Game Play

This board is set up to play two very different strategy games, Japanese Go and Norse Tafl.

Playing Go

In Go, players alternate placing light and dark stones (here pennies and dimes) at intersections on the board (as in Figure 8-9) in an attempt to control territory and capture enemy stones.

Liberties and Capturing Stones

When a stone is placed on the board, every intersection directly connected to it is a liberty. If you occupy all of the liberties of an opponent’s stone or group of stones, then those pieces are captured; they are immediately removed from the board by the capturer, never to return.

The dark stone on the left has three liberties; the light chain on the right has only one and is about to be captured.

Figure 8-9. The dark stone on the left has ...

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