Stevens website is dedicated to the wonderful world of go. If you took a wrong turn on the information highway and want to get a quick lowdown on what go is all about, look at the next heading. If you arent here by accident, then know that at this website youll find out more than youll ever care to know about Stevens go career and his go statistics. Youll also find some quizzes to test your knowledge on this wonderful game and some problems to test your go-playing skills.
In a nutshell, go is an oriental board game of unimaginable antiquity whose origins can be traced back to ancient China. Although many people think of the game as one of Japan's great contribution to world culture, this is somewhat of an inflated view of Japan's role in the development of this game. Go is an "oriental" game, or, at least, it ought to be thought of as such, particularly because of the many contributions made to the devlepment of this fascinating game by peoples of non-Chinese descent, specifically, the Japanese and Koreans (some may want to include the Tibetans in this list as well). The common trait that is shared by these peoples is the way they took to the game and made it part of their cultural heritage, just as though the game had taken root in their lands instead of in China per se.
Westerners need to be reminded from time to time that the origins of go is oriental, not Japanese, at least, not specifically Japanese, and this, despite the fact that the contribution made by the Japanese people to the development of this game is not inconsiderate. Naturally, matters are not made any easier when one considers that the name that is used to refer to this gamethat is, the name gois itself Japanese. At that time, many Westerners were simply unaware of the shared national origin of this game. The linguistic usage that was then in vogue in universities and linguistic circles when the word "go" was being considered for adoption as the accepted reference to the game, simply accepted this word as the natural choice. By following their natural inclination, the linguistic experts of the time were contributing to the perpetuation of the fallacy that go is a decidedly Japanese game.
Moving on, the other fact about the game that is worth noting is the game's great antiquity. Apparently, there would be evidence to suggest that go, or, at least, what evolved into becoming the game of go as we know it today, can trace its origins all the way back to the third millennium before Christ. That's right, that would place the origins of the game as having occured at about the same time as the ancient Egyptians were building the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The game was slow to spread outside of the Orient, heck, it was even slow to spread inside the Orient (there are siginficant parts of China where go has never taken root). Although the game was sometimes mentioned by Christian missionaries of the 16th and 17th centuries in their travel logs, it was not until the 19th century that the game started to take a firm hold in Europe, and, a little later on, in North America (well, in the United States, at any rate).
Today, go is firmly established on both continents; however, it has fared less well in finding the foundation it needs in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, the Middle East, and the Near East; in Africa, the game is practically unknown. But since the late 19th century, in Europe, especially in those parts of Europe rich in germanic culture and traditions (one thinks of Germany, of course, of the German-speaking parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and of the Netherlands; and, since the end of W.W. II, and more particularly since the 1960s, in North America, the game has definitely been on the march.
The aim of the game is for each player to surround as many empty intersections as he can before the game comes to an end (the end of a game occurs when both players agree that there are no more pointseach empty intersection counts as one pointthat either player can acquire for himself or deny to his oppponent). In his endeavour to surround these empty spaces, however, each player must be vigilant that the stones he plays to surround these empty spaces are not themselves surrounded and captured by his opponent. The tension that is generated by this conflict between capturing enemy stones (or groups of stones) and the risk of having one's own stones (or groups of stones) captured, can at times become very intense, especially when one considers that both players are constantly striving to gain more territory than his opponent, regardless of whether that territory take the form of vacant intersections or of dead or captured stones. This conflict is at the heart of what makes go such a stimulating game. In his efforts to anticipate an attack on his stones, each player is constantly evaluating the status of each one of his weak groups to determine which rescue strategy, if any, will be available to him when the time comes for him to save one or more of his vulnerable groups.
The rescue strategies available to each player are limited to following three: (1) to make two "eyes" (The concept of two eyes is fundamental in understanding the game of go. Any group that succeeds in surounding two empty but separate intersections, is unconditionally alive. Such a group is absolutely unassailable to any kind of threat to its survival, (2) to link the besieged group to another group, one that is already unconditionally alive, or (3) to counterattack the attacking group in the hope of capturing it before it succeeds in capturing the group that is attacking it.
A player can consider himself blessed if any one of his weak groups can avail itself of at least one of these three strategies in its defence. In the real world, of course, this is not a situation that is likely to occur very often, if at all, for the simple reason that in the real world one can only play one stone at a time. In these circumstances, the player under attack will seek to steer the attacker towards the smaller or least valuable of his besieged groups while concentrating all his efforts in his attempt to save his larger group, or, if he has more than two groups at risk, his largest group.
