At the end of each episode of the anime version of Hikaru no Go , a three minute segment teaches a concept of Go. The level in other countries has traditionally been much lower, except for some players who had preparatory professional training in East Asia. I bought a board some years ago similar to this product , but because games typically take several hours I have only used it a few times. Teach Yourself Go , p. Credits New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards. In China, the game is traditionally played with single-convex stones  made of a composite called Yunzi.
A ladder. If the opponent does respond to the ko threat, the situation on the board has changed, and the prohibition on capturing the ko no longer applies. Go is an adversarial game with the objective of surrounding a larger total area of the board with one's stones than the opponent. Chains may be expanded by placing additional stones on adjacent intersections, and can be connected together by placing a stone on an intersection that is adjacent to two or more chains of the same color.
For each player, the number of captured stones is subtracted from the number of controlled surrounded points in "liberties" or "eyes", and the player with the greater score wins the game. See also: Time control and Byoyomi. The traditional way to place a Go stone is to first take a stone from the bowl, gripping it between the index and middle fingers, and then place it directly on the desired intersection. Joseki is in large part the study of forming good shape with your stones. Black cannot escape unless the ladder connects to black stones further down the board that will intercept with the ladder. It is generally better to capture stones in a net than in a ladder, because a net does not depend on the condition that there are no opposing stones in the way, nor does it allow the opponent to play a strategic ladder breaker. For these situations, table boards of the same design as floor boards, but only about 2—5 cm thick and without legs are used, and the stones are made of glass rather than slate and shell.