Rules of Go

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Chinese: 规则 (gui1 ze2)
Japanese: -
Korean: -

The strategic consequences of the rules of Go are generally the same worldwide, even though the text of the rules reads very differently.

If you simply want to start playing, please read Rules of go - introductory. You will find more information at Rules of Go - second tutorial.

Like many other games, playing instructions for go are rather different from a complete and consistent set of rules. Like golf or bridge, the basic thrust of the game is simple, but there are so many situations to cover that a collection of rules that does cover every one of them must seem complex or abstruse. Go is rich in unexpected situations that cannot be anticipated or analyzed except on the basis of long experience.

This page is a listing of technical rules pages on Sensei's Library. Please don't consult these pages if you are looking for tutorials. Any clear exposition of the differences between rival rules quickly becomes legalistic and confusing.

If you are looking for practical information about the end of the game, see Counting and Scoring, or just use the simpler (but old-fashioned) Stone Counting Method.

Table of contents

Rulesets

These pages contain information about rule sets, and external references to official sources and expert commentary.

Official Rulesets

Non-official Rulesets Sorted by Title

Non-official Rulesets Sorted by "Inventor Name"

Verbal Rulesets

Tournament Rules


Table

Here are two tables comparing various rule sets:

Note: these tables differ on the question of whether free placement of handicap stones is allowed in AGA rules and in Chinese rules. For discussion, see /handicap placement.


Game Play


Game End

There are also several methods to define the score (result).


Counting Methods

When played on a physical board, determining the score involves manually counting. There are different counting methods in use. Some rule sets prescribe which counting method must be used, others do not.


Links


[pl:http://wiki.go.art.pl/index.php/Regu%B3yGo]



[1] At 2008 Annual General Meeting of the British Go Association (BGA), the BGA ratified the decision to adopt the AGA Rules as the rules of the BGA.


Rules of Go last edited by RobertJasiek on November 18, 2013 - 12:04
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