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The Game of Go

Go is a board game for two players that originated in Ancient China, and has been played for over three thousand years. It is known as "Weiqi" in Chinese, "Igo" or "Go" in Japanese, and "Baduk" in Korean. Thanks partly to the internet, there are now Go players around the world. Specialized servers provide people with the opportunity to play even if they do not have local go clubs.

This site is designed for beginner to intermediate amateurs (Kyus) who wish to improve their play. While some support is given to those who are completely new to the game, it is recommended that you visit these sites to get brief and well-structured starts to your Go experience:

Basic Rules of Go - Sensei's Library

The Interactive Way to Go (Javascript site)

To make full use of this, and most Go sites, you will need to have a recent version of Java. Also make sure you have your browser is not blocking javascript.

There's no reason why you can't just jump in and start playing after you learn the rules. Here are some Go servers to choose from, just follow the directions on the installation pages:

Kiseido Go Server (KGS) - Big English Speaking Community, and many willing teachers.

Internet Go Server (IGS) - Mother of all servers. Primarily Japanese.

Cyberoro - Primarily Korean server. Most frequent broadcasts of professional games. Limited English support.

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