History of Go

People having been playing Go for 4000 years.  Go is recognized as the oldest strategy game that is currently played by its original rules.  The earliest evidence of it is from China (where it is known as weichi), and it probably migrated to Japan around 500 BCE (where it is known as igo).  In Japan it rose to top cultural status along with samurai and had four prominent competitive schools as well as government support.  It is also very popular in Korea (where it is known as baduk).

After WWII, Japan spread Go to the western world, and due to this effort, people tend to use Japanese Go words all around the world.  Often people think it is a Japanese game due to Japan professionals spreading it to the West and how deeply it is part of Japan’s cultural identity.