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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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How do I effectively use a big wall?

This is from an OGS game I (white, 21k) played against a 20k, specifically my move 26. I'm not even sure about white 24, but I definitely think white 26 was a mistake (although it worked out, but only ...
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In go, is it possible to guess the opponent's strength from their play?

Context : while playing against a complete stranger that hide its rank/level. I feel like it would be possible to guess the opponent's strength by analyzing its responses to tesujis, probes, etc. ...
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Is this a correct formal heuristic for invalid moves due to Ko?

In the game of Go, there is the ko rule, which basically states that immediately recapturing a single stone is not a valid move. I am working on a Go computer program and am trying to implement the ...
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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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in Go, why does this setup make a false-eye?

I am an absolute beginner, trying to learn. Let's consider that board (from a tutorial at http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/): It's black's turn to play. The topic is to avoid a false eye at D9. According ...
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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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Advice on teaching Go to a kid

I am a 7k EGF. There is a 7 year old girl, that is a relative of my wife and lives next door. Once I managed to start her interest in Go by playing several Atari-Go games against her. I decided to ...
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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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Go: How is a “suicidal” move that captures enemy stones handled?

I am trying to get a better understanding of the basic rules of Go. Assume that black has surrounded a white group of stones which has exactly one eye (liberty) inside the group. What would happen if ...
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What is the meaning of this Joseki continuation?

In games against Leela with 7 handicap stones, Leela (white) plays the following variant of a well known joseki (knight move approach with one space pincer) $$W $$ ---------------------- $$ |............
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Trick Joseki? Shoulder hit after keima to 3-4-stone

In a game I played, the following "Joseki" occurred: I played the low keima against the 3-4-point, and Black responded with a shoulder hit. This move is not in the book by Takao Shinji. In the game ...
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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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Why choose tsuke-nobi after a double keima against hoshi?

I have been looking at §28 of 38 Basic Joseki, which deals with a double keima kakari against a stone on hoshi. I realise that this book is old and restricts itself somewhat, but I am taking it as a ...
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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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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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Good Go practices 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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Go: How to count territory in this example?

I am very new to go and therefore I have some problems to count the territories. In the following example (13x13) in my point of view black wins. But I still have some questions: Does the black ...
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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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Where can I find a database of go games with move times

I am looking for a database of 19x19 Go games (complete games) including the time spent on each move, or the global time in each move. Other aspect is that its need to be without bots or any ...
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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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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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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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How does AlphaGo calculate?

Anyone knows the algorithm of AlphaGo? I heard that it's related to neural networks. But don't know the details? So it does not find the solution to win in a deterministic way, right? I think so, ...
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Go Surrounding Rules

I'm a bit confused by the rules of surrounding. For example this board: $$ +------------------+ $$ |.......OX.........| $$ |.....XOOX.........| $$ |....XOOX..........| $$ |...,XOX..,....,...| $$ |.....
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Two space approach moves in igo

In igo, when I plan dan-level players, they often make two-space approach moves like the one shown in the figure below: I have many of the standard books on go and they generally only discuss one ...
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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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Best move for this pattern, in Go

I am the black side. It’s my turn to play. $$Bcm4 $$ +---------+ $$ |.........| $$ |.........| $$ |..X...X..| $$ |.........| $$ |....,.2..| $$ |....1Xa..| $$ |..XbOOX..| $$ |.........| $$ |.........| ...
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Building a live group on a quarter board where two sides are already black

This exercise is kind of go club folklore: Given a quarter go board where two sides are already occupied by black (and unconditionally alive), white starts playing. White wins when she is able to ...
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Is it possible to live with false eyes, only?

Sometimes, in a game of Go, we get a life where there is a false eye involved: There are two groups with a single real eye, each, but they are connected to one another via a false eye, allowing their ...
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Go - How does one count territory in these scenarios?

I'm learning to play Go (Japanese rule) however I'm still confuse how to count territory in some cases. Which side each territory belongs to? Scenario 1 $$W Scenario1 $$ -------------------- $$ | . ....
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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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What is this alternate cut after 3-3 against double keima round hoshi?

In 38 Basic Joseki, Kosugi & Davies remark in this position: $$c $$ -------------------- $$ -. . . . . . . . . . $$ -. . . . . . . . . . $$ -. . 1 . . O . . . . $$ -. . . X . a . . . X $$ -. . . ...
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Newbie go question: why can I do one move but not the other one

I am playing with SmartGo and I don’t understand one situation. I am playing as Black. $$Bcm82 $$ +---------+ $$ |O.O.OX.X.| $$ |OOOOOXXXX| $$ |.OXXOXXO.| $$ |OOOXXXXXX| $$ |COOOOOXXX| $$ |2XO.OOOX.|...
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Talking about Go: Using “he” and “she” for Black and White

It comes quite handy to assign different genders to the two abstract players "Black" and "White" and than use gendered personal pronouns in order to refer to them. But who should be male, and who ...
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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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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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Who has these intersections?

I am a beginner at go and we couldn't resolve this situation with my opponent. Neither of us want to play to these liberties because whoever plays loses their stones. Whose are these two intersections ...
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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 for ...
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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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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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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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Is this double ko played reasonably by AlphaGo Zero and AlphaGo Lee?

In the 8th game of the series1 between AlphaGo Zero and AlphaGo Lee the following position with a double ko at {A,C}×{13,14} arises: On the next move AlphaGo Lee (Black) plays the double ko exchange ...
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How does White survive in this corner?

This is from a game between two high-ranking professionals I saw on TV. Hopefully I copied it right. There doesn't quite seem to be enough from after W1. Let me show you [1]: $$Wc $$ . . . . . . . ...
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Examples of steady play in Go games?

I am looking for examples of professional Go games where one of the pros played solid, steady moves that were initially considered slow by the commentators, but eventually won him/her the game. My ...
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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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Is there a site to play Go online against a computer, in 2018? [duplicate]

Apparently there's an old question Is there a site to play Go online against a computer? already but that's in 2014. As we know AlphaGo/Master/Zero permanently changed the Go world, and many AI are ...
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How to run strong Go (baduk) playing program locally?

There are some strong bot-players on KGS (from 4d to 2K). I saw pachi, ayamc and even gnugo having dan ranks on KGS. I wonder how to run such a strong bots offline. I tried gnugo and aya, both ...
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Go, MahJong, and Chess. Together? [closed]

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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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 ...