a lifetime burning

By Sheol


Mono Monday: Game

Many thanks to JohnEdward for setting the challenges this month, all of which have had a tennis inspired set of themes.  I did look to see if I could find a pheasant hanging in a butcher's shop for this particular challenge but failed miserably.  So instead, here is a game that takes seconds to learn and years to try to master: the oriental board game Go.  

I believe that Go is reputed to be the oldest board game that has been continuously played - it is thought to have been invented about 2,500 years ago.  The object is to surround and enclose territory.  There are only two rules and yet the game is fiendishly complex.  So much so that it was only in 2015 that Google's Alpha Go computer was first able to beat a top ranking Go player, as prior to that evaluating all the possible moves and their potential impact was beyond the computing power of the available supercomputers.

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