Yes Go, is indeed the most ancient Game on planet earth which is still payed in its original form!
Go (traditional Chinese: 圍棋; simplified Chinese: 围棋; pinyin: wéiqí; Japanese: 囲碁; rōmaji: igo[nb 2]; Korean: 바둑; romaja: baduk; literally: “encircling game”) is a board game involving two players, that originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago. It was considered one of the four essential arts of a cultured Chinese scholar in antiquity.
Some say it needs more mind-skills than chess. It definitely has a wide appeal across the Ivy League campuses like Harvard & MIT.
There is significant strategy involved in the game, and the number of possible games is vast (10761 compared, for example, to the estimated 10120 possible in chess), despite its relatively simple rules.
The two players alternately place black and white playing pieces, called “stones”, on the vacant intersections (“points”) of a board with a 19×19 grid of lines. Beginners often play on smaller 9×9 and 13×13 boards, and archaeological evidence shows that game was played in earlier centuries on a board with a 17×17 grid.
By the time the game had spread to Korea and Japan in about the 5th and 7th centuries CE respectively, however, boards with a 19×19 grid had become standard.
The objective of the game—as the translation of its name implies—is to have surrounded a larger total area of the board with one’s stones than the opponent by the end of the game, although this result typically involves many more intricacies than simply using surrounding areas directly.
Go is the oldest game still played in its original form on this planet. Some say it needs more mind-skills than chess.
It has a wide appeal across the campuses like Harvard & MIT. Now it is coming to Indian campuses like IIT’s & NIT’s, besides other colleges.
So challenge yourself! Contact GoGameIndia.Org to start a Go Game Club in your own College.
Author Bio: S Vadwlas is a Software architect based in the US, with an American Masters in Engineering and an undergraduate degree from India. He is a contributor to the Times of India. He has completed a writer’s course at the Writers center, Bethesda in Washington DC. His upcoming book Go Clown (Get High Legally!) is a Literary Fiction Comedy set in India, America, Nepal and Thailand. The author can be reached on Twitter at @goclown_book