Igo Festival

Go (碁) is a strategic board game for two players, more commonly known as Igo (囲碁) in Japan. On October 11, 2009, an Igo Festival was held in the Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo.

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Go originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago.

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In Japan, the game became popular at the Japanese imperial court in the 8th century, and among the general public by the 13th century. 

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The game is played by two players who alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines. 

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The object of the game is to control a larger portion of the board than the opponent. 

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A stone or a group of stones is captured and removed if it has no empty adjacent intersections, the result of being completely surrounded by stones of the opposing color.

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Today, Japan has some of the best professional Igo players in the world.

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