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  •  poor GOP, chess is only played between moves of Go (31+ / 0-)

    The Master of Go is a novel by the Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, first published in serial form in 1951.

    It is a semi-fictional chronicle of the lengthy 1938 "retirement game" of Go by the respected master Honinbo Shūsai, against the up-and-coming player Minoru Kitani (although the latter's name is changed to Otaké in the book). It was the last game of the master Shūsai's career, a lengthy struggle which took almost six months to complete; he narrowly lost to his younger challenger, to die a little over a year thereafter.

    The game, as actually played in real life, lasted 237 moves, and is documented in the book by means of diagrams. Kitani Minoru, playing Black, won by 5 points

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    by annieli on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 01:54:42 PM PDT

    •  I used to play Go with my first husband and got (4+ / 0-)
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      so frustrated when losing I would toss the board over. It should have been him I tossed over much earlier!

      It's a great game as I recall some 40 years later!

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      by Gorette on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:34:58 PM PDT

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    •  the strategy game of the Vietnam War (0+ / 0-)

      at least that's what my left-wing professor said at the time: The National Liberation Front and North Vietnamese were playing Go, capturing territory that wasn't necessarily contiguous. The US was playing the only game it knew, tackle football.

      A bunch of skilled Go players can wreak havoc on a football game.

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