Difficulty: Introductory   Keywords: Go term

Chinese: 黑 (hei1)
Japanese: 黑 (kuro)
Korean: 흑 (hŭk)

Black is one of the two colors used to play the game of Go; the other is white.


numbered move, stone, marked stones

Black's role in the game

  • plays first
  • takes handicap if necessary
  • at most as strong as White
  • addressed as "B" or "Black" or "she" or "he" in reviews [1]
  • moves on odd numbers in even games (Black playing first, even passing is considered a move)

Characteristics of black stones

  • made of slate or jade (better quality, expensive), glass (common), plastic (poor quality, cheap), or pixels (computer Go, online Go)
  • Black numbers 181 stones in some rulesets, an indefinite number in others.
  • Between 6mm and 10mm thick according to another page on SL
  • Slightly larger than White to make up for an optical illusion

See also

[1]: see also Player Gender

Black last edited by on September 3, 2018 - 13:25
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