In the end, however, if all fails, and the group under attack eventually dies (a group dies when it becomes impossible for that group to make two eyes, or, to link up with a group that has two eyes), and once a group dies, it is simply left on the board as is. (One never knows, but in go dead groups can sometimes come back to life or can help in the success of a local endeavour). The next time these dead enemy stones will need to be dealt with will be during the counting phase of the game.
During the counting phase, when all dead stones must be removed from where they are found on the board and placed in the territory of each player's opponent (i.e., all dead black stones are placed in Black's territory and all dead white stones are placed in White's territory). When this part of the counting phase is completed, it will have had the desirable effect, if all went well, of reducing the total territorial count of each player by the same number of points as there were dead stones to place in each player's territory.
Finally, the last category of dead enemy stones that must be dealt with during the counting phase are those stones that are called "prisonners". The viewer will recall that this category of stones is composed of dead enemy stones that were physically removed from the board during the playing phase of the game (not the counting phase) and these stones were removed because the liberties of these stones were occupied by the enemy of these dead stones. Once all their liberties were removed, these stones were then considered to be captured, were then physically removed from the board, were then renamed prisonners, and were then placed in the turned-over covers that serve as the lids of the players' bowls of stones.
Both players should be aware that during the counting phase, in contrast to the rules governing the removal of enemy stones from the board during the playing phase, neither player is required to actually capture these dead enemy stones by removing their liberties.
After the dust settles, the player who succeeds in surrounding the largest number of empty intersections wins the game. As a final step, the score of the winner is subtracted from that of the loser to determine the margin of victory.
Admitedly, the above description, though succinct and accurate, is much too brief to adequately describe the incredible richness of thIS wonderful game. If youre interested in obtaining more information on this S game, the links that are provided on the last page of this website will direct you to the resources that can provide you with the location of the club or clubs nearest you. There, enthusiastic go players will be delighted to provide you with more details on how to play this wonderful game, the game many call the greatest game in the world.
By the way, when this site was put togehter, the Webmaster used MS Internet Explorer as his prefered design tool. He tried to accomodate the coding needs of Netscape, which, at the time, during the height of the browser wars, was the main rival to Microsoft's browser. All this to say that certain features at this website might come out better when using MS Internet Explorer than when using some other browser.
As you, the viewer, can plainy see in Table 1, this website was launched on June 16, 1997. This is more than twenty years ago -- a full two decades -- As much as possible, the Webmaster tries to update the information found at this site on or about the first Sunday of each month. This goal is achived most of the time, but not always. In fact, from about April, 2016, to about now (July, 2017) the updating of the statistics as well as the non-statistical information available at this website has been, as some like to say: "Honored more in the breach than in the observance". The reason that explains this sad decline in an important service go our valued visitors is the renovation program that was instituted for the benefit of this site and its go-loving visitors.
From the report provided below, the Webmaster confrms that this renovation program is drawing to an end. Very, very soon, everything will be back to normal, including the re-establishment of a regular, reliable updating service.
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Perhaps youre scratching your head, asking yourself in a half-audible voice, Why hasn't this wonderful, instructive website not been visited by more viewers. The simple and honest answer is: I just don't know.
For all intends and purposes, the overhaul of this website is now complete. However, some visitors, espcially those with eagle-sharp eyes will spot, here and there, some places where a few finishing touches are still needed.
But when one considers how the long-suffering habitués of this website have had to endure the inconvenience of a messy place ever since the decision was made, last April, 2016, to undertake this overhaul, I'm confidant that they, along with our nouveaux venus, will appreciate the changes that have been woven into the fabric of the existing former content.
It's true that the amount of time that was invested in this overhaul exceeded, and by far, the amount of time that was originally forcast for this project. However, although there are a few odds and ends to look after, the lion's share of the work has been completed. What is left to take care of are the minor details that always seem to get kicked down the road each time these details call attention to themselves.
What is new, you ask! Well, visitors will notice an increase in the number of charts, always a crowd-pleaser, from the original set of about 8 charts to a new total of 23. Also new are the number of tables of which one in particular (Table 1 in the Tournament page) is one that I am particularly proud of. Finally, the one innovation that served as the major impetus for this renovation program was the deep desire to modernize the contents of the Saliant Statistics Page. This has been accomplished. The level of the innovations that were ushered in on this page is left for the readers to discover on their own once they get to that web page.
