Go - An Evening of Culture and Strategy

Thursday, June 11, 2009
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.
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  • Go, a strategic board game for two players, originated in China more than 2,500 years ago and today is the most popular game in the world. In Asia alone, there are over 100 million active players and tournament winners are international celebrities.
  • Go is played by two players who alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19x19 lines. The object of the game is to control a larger portion of the board than the opponent. Go is typically played with a handicapping
    systems so players of all abilities can play together; children can play with adults, etc.
  • Peter Schumer, a Professor of Mathematics at Middlebury College, founded the Vermont Go Club in 1986 and currently teaches a class on Go at the College. He will introduce the game and share some of his personal stories and insights about Go. Joining him to discuss the importance of Go in Japanese culture will be fellow Go player and Middlebury College Professor, John Elder. Elder will read a chapter from his book Following the Brush which documents his experience learning Go while living in Japan. After a bit of cultural introduction Schumer and Elder will explain how Go is played and demonstrate a game for the audience.
  • Finally, everyone will have a chance to try their hand at Go, the world’s simplest and yet most complex game.

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