$Bcm31 Why B33? $$ --------------------------------------- $$ | . . . . . ...
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Why is the 19x19 board so much more common than other sizes?

While there are probably some cultural reasons, are there any general reasons a 19x19 board may be preferred? Also, if, say, 21x21 was suddenly found to be in some way superior and a large number of ...
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Why are the boards not square?

I noticed gobans are not square, but rectangular. Why is that, and what is the correct orientation of the board when playing?