Simple yet subtle, go is a board game that represents an exciting amusement for thousands of players throughout the world.
The game originated in China thousands of years ago and is one of the 4 Asian sacred arts. In Japan, people have been playing go for more than 1,200 years, but it has only recently spread to the West, where it now has a solid reputation.
The purpose of the game is to constitute territories, using a very simple equipment: a board called goban, with a grid and vacant intersections, on which black (kuro) and white (shiro) stones must be placed at turns. Each “stone” represents a soldier, and the encircled soldiers become prisoners. The rules are easy to understand in just a few minutes, and allow the beginners to rapidly start exciting and unpredictable games.
Members of the go French federation are at the festival to show everyone that beyond the apparent simplicity of the game, which is what makes it so accessible to any beginner, go is a game with an inexhaustible richness.
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