More on the Rules of Go

Go Booklet

Our Go Booklet is most complete description of how to play Go on this site. It's presented here in 5 sections:

A PDF version (3.58 MB) is available (updated 2014).

Other Introductory Rules Summaries Go Comic

We host Andreas Fecke's Go Comic, a cartoon introduction to Go.
A PDF version (3.66 MB) is available (updated 2014).

The first part of this teaches Capture Go. you can play with the Capture Go Java Applet on our Junior pages.

Here is a single page Quick Ref produced for the UK Go Challenge.

Here are the FridgeGo rules that were written for inclusion in the FridgePlay 9x9 magnetic set.

Rules Used in BGA Tournaments

There are some slight differences in the rules used in different countries around the world, however for almost all practical purposes (more than 99.999% of games) they produce the same result.

The BGA has adopted American Go Association-style rules for use in tournaments, as opposed to Japanese rules previously. Please see our policy page Rules of Go for the full details.

For a comparison between the various rules sets see our Rules Comparison page.

Other Sites

Some other sites which also present the rules of Go in English are:

Other Languages

For links to rule sites in foreign languages see our Foreign Links page.

General Graph Go

The Rules of General Graph Go are how a mathematician may see Go.

Event Rules

For rules of tournaments and tournament play, in contrast to the rules of Go, we have a standard set of approved Go tournament rules.

The rules of the events of the various British championships are in the British Championship section.

Here are the rules of Lightning Go Tournaments used in the Netherlands.

Last updated Mon Dec 08 2014. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.