Whole board seki game 1

I wanted to share this game record with everyone.

It was shown to me many years ago on a Go server and I have always admired it as a work of art.

The game is clearly contrived, by one or more very strong Go players and not all the moves are perfect, but that doesn’t matter in my opinion.

It is both a source of enjoyment and study material. I’ve learned a lot from it over the years, revisiting it as I got stronger.

These game records originated in ancient China, during the Ming dynasty. For more information, please have a look at its sister game in our article: Whole board seki game 2.

The game ends with the whole board in a ‘seki’ position. A seki is a situation where neither player’s stones can capture the other’s, resulting in a localised stalemate. (I’ll elaborate on that when I finish working on the pages for beginners.)

A couple of years ago I showed this game to a friend, who uploaded it to godiscussions.com for other people to enjoy. Since that site is no longer there, I wanted to share the game here.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.

The game record


Download SGF File (Go Game Record)


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David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. FYI, I believe most of the go discussion people moved over to lifein19x19.com

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for the info Daemin. I had a look at that site, but they don’t seem to have the archives from godiscussions.com uploaded yet. There was a lot of good material on godiscussions so I hope they figure out how to migrate it.

  2. Perfect

  3. Awesome O___O
    How could they did that?
    it was seki everywhere O___O