Go, the board game

Netflix has had this documentary called “The Surrounding Game” which discusses Go.  Go is perhaps one of the most complex board games to exist today.  It is an imported game from Asia most originating in China spreading to Japan and Korea.  Today there are professional leagues in Japan, China and Korea where all the top players will go to in order to train to be better.

I personally find Go the most fascinating board game of all.  The simplicity of the game is what attracted me to the game but the complexity of the game is what keeps me entranced in it.  When I got my first Android phone, the first purchase I made was for AI Factory’s Go Game App.  I had downloaded the free trial and played the game once and immediately bought it because I was thrilled that I could play this game on the phone.

A couple of comments from this documentary that I found interesting:

  • The documentary stated a wish that Go would be more popular in US.  But since Go is an intellectual game, Go and other intellectual games like chess will continue to take a backseat to games that require physical prowess.  Furthermore, until the “nerd” status is elevated from a derogatory to an adulatory term, the idea of an intellectual game that is popular will never happen.
  • A Korean pro mentioned that it’s very difficult for there to be US pros starting at an early age because kids don’t study.  In Asia, kids study for 10 hours. But in US, they can’t even study for 5. lulz
  • Apparently there are American Go pros since 2012.  It’s when this documentary was created.