General information of the game Go

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On this page, you can learn the general information of the game including how to win, size of the board etc.

Territory game

You can win the game if you make a bigger territory than that of your opponent.

Basic rules

  • Start from the player with black stones. More details here.
  • You can place a stone on the board when your turn comes.
  • A stone needs to be placed on an intersection. (although a chess piece is placed in a section.)
  • You will win if your territory is bigger than your opponent’s in the end. (although you can win a chess match if you catch the king of the opponent.)

The size of the board

The proper size of the board is 19 × 19. See below. There are smaller boards for beginners and people who want to play it quickly as it would take at least around 30 minutes if you play on a 19 × 19 board: They are 13 × 13, 9 × 9, 6 × 6.

A 4 × 4 board is rare but you can have it for infants.

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