About Junior Go

What is Go?

Go is game for two people, and is played with black and white pieces (called stones) on a square grid board. The idea is to surround part of the board as your territory. If your territory is bigger than the other person's, then you win! The rules are quite easy - it only takes about fifteen minutes to learn to play. It's quite different from any other game - try it and we think you will enjoy it!

Go was invented in China a long time ago. The game is thought to be more than 3,000 years old - it may be the oldest board game which is still being played today. In China, Korea and Japan there are about 30 million people who play Go, including several hundred professional players and many, many children. In Korea, there's even a TV channel which just has programmes about Go!

It is only in the last hundred years that people in this country have started playing Go. Most big towns now have a Go club, there are regular tournaments, and the game is becoming more popular all the time. Some towns and a few schools have there own junior clubs. Lots of people play Go on the Internet, especially youngsters for whom we organise lots of activities.

Go An Introduction

If you want to learn to play now, read the rules in a simple cartoon format.

You can also play Capture Go, a simplified form of Go, against a computer opponent. Note, this page contains a Java Applet

For some more information about Go, see this Introduction to Go.

What is the British Go Association?

We organise Go in the United Kingdom. As well as being involved with organising and coordinating Go tournaments, we keep ranking lists for junior and adult players, and issue diplomas for dan players. Every year, we organise a British Championship and the British Youth Championships. Also there is the popular UK Go Challenge for schools and young players.

If you want to join us, go to this membership page. You can join at any time of the year and get a full 12 months' membership. You can select to receive your own printed copy of British Go Journal every 3 months (Youth category) or just receive a link to access an online PDF version (Student category). This latter is the cheaper option - we think it is very good value!

There is also a School's Membership if your school has a club and wants to join in.

Amongst other things you will also get:

  • Access to our members' area
  • The monthly BGA online newsletter mailing
  • The opportunity to buy Go books & equipment at a discount to the normal price from some suppliers
  • Reduced price entry to some Go tournaments

If you just want to receive our electronic Youth Newsletter let us know your email address and we will add you to the list.

There is a lot more information about us and Go generally, on our main website.

Last updated Mon Jan 25 2021. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.