GO for the Game

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Use your joinery skills and a special jig to create an ancient but ever-popular game

Computers started to beat humans at chess in the late 1980s. But the world’s best programmers really struggled to achieve the same success with the game of Go. Originally developed in ancient China, Go is probably the oldest board game in history. Today it enjoys worldwide popularity (see sidebar, facing page).
Go gameboards come in different sizes, but mine is based on the most widely used dimensions, which match up well with standard black and white game pieces, or stones. The board shown here is made using walnut as the primary wood, but I’ve also made versions in maple and cherry.

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