The Game of Go
Go is an ancient Chinese strategy game dating
back 3000 to 4000 years. Two competitors play
to win the game by capturing territory. Players
have a bowl with either white (181) or black
(180) stones to play on a board with 19 x 19
grid lines. Beginners can start on boards with
9x9 or 13x13 lines. The rules are simple:
- Place stones
- Capture territory
by surrounding opponents;
- Players pass
when there is no more points to be surrounded
and game ends when both players pass.
The rules of competition are simple. The complexity
lies in the possible permutations on the board
which goes to 10 to the 750th power. Over 25
million people play Go from over 30 countries
and about 20,000 are in the US.
The rules of business strategy are simple but
the complexities lie in future possibilities.
Sensei Change Associates guides organizations
through complexities to build sustainable competitive