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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:08 pm    Post subject: Go!

Anyone familiar with the game Go? It's a board game that developed out of connect 5 in India, and then Chess, and Chinese Checkers, and all those other games developed out of it.

There's some pretty interesting things surrounding it, I thought you guys might find it interesting.

The number of possible games on a Go board exceeds the estimated number of neutrons in the known universe. So, it's speculated that no two Go games have ever been identical.

Also, interesting psychology note. There's a ranking system in the game that starts with what is called Kyu, and then goes to what is called Dan(Dawn). It starts with 30Kyu being the lowest, then goes down to 1Kyu, and then starts from 1Dan up to 8Dan. Interesting thing here is that between 30 and 17Kyu you only use the language portions of your brain to understand the board, and after that you switch to primarilly using the spacial centers of your brain until a certain area of rank where you combine both areas. So it's remarked that Go, eventually, will cause you to use the entirety of your brain to think out situations on the board.

Anyone who has seen the movie Pi/3.14 or A Beautiful Mind has seen Go before. There's a good quote about Go in Pi that says something to the effect of; The ancient Japanese considered the Go board to be the perfect model of the universe. At first glance it may seem structured and ordered, but it actually represents endless systems of chaos because of it's infinite possibility. As the board is filled those systems become less and less until numerous patterns underlying the formations of the stones and their relationship to the board, and each other, appear.

So yeah, just checking if anyone played or was interested in learning.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:53 am    Post subject:

I know about Go and I don't play it, although similar game called "Jews" (I didn't invent the name) was very popular on high school.

We were told in AI class, that while champions of Othello (Reversi) refuse to play with a computer, because it is too good, champions of Go refuse to play with computer simply because it's too dumb Laughing
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