Web Master (2017-07-06)
Uppermost in Steven's mind is the anticipation of the arrival of that great historic day when Steven will play his 20,000th game. The identity of Steven's opponent to-be is a closely guarded secret. Even Steven himself doesn't know the identity of this lucky individual. Heck, even the opponent himself doesn't know who he is.
However, despite this very deep level of secrecy, there are two things that are known with a God-like degree of all-seeing and all-knowing absoluteness about Steven's opponent to-be. First, believe it or not, it is known with a very high degree of infallible certainty that the opponent to-be is, like Steven, a fellow Montreal player. Second, believe it or not, it is also known with a very high degree of infallible certainty that the opponent to-be is, like Steven, a fellow male player.
Steven is on the final leg of achieving his lifelong goal of reaching his 20,000th game. (It became "lifelong" only after Steven played the 10,000th game of his go career, which was on June, 26 2001).
The other big unknown regarding this historic event is the date on which this event will take place. In this regard, the Date Calculator, which is found at the bottom of the Milestone Predictor Page, should be a very helpful tool in shedding light on this matter.
The Date Calculator works by entering a key value, and this value is called the predictor value, which is the average number of sessions per month that a player is likely to play in the foreseeable future. This figure is easy to obtain, one only needs to divide the overall total number of sessions, which is by the total number of months, which is The resulting quotient is called the average number of sessions per month. It is also called the session predictor and is used in that capacity. The precise value of this predictor, in this particular case, is
The very next thing that must be done is to enter the Session Predictor in the Session Predictor box in the Date Calculator and then click the Find Date button. (Of course, one presumes that the appropriate target year has already been selected, if such is not the case, then one must immediately select the correct target year by clicking on the checkmark-like symbol and then selecting the correct year from the drop-down list, before clicking the Find Date button).
By the way, knowing the overall total number of games, which is and also knowing the overall total number of sessions, which is this means that we can divide one by the other and obtain the average number of games per session, which is
Multiplying this last value by the average number of sessions per month, which is we can obtain the average number of games per month, which is
Once the Find Date button is clicked, three useful items of information are provided that should help the user narrow the focus on the approximte date on which this event will take place. These items are: (1) the Remaining Months (in this case, 22.902 months) (2), the Expected Month, (in this case, April), and (3) the Expected Year (in this case, 2019).
A News Bulletin was released late in the afernoon of July 28, 2017, by officials at the Bureau of Date-Calculator Management.
The bulletin, reads, in part: After much research, the Bureau is able to state with a high degree of confidance that Steven is expected to play his 20,000th game sometime in April, 2019, some 23 months from now (the start that was used to make this prediction is the date taht is found at the bottom of the last page of the Bulletin, next to the signature of Mr. So-and-So, Vice-President in Charge of Odds and Ends, formerly called the Department of Nothing Important, and before that, the Department of Loose Ends.
Furthermore, the Bulletrin also reads, in part, that the likelihood that this historic event will indeed be held sometime in the sprecified month (i.e., April) and during the specified year (i.e., 2019) is backed by a 95% level of confidance, 19 times out of 20.
In conlcusion, the bulletin states, the officials at the Bureau of Date-Calculator Management want to caution the company's enthusiastic stock-holders that despite the very high degree of confidance that in this event will take place as predicted, there is, nonetheless, a possibility, remote though it would appear to be, that this event could be imperiled by any number of acts of God. At the very least, for this event to be held at an unspecified date in the specified month and in the specified year, this historic event will be dependent on the successful maintenance of a minimal average number of sessions per month (i.e., or, by the equivalent of an average number of games per month (i.e.,
If this minimal requirement is maintained, and there's no reason to even think that it would not be, and if Providence can rerstrain the hand of God from casting any of his acts upon his creation, then the holding of this event will indeed take place in the specified month during the specified year.
Here's the Countdown Watcher. Each time this site is updated, which is once a month, this countdown tool is updated as well.
Steven played 48 games in 18 sessions, and he won 25 of his games (52.083%).
Steven played 38 games in 11 sessions, and he won 18 of his games (47.368%).
The more reliable of the two methods, reliable in the sense that the newbie visitor who relies on it will never get lost and will never find himself bypassing any section without realizing it. This method is easily recognized by the presence of two green navigational buttons ("Next" and "Back") found at the bottom of each web page.
The second method of navigation that this website offers to its visitors is the one that is composed of the list of all the web pages found at this site. This method is designed for the experienced visitor, the visitor who know precisely what he wants to see and where to see it. This list lies immediately below the two green navigational buttons (for example, see the list below).