Many of you have never heard of the ancient game of GO, where the goal is to surround more territory than the opponent, (less the number of captured stones). It’s difficult to explain how simple it is to grasp the basics, and how difficult it is to become a master of the game. Please visit and support The American GO Association!
Go play has a practical use in everyday life! (After learning the rules, the very first thing one must grasp in GO is the concept of Life and Death in the game. How’s that for a metaphor of our existence?
I want to quote Wikipedia here, because it is written succinctly:
“The game emphasizes the importance of balance on multiple levels and has internal tensions. […]
It has been claimed that Go is the most complex game in the world due to its vast number of variations in individual games. Its large board and lack of restrictions allow great scope in strategy and expression of players’ individuality. . […]
The game complexity of Go is such that describing even elementary strategy fills many introductory books. In fact, numerical estimates show that the number of possible games of Go far exceeds the number of atoms in the observable universe!”
In the last couple of years, Google developed an AI (Artificial Intelligence) computer program called AlphaGO, that beat the top human player; a feat thought likely improbable for decades. It was in March of 2016, that AlphaGO defeated Lee Sedol 4-1 in a 5-game match with a prize purse of $ One Million USD!
Suffice it to say that GO has kept my interest for 55 years. I would highly recommend it to everyone. I play (against a computer program), every day.
In my opinion, it is a great way to promote Neural Plasticity!