AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol: history in the making

What is Go Woman Playing Go (Tang Dynasty c. 744) Go, which translates to “encircling game” is a game whose roots and history easily rival those of chess, with written records going back to the 4th century BC. It is played on a 19 x 19 grid, with each player placing stones on the board. Black moves first, and then white, with the pieces never moving from their squares, though they can be removed if captured. The goal, as the translation of its name implies, is to have surrounded a larger total area of the board with one’s stones than the opponent by the end of the game. Korean couple, in traditional dress, play in a photograph dated between 1910 and 1920 This ultra-simplified introduction to Go is necessary to…


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