Go, the Ultimate Board Game

Go has both the distinction of possibly being the oldest board game known to man, and also the most horribly overlooked game in western countries. Living in the U.S., it is rare to find someone who has even heard of the game, much less played it, much less learned to play it reasonably well.

Fortunately, the internet is helping to rectify this problem.

Go is beautiful in its purity, its aesthetics, and its boundless mysteries. I believe it outclasses chess in both scope and depth, while sporting even simpler rules. It is a game which constantly provides the dedicated player with new delights at every level of play.

Go also differs from chess in the attitude surrounding it. There is no question, chess is a competition. Go players, though, tend to treat the game as somewhat of a cooperative effort. Certainly winning has its charms, but many go players are more interested in playing enlightening games, from which both players can learn.

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