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 Sets | Wei-chi sets with Glass Go stones

Go set with 8mm glass stones

Go sets. Wooden board with glass stones. Lovely gift boxed set for the oriental game of Go, the deepest board game in existence.

Mini Go Set | Beginner Go Games | School Wei Chi Sets

Mini Go set (9 x 9 and 13 x 13 Board, Plastic Go Stones)

Mini Go Set with plastic or glass Go stones. Starter game featuring reversible board with 9x9 & 13x13 grid. Great choice for schools.

Go Set in Wooden Case

Philos Go set in a portable case

Classic go board in case with wooden handle, complete with stones & instructions. A lovely set which we think epitomises simple Japanese elegance.

Wooden Go Table Set | 13 x 13 Go ban with bowls and stones

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

A beautifully-finished 13"x13", wooden go table set with glass 'stones' & wooden bowls, ideal for schools as this smaller game takes less time to play

Go set with bowls | Full Size wooden Go game

Philos Go set with bowls

A fantastic full size Go and Go Bang set including bowls and playing stones. A great value set. Quick dispatch and delivery guaranteed.

Travel Go set | Magnetic Go Game

Magnetic Travel Go set

This Magnetic Travel Go set features magnetised stones of about 10mm which are stored in separate plastic containers. A Great set at a fantastic price.

Play Go Today | 3 in 1 Go Set in Tube

Play Go Today - 3 in 1 Set in Tube

A 3 in 1 Go set that includes 3 boards of different sizes. The set caters for all abilities and serves as a great tool for developing your skills.

Play Go Today - 13 x 13 Introductory Set in Tube

Play Go Today - 13 x 13 Introductory Set in Tube

An inexpensive introductory Go set suitable for beginners. 13 x 13 leatherette board with plastic black & white stones and a simple instruction leaflet.

Go & Go Bang - Folding Beech Wood Case

Go & Go Bang - Folding Beech Wood Case

Beech wood Go and Go Bang set consisting of a folding board that doubles as a storage case for the playing stones. Quick dispatch

Go & Go Bang Set in Leatherette Case

Go & Go Bang, case, synthetic leather

From Philos, a stylish Go & Go Bang set in a black leatherette case. A nice looking Go set that is easily transportable.

Go Set | Goban with 9mm Yunzi Stones

Goban with 9mm Yunzi Stones

Beautiful wooden Goban on legs supplied with excellent quality 9mm Yunzi Go stones. A great Go set for beginners and connoisseurs alike.

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

Glass Go Stones (7mm) in plastic containers

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 Wei Chi Board

Go Board - Wooden

Superb quality & reasonably priced Go boards. Also known as Wei Chi, this oriental game is claimed to be the world's 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.

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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