Go Equipment

Go Equipment

Wei Qi (or Wei-Ch'i) as it's known in China, Baduk (Paduk or Pa-dok) as it's known in Korea or "Go", as it is known in Japan, is considered by many people to be the worlds greatest strategic game, far surpassing Chess in its complexity. Wei-Ch'i means "surrounding game" or "surrounding chess" and the object is simply to capture territory by placing down counters on the board.

The mathematical elegance of Wei Chi rules is complemented by the great beauty of the boards and stones - of all board games in the world, Go has been raised by the Japanese to a pinnacle of aesthetic beauty.

Go Sets

A superb range of complete Go sets, providing everything you need to play the game. All the sets are of a high quality and we have something to suit any requirement.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Go Boards, Stones & Bowls

A fine selection of quality Go Boards, Stones and Bowls to build your own complete Go set. Ranging in size and budget, we have a great choice to pick from.

 

Go Accessories

Other accessories that can be used when playing Go, such a game clocks.

 
 
 
 

Go Bowls - for Wei Chi. Beautiful genuine bowls for Go stones.

Bowls for Go / Wei Chi stones. Suitable all styles and sizes of Go Stone. Made from beautiful traditional Japanese or European wood in various colours

Go Stones | Extensive Range of High Quality Go Stones

Slate and Shell Go Stones - Yuki 8.4mm

A range of good quality go stones, choose from glass, mineral, clamshell & slate, approx 180 stones of each colour in each set

Go Boards | High Quality Wooden Go Boards

Go Board - Wooden

A range of superb quality and reasonably priced go boards. This oriental game is claimed by experts to be the worlds' greatest strategic game of skill

Chess Clocks, Go Clocks. Timers for games.

Large GARDE Game Clock - Natural Beechwood

Range of game clocks - timers for games such as Go and Chess. High quality game clocks with swift dispatch and our excellent service.

Mini Go set (9x9 and 13x13 boards with plastic stones in box)

Mini Go set (9x9 and 13x13 boards with plastic stones in box)

An economy set that is great for children and schools. Featuring 2 cut-down boards - a 9 x 9 for quick games and younger children and a 13 x 13 board for older children and those who still don't want to embark on the full game. Never fear - deep thought s...

Go set with 9mm glass stones

Go set with 9mm glass stones

This is a Go set with a 2 piece magnetic-join wooden board. On one side is a 19 x 19 board and on the other is a 13 x 13 layout for quick games. Accompanying it are 360 glass stones (glass stones may have the odd imperfection). The containing box is a ...

5 Mini Go sets bundle (9x9 - 13x13 boards, plastic stones, no box)

5 Mini Go sets bundle (9x9 - 13x13 boards, plastic stones, no box)

A bundled deal for schools and clubs. Unboxed starter Go sets with 9x9 and 13x13 boards and plastic Go stones.

Magnetic Travel Go set

Magnetic Travel Go set

This Magnetic Travel Go set features magnetised stones of about 10mm which are stored in separate plastic containers. The stones and board are plastic but this is forgiveable in a travel game - the whole set is reasonably well-made, portable and is tru...

Philos Go set with bowls

Philos Go set with bowls

An excellent value Go Set that includes a full size playing board (19 x 19) and bowls for the stones. Go Bang can also be played. The board is maple veneer and features feet to raise it from the table. Two nice wooden bowls with lids are also included ...

Philos Go set in a portable case

Philos Go set in a portable case

A portable Go set in a wooden case with carry handle and we think epitomises that simple Japanese elegance. The case is made from Alder wood stained to a darker colour. Pieces are stored inside the case in 2 boxes. A classic Go set with board, carr...

Mini Go set (9x9 and 13x13 boards with glass Go stones in box)

Mini Go set (9x9 and 13x13 boards with glass Go stones in box)

This is a starter game that comes in a flat box. An inexpensive Go set but still featuring glass Go stones.

Magnetic Travel Go set

Magnetic Travel Go set

This Magnetic Travel Go set features magnetised stones of about 17mm which are stored in separate circular, plastic containers. The folding magnetic board is stored with the the stones in purpose-designed sturdy green canvas bag with black canvas handl...

Combined Magnetic Travel Go and Shogi set

Combined Magnetic Travel Go and Shogi set

A superb 2-in-1 travel set, combining the territorial game of Go with that of the adversarial game of Shogi or Japanese Chess. Small but durable. An excellent gift. 25 x 23cm 2-piece reversible plastic-coated metal board with 19x19 Go grid and Shogi o...

Philos Folding Go & Go Bang Set

Philos Folding Go & Go Bang Set

A classic Go and Go Bang set with a folding wooden board. This is a lovely set and with a case that doubles as a stand. Stones and instructions are also included. This set looks great, represents great value and includes everything you need to play a g...

13 x 13 Go Table Set with 8mm stones and Light Bowls

13 x 13 Go Table Set with 8mm stones and Light Bowls

A beautifully-finished 13"x13" (33cm x 33cm) wooden Go table with 0.31" (8mm) glass 'stones' and either light or dark wooden bowls. Go played on a 13 x 13 board is an excellent game in its own right. Because the full game takes some time, it is perfect...

The Origin of Go



Wei Qi (also spelt Wei-Ch'i) as it's known in China, Baduk (Paduk or Pa-dok) as it's known in Korea or Go, as it is known in Japan and generally in the West, is considered by most Oriental game experts to be the worlds greatest strategic skill game, far surpassing Chess in it's complexity and scope. Wei-Ch'i means "surrounding game" or "surrounding chess" and the object is simply to capture territory by placing down counters on the board.

Wei Qi is the most perfect of board games from several perspectives. Of all the serious board games, Go has the fewest rules and yet, the game itself is is the most intellectually challenging. No computer program has yet been written which has been able to compete with the best Go players. The mathematical elegance of the rules is complemented by the great beauty of the boards and stones - of all board games in the world, Go has been raised by the Japanese to a pinnacle of aesthetic beauty.

According to Chinese history, Wei-Ch'i was invented by Emperor Shun (2255 - 2206 BC) to help develop the intelligence of his son, Shokin. A alternative version attributes the invention of Go to U, who lived during the reign of Emperor Kieh Kwei several hundred years later. Under non-Chinese history, it is thought more likely that the game originated in central Asia from where it spread eastwards through Nepal and Tibet to China.

The Go board can either be a flat table board or the more traditional floor-board with legs (Go-ban). The wood used, the quality of the grain and how the grain is oriented is of prime importance. Most common are Itame boards in which the grain is bent or irregular. Better boards are Masame which means the grain runs straight across the top of the board. Best of all are Tenmasa Masame boards that have grain running from bottom to top as well as straight across the top.

The best Go stones are made of slate and clamshell and the quality and the grain on the clamshell matters. There are two grades of Go stone based on the white pieces, Yuki - snow white and jitusyo - ordinary. The thickness of the stones varies according to personal taste. There is a knack to playing a stone - it should be held between the index and middle fingers and placed with an audible click. The Go bowls which hold the stones should also be of good quality wood with straight grain.

You can learn more about the History of Go from the Online Guide to Traditional Games.

 

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