Are You Ready To Go?: Learn an Ancient Game @ Your Library

Bored with board games? Conquered all the levels of the latest video game sensation? Are you looking for a new gaming challenge? Check out Go, a game that takes a few minutes to learn but a lifetime to master.

Go started over 4,000 years ago in China. Quite simply, two players take turns placing black and white stones on a large (19x19 line) ruled board. The goal is to surround your opponent's stones. Once you do that, you capture their stones and the blank space is considered your territory. What sounds easy is actually pretty complex. Want to learn more?

Start with Learn to Play Go, Volume 1: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game by Janice Kim or Go!: More Than a Game by Peter Shotwell.  These two great beginner books will lead you through the history and strategy behind the game.


If you want your Go in manga or anime form, check out Hikaru No Go by Yumi Hotta with artwork by Takeshi Obata. Follow the adventures of Hikaru Shindo, a Japanese sixth-grader who unleashes the spirit of an ancient Go master trapped inside a bloodstained Go board.


Want some hands on experience? The following libraries include Go as part of their teen programming.

Atascocita Branch Library
Chess and Go Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Chess and Go Club meets Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm.

Freeman Branch Library
Includes Go in all their gaming programs.

Northwest Branch Library
Chess and Go Club meets every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm.

Don't see your library listed here? Contact the Young Adult Librarian at your branch and let them know you are interested in starting a Go club.

You can also find Go information through American Go Association or the Houston Go Club.