# How long does it take to get good at Go?

## How long does it take to get good at Go?

You can say the same for go: The more you learn (shapes, joseki, punishing, invading, etc,) and apply in your games, the stronger you will get. Probably a year if you play a lot and you’re young, and not too stubborn. If you play less, but still young, it’s maybe 2-4 years depending on how much you play.

## How do you know when a game of Go is over?

The game is said to be over “when neither player can make further profitable moves.” But it is often hard to see when that time comes. Here is another look at the sample 9×9 game we saw before. Assuming it is Black’s turn, there are four possibilities: Black can pass and that would be the usual outcome.

## How are go points calculated?

Look for empty points on the board that your stones surround. The intersections or points in Go are worth one point each. Count up the points that you have surrounded with your stones.

## How do you win at Go?

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## Why was AlphaGo able to play go so well?

The original AlphaGo demonstrated superhuman Go-playing ability, but needed the expertise of human players to get there. Namely, it used a dataset of more than 100,000 Go games as a starting point for its own knowledge. AlphaGo Zero, by comparison, has only been programmed with the basic rules of Go.

## Why is the game go considered much harder than chess for computer?

In a general sense, the answer to that is Go. The main reason for that is because the size of the board and the fact that it is empty to begin with gives the game a much more complex opening to the game. But if you were to make things equal in board size then chess is the obvious more difficult game to master.

## What are dead stones in Go?

Dead stones are stones which don’t have the slightest chance of escaping from enemy territory (sometimes, there’s an exception; see comments below). It is assumed by both players that any more moves involving the stones will be futile, and they are removed at the end of the game.

## How many stones do you need for go?

A standard set of Go stones has 181 black stones and 180 white. Black has an extra stone because it plays the first move. The total of 361 stones is enough to cover every intersection on the board. Of course, you can still play a complete game with fewer stones so don’t worry if you end up missing a few.

## What is two eyes go?

To be safe from capture, a group of stones must in general have two eyes. This is the primary way to make groups alive (the other, usually less desirable way, is seki). The basic rules of go state that when a group’s last liberty is removed, the group is captured.

## Is go good for your brain?

This experiment has showed that during playing go (problem-solving task), many brain areas are significantly more active than during staring at an empty go board (fixating task).