Learning to play Go: Life and death

We just learned how one’s stones can be surrounded and ‘killed’. Forgive the somewhat agressive language but in times go can become an aggressive game. The most inportant rule to remember is that every stone or groups of stones which are in ATARI (who have only one liberty left) can get killed in one move by the other player.

The reason why you need to know this is the following:

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 In the first case of A, we have a group of black stones which are not in immediate danger of being caught. A white move at A is not even allowed that’s how crazy it is. This is because if white would put a stone there then his stone would be on the board with no liberties… which means it would be dead straight away. This point in a formation where the other player is not allowed to play is called an EYE. Continue reading

Learning to play go: Territory

After learning that go is (mostly) a two player game, where one player uses the black stones and the other player white ones, then you are ready to learn the existence of territory. This is a very important concept because the winner of the game is the person who has managed to surround the most territory. Here are 3 examples of territories:

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Here are three examples of how one can close of his territory. A is for the corners, B is for the side and C is for the center. Continue reading