Go is an ancient board game which originated in Asia thousands of
years ago. In Chinese it is called weiqi, in Korean it is called baduk,
but we use the Japanese word, go.
You may have seen this game in movies such as A Beautiful Mind or
Pi. Go has also been featured in a popular anime,
Hikaru no Go.
The object of the game is to surround more territory than your
opponent. The rules are simple, and can be learned in a few minutes.
At www.321go.org or
you can find some nice introductions or maybe it is best if you pass by in one
of our clubs to get the game explained by an expert.
Switzerland there are around 200 active go players who meet every week
in a club. Around 150 of those 200 attend at least one tournament per
year.There are certainly the double amount of players who play go only
from time to time with friends or in the family. In the cyberspace
there are many possibilities for players and so some swiss players are
usually always around on the biggest servers.
The swiss go association was founded on October 14th 1979 in
Bern. Of course there were active go players also before the foundation
but they weren't really organized except from the club in Geneva or the
one at the research center Cern. With the growing popularity the first
big go wave leaded to foundations of clubs in the mayor cities,
tournaments and in 1984 the swiss go association even organized the european
go congress. Later the tournament of La Chaux-de-Fonds became one of the
biggest in Europe with more then 100 participants and high cash prizes.