“The board is a mirror of the mind of the player as the moments pass. When a master studies the record of a game he can tell at what point greed overtook the pupil, when he became tired, when he fell into stupidity, and when the maid came by with the tea.”
-An anonymous Go player
To be successful in any important undertaking, you need a strategy, so why not include learning the world’s greatest strategic game in your resolutions for 2015?
Go, which originated in China more than 2,500 years ago, has been called a gift to the world from Chinese civilization. Go offers even novice players benefits in strategic thinking not available from other games, even chess. Principal among these are patience, judgment, and balance. As in life, moderation is essential for success, and greed is punished.
To encourage the Regent community to learn and play this great game, the Library has placed a new Go set on a table in the reference area. This set features large stones in traditional jujube wood bowls and a 9 x 9 board, the size used in China, Japan, and Korea to introduce the game to children and beginners.