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Most of these games (running, jumping, chariot racing, fencing, javelin throwing etc.) were based on skills useful in war. In fact, many considered these games a "civilized" form of war that allowed for the release of hostilities, without having the real thing.
The following book has information on the origins and history of Go, as well as describing how to play it and explaining some strategy: https://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Game-Peter-Shotwell/dp/080483475X
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