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Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day.[1][2] A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia.[3]

The playing pieces are called stones. One player uses the white stones and the other, black. The players take turns placing the stones on the vacant intersections ("points") of a board. Once placed on the board, stones may not be moved, but stones are removed from the board if the stone (or group of stones) is surrounded by opposing stones on all orthogonally-adjacent points, in which case the stone is "captured".[4] The game proceeds until neither player wishes to make another move. When a game concludes, the winner is determined by counting each player's surrounded territory along with captured stones and komi (points added to the score of the player with the white stones as compensation for playing second).[5] Games may also be terminated by resignation.

The standard Go board has a 1919 grid of lines, containing 361 points. Beginners often play on smaller 99 and 1313 boards,[6] and archaeological evidence shows that the game was played in earlier centuries on a board with a 1717 grid. However, boards with a 1919 grid had become standard by the time the game reached Korea in the 5th century CE and later Japan in the 7th century CE.[7]

Go was considered one of the four essential arts of the cultured aristocratic Chinese scholars in antiquity. The earliest written reference to the game is generally recognized as the historical annal Zuo Zhuan[8][9] (c. 4th century BC).[10]

Despite its relatively simple rules, Go is very complex. Compared to chess, Go has both a larger board with more scope for play and longer games, and, on average, many more alternatives to consider per move. The number of legal board positions in Go has been calculated to be approximately 2 10170,[11][a] which is vastly greater than the number of atoms in the known, observable universe, estimated to be about 1080.[13]

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Yesterday I broke quarantine and went to Chinatown in Philly to get a Wei Qi (aka Go) set. The picture is the instruction sheet for it, which was one of the objectives - to give myself a modern Chinese vocabulary exercise. I also had kept running into references to this game and it sounded interesting.

I also wanted to see the pandemic up close and personal. I got into it right away with the Septa usher who thought I was his golden opportunity to badger about wearing a mask, a Septa and Philly "law". It was quite an adventure and I figure I maybe should quarantine now. Or maybe I've already got the Wuhan, who knows. It gives me hope for the poor children though who won't be let back in school.

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