Go/Why should I learn to play Go?
Firstly, Go is fun. It is an enjoyable way of stretching your brain and maintaining mental condition in a social context. It is extremely simple to learn to play, yet there is more that can be learned about the game than can be achieved in any single lifetime.
Unlike some mind sports, there is no need to visualise or memorise long continuations (for example, learning openings and endgames in chess). There is a well established handicapping system, which allows players of very different abilities to enjoy a game with equal prospects of winning.
The equipment required to play is fairly easy to generate without expense, as all that is required is 2 sets of 161 counters of a different colour to each other, and a board with lines (a simple computer printout works fine).
Benefits of playing Go
- Mind games where luck is not an element are known to exercise both halves of the brain. This has been found to be helpful in avoiding degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimers
- Go teaches patience, discipline, and open-mindedness. It is a game where greed is punished, and creativity is rewarded.
- Many consider the skills learned and developed in Go to be applicable to all areas of life.