About GO Society
Welcome to the University of York Go Society.
Our society is a place for playing, learning and enjoying everything related to the ancient abstract strategy board game of Go (a.k.a. wequi 围棋 - baduk 바둑 - igo 囲碁).
Go, sometimes known as "the surrounding game", is a mind-sport (so it's in the same category as chess and draughts/checkers). It is thought to be the oldest continuously played game in the world having been invented in China over 2500 years ago. Today it is played by millions of people around the world and is especially popular in China, Japan and Korea.
The rules are incredibly simple: two players start with an empty board and take turns to place "stones" on the grid. If your stones get surrounded, they are captured. The winner is the player who surrounds the most empty space and enemy stones. But these simple rules lead to probably the deepest, most complex and most interesting game ever known. So much so that a computer first beat a world chess champion in 1987 but it took until 2016 for this to happen for Go.
Our society is a group of people who meet up weekly - online on OGS, these days... -, to play the Go. We aim to promote and support the learning and practice of GO in York, both in the University and otherwise.
Tuesdays 12:00 - 14:00 and Thursdays 19:00 - 21:00 on OGS:
Our society is free and very inclusive. We are open to students, staff and members of the community of any level. Everyone is invited!
Please get in touch by sending us an e-mail or onto the OGS group!