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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.


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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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