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 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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In Go, what is the Superko rule, and is it used universally?

What is the Superko rule in Go? Is it used in most scoring/online systems, or only in certain ones?
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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 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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How do I chose invasion or reduction points?

I have the following board: $$cm1 $$ +---------------------------------------+ $$ | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . . . O . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . . O O . X . . ...
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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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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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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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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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Recording Go games and importing into software

In chess, algebraic notation is the standard for recording games and Portable Game Notation (PGN) is a format for importing games (notation plus metadata) into chess software or even forums. The Go ...
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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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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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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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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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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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By how many points did alphago win against Lee Se-dol?

Today, the computer program AlphaGo from Google won against the Go world champion Lee Sedol. I read that it won by resignation. If I understand correctly, it means that Lee realized he could not win ...
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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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Do bridge champions retain their abilities to a later age than those of chess or go?

My understanding is that bridge champions can continue winning tournaments into their sixties, and even later in life. On the other hand, chess champions often seem to lose their crowns in their ...
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Annotated 9x9 Go Games

I've recently started playing Go and I would like to study some annotated 9x9 games, but can't seem to find anything. Does anyone know where I could find such games? If it's free that would be even ...
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Is studying tactics for Go useless?

There are plenty of chess tactics trainers online, to improve your chess skills, but I cannot find a single one for go. Is studying tactics useless for go?
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How does one set up a 1/4 board for Go – and is it a good way to start?

As a beginner, I was handed a full go board. And, somehow figured it out. A beginner friend wants to start "small" on something like 1/4 of the board. Personally, I think that we should start with ...
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Why are Elo ratings for go higher than for chess?

If we compare Elo(-like) ratings in chess and in go, we see that the highest ratings published for go (3621 for Ke Jie as of 2016-03-13 at goratings.org) are higher than those in chess (2851 for ...
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End game deciding on dead stones

In a game of Go, we were in a strange position. If my opponent moved at one point to put my pieces in atari, his pieces would get taken. If I moved at that same point my pieces would’ve been taken. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Counting a surrounded non-alive carpenter's square

I was playing against Crazy Stone and we ended up with (essentially) this corner situation: $$W $$ ------------- $$ | . . 5 X O . $$ | 4 1 3 X O . $$ | . 2 , X O . $$ | X X X X O . $$ | O O O O O . $$...
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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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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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Ranking of Go Software

Where could I find information about the level of Go playing software? In particular, I am looking for commercial software. Ideally, I'd like to find a live ranking, as obviously this field is ...
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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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How/where can I get comments from strong players on my gameplay?

I'd like to get advice from strong go players - let's say amateur 6D+ or pros. What are my options for getting that advice? I am not necessarily looking for full game reviews, rather comments on one ...
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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 to evaluate this board situation under Japanese or European rules

In a game, the following board position remained after both parties passed: $$ ----------- $$ .XO.X.X.OX. $$ .XO.....OX. $$ .XOOOOOOOX. $$ .XXXXXXXXX. $$ ........... In the post game analysis it ...
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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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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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What is the actual world ranking of Fan Hui

I've read somewhere that Fan Hui was ranked between 600th and 700th world Baduk player. Knowing he's 2P whereas some players are up to 9P, it seems reasonable to me. Is there any official and ...
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Is this a correct way to count territory in Go (by Chinese rules)?

I am not sure if I misunderstood the territory counting rules of Go or simply I ran into a software bug. One of the Go programs I use counts territories like this. Would you explain me please why B6, ...
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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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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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Can black win in this Go situation?

Can black win here with or without this move? Or is in every way dead?
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Practicing Go for a beginner

I am looking to learn Go. I learned the rules a few years back, but there is a mindset that the game rewards. I want to try to capture that mindset. I have read many Go books, but they are static. ...
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Are shell and slate go stones fragile?

I'm looking to buy a set of fine (but not luxurious) go equipment (board, stones, and bowls). I have a cheap set of glass stones with a blue plastic sheet "board". Unfortunately my home's floor is ...
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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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What is the origins and evolutionary track of Go game?

I didn't find any source explaining the "origins" or "evolution", rather than just history of Go. Book and article suggestions would also be helpful.
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What is the easiest way to play DarkForest, probably the strongest publicly available go AI?

The strongest publicly available go AI is probably this: https://github.com/facebookresearch/darkforestGo, since there is currently no way to play AlphaGo. Is there any way to play this without ...