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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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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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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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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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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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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Do professional-level Go players memorize a list of endgame positions as part of their training?

As in this question there were two questions, I extract the second question here.
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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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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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What rules are used in international events

What rules are used during international events like the recent Samsung Cup?
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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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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 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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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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Strategy for studying professional games?

I recently took A. Dinershtein's Go style test. It was useful to me, as the test is aimed at finding professional players who might think the way you do, for study purposes. It has definitely worked ...
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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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Game from 1978: Why does this fuseki position favor black?

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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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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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Are professional ranks representative for how many stones of handicap players can give each other?

It was mentioned elsewhere that a 9p could not give 7 stones to a 2p. I have no databases available and wondered if this is correct. Bonus: If they aren't representative, why not? And is there a ...
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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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Why is this corner enclosure considered to be safe against 3-3 invasion?

I have read somewhere, but unfortunately forgot where that the following enclosure is safe against the invasion at a. $$ White invades at 'a' and supposedly dies. $$ --------- $$ -........ $$ ...
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At what level should one try to teach go?

I am now at a level where I don't consider myself to be a complete beginner, and I can now recognise at least some of the mistakes made by lower level kyu players. I would like to help other people ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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How to play teaching game and give a useful review

I've reached a rank where I'd like to start and help weaker players improve their games. How can I make a review useful for the opponent? Should I go deep into variations Talk about theory? Should ...
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How do ranks work in Go?

One of the most commonly asked questions of beginners. How do ranks work in Go? Why do we start backwards? And why do we suddenly count upwards again? What is the difference between 9d and 9p? How is ...
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Where can I find a good Joseki database?

I've been wondering about certain positions that arise often. To help me understand them, I would like to study the joseki moves. Since printed joseki dictionaries are out-dated very fast, I'd prefer ...
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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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Is there a site to solve tsumego online?

I'd like to solve tsumego online, not having to install a program or app locally. Are there any sites that allow this? How about for smartphones?
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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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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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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 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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What is a good way to get used to counting points?

Being able to count is important - in the end, it's about the points. Does anyone have any tips to get used to counting during a game, little things that can speed it up or make it a little less ...
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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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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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Go, MahJong, and Chess. Together?

Do you think these games have enough in common to start a serious, competitive club focusing around them? There's definitely enough between Go and Chess, but what about MahJong? I know there is plenty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?