Top Ten Good Things About the Strategy Game "Go"

Go as a board game is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and I'm a big fan of it. It's mostly played in East Asia, but I'm sure its fame will spread too all corners of the world in the coming future and can become a big competitor for chess.

The Top Ten

1 It's really intense

Go as a game looks very simple at first look, but the game-play is really intense here, possibly more than that of even chess. You can make a comeback at any time, and at the same time you can feel very helpless. If someone much stronger than you plays with you, it's highly probable that you will resign most of the time before even completing the game. - Kiteretsunu

2 It has no DRAWs

There is always a winner in the game of Go. No tie can take place, whatsoever. And yeah, it is played by only two people like chess (it's a board game). - Kiteretsunu

3 It requires lots of concentration

A simple tiny mistake can cost you dearly in the game of Go. Losing even a little concentration means losing the whole game. - Kiteretsunu

4 Constant thinking and strategy making

You have to constantly think of various strategies that can counter your opponent's ones, so that you can make a free path for yourself for making your own territory. - Kiteretsunu

5 Go cannot be mastered by computer AI

The highest level AI used in a good chess computer program can give a huge competition to world's top chess players, and even can defeat them. But the closest a Go AI has ever reached in this respect is defeating a college grade amateur kid. It still can't defeat a professional. - Kiteretsunu

6 There is more than 10^360 ways of playing a Go Game which is more than the number of atoms present in the whole Universe
7 Go tests your IQ skills

If I'm not mistaken, Mao Zedong made his generals learn to play it. - DieGedankenSindFrei

Like Chess, it checks your brain skills, as it is a strategy game. - Kiteretsunu

8 Go, though complex in play, has very simple rules

Yeah, you can know it for yourself if you check it out on the internet. - Kiteretsunu

9 Go is an Ancient game

Go was arguably invented at few hundreds because, at China. It then spread to whole of East Asia and became really popular in Japan during 500 AD. - Kiteretsunu

10 Go has its own anime

If you want to know about the emotional aspects of Go, you can check out the Anime Hikaru no Go (Hikaru's Go). The whole anime solely focuses on the game of Go, and trust me, the anime as a whole has a very good story. You don't need to have the prior knowledge about Go to see it. But it will definitely teach you about Go as you progress with it. - Kiteretsunu

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