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  1. heather says:

    i believe that game is go.

  2. Jack says:

    You are correct. According to thinkquest.org, Go is a simple game with a complex strategy. Games can be played on a 9 by 9, 13 by 13, or 19 by 19 line board. Go pieces, which are black and white “stones”, are placed on the intersections of lines, instead of on the spaces between them that chess and checkers use. The game focuses on these points, which number 361 on a 19 by 19 board, and the player who has surrounded the most points by the end wins. Players may also capture their opponent’s pieces by surrounding them with pieces of a player’s own color.
    Go is compared to chess often, but there are several key differences:
    Go pieces never move after the have been placed, and each piece has the same value as other pieces (no queen, king, pawn, etc.).
    Because the play focuses on the intersections of the lines instead of on the squares that they form, there are many more spaces on a Go board than on a chess board. Because of the large amount of places players can move, it has been estimated that there are more possible Go games than there are atoms in the known universe! Many people say that these vast amounts of combinations and possible moves make Go a more strategic game than chess.
    OK, maybe more than you wanted to know but there it is! I am vicariously enjoying your vacation too, while stuck at work. Great pics, looks like I know where I want to head for my next trip!

  3. Fran says:

    Go is a game that takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master.

  4. C says:

    It looks so, so vibrant.

  5. trench says:

    I want to visit Japan again!!

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