Board Game Go – Quality Bamboo Go Game Set

September 18, 2016 - Comment

The board game Go is an ancient Chinese game that is complex but still easy to learn. This quality bamboo Go game set has everything that you need to get going in style right away. Read on for more information on this great game that will become the go-to activity for competition and fun for

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The board game Go is an ancient Chinese game that is complex but still easy to learn. This quality bamboo Go game set has everything that you need to get going in style right away. Read on for more information on this great game that will become the go-to activity for competition and fun for your family and friends. 

To most western players, the game of Go is an enigma. Invented in China 4,000 years ago, it has no proper analogue in the West. It’s like chess, but endlessly more complex. Focused more upon territory control and less about capturing the opponent’s pieces, there are between 150-250 valid moves a player could make on any turn. For chess, this number never climbs above 37. It is said there have never been two identical games of Go, and until March 2016 when AlphaGo soundly defeated Korea’s Lee Sedol 4-1, there had not existed a computer program that could reliably beat Go experts–let alone the masters.

Elegant Simplicity
Despite this, Go is surprisingly easy to learn. There are only two rules: 1. Every piece that remains on the board must have at least one open point (called a “liberty”) directly next to it, and 2. Players are not allowed to make a move that would return the game to a previous position.

Good to Go
Unlike many listings for separate boards, bowls and stones, this complete set includes a matching goban (board) and go-ke (bowls) with a beautiful dark wash, as well as a full complement of 180 white and 181 black go-ishi (stones). Single-convex in the traditional Chinese style, these go-ishi are made from bakelite, have a good weight, and, when placed, make a satisfying clack.

Traditionally, Go boards are not a perfect square, but slightly oblong, which thanks to foreshortening creates for players the visual effect of a perfect square. This is a solid 47x44cm table board with the standard 2cm thickness and great heft. Better yet, it’s reversible: the top side features the time-tested 19×19 board layout, and the underside features a beginner-friendly 13×13 layout for quicker, simpler play.

The Go Board Game Makes A Great Gift For Any Occasion 

Product Features of this Bamboo Go Board Game

  • Originating 4,000 years ago, Go is one of the most complex games in the world
  • Traditional 47x44cm oblong table board, 2cm thick, made with pressed, natural bamboo
  • • Reversible: Standard 19×19 playing field on the top, 13×13 beginner’s board on the bottom
  • Two bamboo bowls hold the included 361 single-convex bakelite stones (180 white, 181 black)
  • Quality: Matching, dark wash wood stain; deep, engraved lines; total product weight over 11 pounds

Get your family off those computers for a little while with this fun and challenging board game. Learning the Go Board game is easily done, but beating your opponent is not so easy. Your family will love this Ancient Chinese Board Game.

Comments

Laurentiu Cristofor says:

Excellent board, nice stones, functional bowls There are three main components here: board, stones, and bowls. They all come packaged in a general purpose brown box with little padding. The bowls are supposed to be kept in place by a cardboard frame, but in practice they were sliding all around when I received this item. No damage happened due to this, but this also means that you don’t get a nice box for storing these components. 

Miriam Greco says:

I really like this set I really like this set. For the price it is excellent. I do have a few minor gripes though. The description said the board was reversible with a 13 x 13 go grid on the back. However, mine came with a Xiangqi board on the back. I don’t really care, but a beginner would most likely be disappointed not having another go board. Overall, it is a good quality item. The stones are quite nice and good for the price and the bowls look good and serve their purpose. The board itself is good quality and seems to be able to last a long time. Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.

JJ says:

Received a 13×13 Go board on the reverse side, nice board, dirty stones, missing 3 black stones, ok packaging 1) I received a 13×13 Go board on the reverse side, instead of the Xiangqi board on the reverse as per item description and various reviews. This is not a bad thing for me, since I actually wanted a 13×13 Go board on the reverse side, so I’m happy about this “mistake”. See the attached label on the product box that clearly states that this is a “Reversible Bamboo board: 19×19 & 13×13″2) I’ve seen reviews complaining about the packaging of the stones not being secured. I think they’ve improved the packaging and secured the stones with styrofoam.3) I’ve 3 missing black stones (178 instead of 181). The stones, especially the black ones, are very dirty. Expect to give them all a good rinse and dry them before use.Overall, it’s a nice board for the price. I hope they can clarify once and for all that this comes with a 13×13 board on the reverse instead of the Xiangqi board.

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