What is Go?

Go Board

Go is a fascinating board game that originated in China more than 4,000 years ago. Also known as baduk (Korean), wei ch’i (Chinese) and igo (Japanese), it is played today by millions of people, including thousands in the United States.

In Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan, it is far more popular than chess is in the West, and professional players compete for large cash prizes. Its popularity in this country continues to grow, more than fifty years after the founding of the American Go Association.

Go is a conversation between two players, each one creating a new puzzle for their opponent on each move.

Some have said as you get stronger:

"Go is journey of self-discovery."

"Life is a metaphor for Go."

However, one can learn how to play quickly and get stronger by following a number of practices.