The grid of a real-life go board isn't square but rectangular (about 8% longer than wide). This compensates for foreshortening when you look at the board.
Dots at the nine star points, or hoshi, help the players orient themselves, and mark the location for handicap stones. The center start point is called tengen in Japanese, tianyuan in Chinese, or chunweon in Korean.
Some wonderful pictures at http://www.goban.co.jp/koutei.htm show the traditional art of these boards' construction.
- Making a traditional goban video
- Applying the lines
- Carving the "gardenia" legs
- Various finished Gobans
- A special home made goban
- Another home made goban with how to
- Balancing a Warped Goban
Although the term goban is generally recognized and used by Western players, many English speakers avoid it, preferring instead the native English go board, or simply board. Goban is widely used, however, in other languages, including French and Dutch, which may not have such convenient native terms.
Some people use goban, incorrectly, to refer specifically to a Japanese go board with legs. (In Japanese the word indicates a go board of any shape or form.)
- What is Go
- Types of Go Boards
- Go Terms Used for Go Equipment
- Board Geography (lists the names of points and areas on the go board)
- Different sized boards
- Material Goban
- Unusual gobans
- Goban Self Made
- Equipment dimensions
- Named points
- Making your own equipment