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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. To add a board diagram to a post, see instructions in the tag-wiki.

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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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What do you recommend to learn Go? [closed]

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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Is there a site to play Go online against a computer?

There are many go servers but all of them seem to be for player-player games. I want to play online against a computer. I found some but it is not an actual go. I was not able to find a real go brain ...
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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 is “looking for a place to resign” in go?

In a number of commentaries on professional games I have read that one of the players was “looking for a place to resign”. My impression was that this meant that they considered the game lost, and ...
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How do ranks work in amateur Go?

One of the most commonly asked questions of beginners. How do ranks work in Go for amateurs? Why do we start backwards? And why do we suddenly count upwards again? What is the difference between 9d ...
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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 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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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 I ...
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How does the full-size board change the game of Go?

My Go board has two playing surfaces, one big and the other small. As a Go beginner, I have been playing on the reduced size board. I assume this is recommended because it makes games shorter, and ...
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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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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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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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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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Using the edges of the board in Go

So I have another question about counting territory. $$ --------------------- $$ | . . . . . O w w w | $$ | . . . . . O w w w | $$ | . . . . . . O O O | $$ | . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . ...
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Who won this match of Go?

Me and my girlfriend tried playing our first game of Go last night, but we're not sure we understood the rules so we can't determine who won this. Can you understand or maybe mark this so that we ...
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Why is this tsumego solution wrong?

I'm trying to understand why my solution to this tsumego is incorrect. It's "Basic problem #26" from Tsumego Pro and looks like this: $$ ---------------------------- $$ . . . . . . . . X . O X . . | $...
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Do Go players play to minimize score difference after realizing they cannot win?

I would expect that players might opt for a strategy with a higher chance of winning despite having a greater chance of losing by a greater point difference. But after they see that they will lose, do ...
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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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How do I chose invasion or reduction points?

I have the following board: $$cm1 $$ +---------------------------------------+ $$ | . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . . . O . . . . . . . . . . | $$ | . . . . . . . O O . X . . ...
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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 ...
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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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Mistake on Josekipedia after probe & invasion on keima shimari?

I have found a possible problem in this joseki, see josekipedia: http://www.josekipedia.com/#path:qdttocrdreqcpdpbrcrbsdobnbncmcndmbpcodsb They comment this white's move as "Makes life". But it ...
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Oiling fake Yunzi stones [closed]

I bought some "yunzi" stones that came in straw bowls, but they aren't translucent at all. They are fully opaque. Considering the price paid (around 35 dollars, I bought it in Brazil), I think that ...
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Trying to understand KGS ranking system: why did my rank drop?

I really don't understand what's going on in the GoKGS ranking system and why did my rank dropped in Decemeber. Look at my December game list. I was ranked as "13k?". Then I played an even game with ...