About Go

What is Go?

Go is game for two people, and is played with black and white pieces (called stones) on a square grid board. The idea is to surround part of the board as your territory. If your territory is bigger than the other person's, then you win!

Go was invented in China a long time ago. The game is thought to be more than 3,000 years old - it may be the oldest board game which is still being played today. In China, Korea and Japan there are about 30 million people who play Go, including several hundred professional players. In Korea, there's even a TV channel which just has programmes about Go!

It is only in the last hundred years that people in this country have started playing Go. Most big towns now have a Go club, there are regular tournaments, and the game is becoming more popular all the time. Lots of people play Go on the Internet. The rules are quite easy - it only takes about fifteen minutes to learn to play. It's quite different from any other game - try it and we think you will enjoy it!

If you want to learn to play now, read the rules in a simple cartoon format.

You can also play Capture Go, a simplified form of Go, against a computer opponent. Note, this page contains a Java Applet

For some more information about Go, see this Introduction to Go.

What is the British Go Association?

We organise Go in the United Kingdom. As well as being involved with organising and coordinating Go tournaments, we keep ranking lists for junior and adult players, and issue diplomas for dan players. Every year, we organise a British Championship and the British Youth Championships. Also there is the popular UK Go Challenge for schools and young players.

If you want to join us, go to this membership page. You can join at any time of the year and get a full 12 months' membership. We think it is very good value! Amongst other things you will get:

  • Your own copy of the British Go Journal every 3 months
  • Access to our news/members' area
  • The opportunity to buy Go books & equipment at a discount to the normal price
  • Reduced price entry to most Go tournaments

Student rate is especially cheap as you get an electronic journal; Youth rate gets a paper copy.

There is a lot more information about us and Go generally, on our website.

Last updated Mon May 08 2017. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.