Chess Versus Go Redux

In the opening round of the ongoing 2023 New York Winter Invitational the following game was not played:

2023 New York Winter Invitational GM A
FM Nico Chasin vs GM Djurabek Khamrakulov
D 20 Queen’s Gambit Accepted: Central Variation, Alekhine System

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Bf5 6. Ne2 Nb6 7. Bb3 Nc6 1/2-1/2–gm-a/round-1/EpM3bORl

The only pictures found of the youngster, Nico Chasin, are prior to the pandemic daze.

The youngster obviously likes hats…

This was Nico’s first round opponent, GM Djurabek Khamrakulov:

The Grandmaster appears much older than the youngster. What did the boy learn from the truncated Chess game? If for no other reason the boy should have rejected the draw offer and played the game because even if he lost he would have won by gaining valuable experience. These non-games are killing the Royal Game! Why is it allowed?

Go, also known as Wei Chi and Baduk, is a superior game to Chess for several reasons, one of which is that there are no draws, other than a triple Ko, which happens so infrequently that when it does occur news is made all over the world. The game usually contains over a hundred moves, or possibly two hundred moves. These are a few of the comments left below the video that follows:

I like the comparison of Chess being a Battle inside of a War and Go is like the whole War.

While I’m a Chess player at heart and I mostly play chess, I recognize that Go is a better and more beautiful game. While a Chess game can get very complicated, it’s nothing compared to how mind-blowingly complex even a local battle of life and death can become, let alone the whole situation on the board. The most interesting thing is when both sides teos to capture each other’s group so they twist and turn around each other like two snakes trying to strangle each other to death.

Tim’s Timbre
I like Go and Chess both. Love the individual pieces and promoting in Chess. Love Go because of the flow of the game, the opening and the increased focus on building, connecting. Objectively Shogi might be a better game than Chess, however I do not share the enthusiasm most have for the respawning of pieces in Shogi. In both Chess and Go you have a clear visual at the end.


Go is described by the American Go Journal as “an ancient board game which takes simple elements, line and circle, black and white, stone and wood, combines them with simple rules and generates subtleties which have enthralled players for millennia.”

The object of Go is to gain control of territory, so in many ways it resembles land warfare. There are border clashes and invasions; enemy forces can be surrounded and captured; groups of stones can be cut off, pursued and cornered; there are feints, probes and ambushes.

At the same time, Go has an architectural quality. The player tries to build well-designed, efficient, strong positions, and good players tend to arrange their stones in visually appealing shapes. Overall, Go is more of a constructive than a destructive game.

An intellectually stimulating game that trains the mind in discipline and concentration, Go is far superior to chess, says Lim. Those who know both chess and Go contend that Go is to chess as theoretical physics is to long division.

Afficionados say that the same tension that exists in chess exists in Go – the same sort of life-and-death decision making, but chess is a much more concrete game, while Go is intuitive. Go is also regarded as the most physically and mentally exhausting of all the sedentary games. Competitors in tournaments have been known to lose as much as 12 pounds during a match. (

Start Playing Go Right Now!

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be playing in minutes!

Learn The Basics
Then, “Lose 100 games as quickly as possible!”

An ancient Chinese proverb.

Play a Computer: Download Igowin, a freeware small-board (9X9) version of Many Face of Go and try a few games.

Play a Person: When you feel ready, try a game online at Pandanet, The KGS Go Server (KGS Tutorial), or any of several other go servers. Thousands of people are playing online right now, and if you've followed these steps, you're stronger than some of them already!

Finally, we would like to offer these three brief pieces of guidance to the developing player:

Play Someone in Person: Many players have gotten strong playing online, never meeting an opponent face-to-face; but almost everyone enjoys the game even more in the "real world." The AGA maintains a list of chapters and clubs in the US; we hope there's one near you. If not, you can run a free classified ad in The American Go E-Journal, read each week by more than 13,000 players in the US and around the world. Putting up signs at the local college may also pay off.

Study: If you want to get really strong, you will have to study. Fortunately there are literally hundreds of books to help you. The AGA's complete list of go books in English can be daunting; ask your friends what they read, or you can join the go discussion group Life In 19x19 and ask, you'll get plenty of recommendations.

Finding Equipment: You can get a decent playing set for the cost of a computer game, or you can spend more for special high-quality slate and shell stones and boards made from beautiful wood. But good equipment is hard to find in the US. Many game stores carry poor imitations, if they have anything at all. Visit the AGA's list US distributors of Asian equipment to find the best boards, stones and bowls, and in some cases special discounts for AGA members.

We wish you good luck and good games!


2 thoughts on “Chess Versus Go Redux

  1. Bobby Warr says:

    I am with you AW. Look at these two games from the the NY Winter Invitational. The first was played earlier today:
    GM Gabor Nagy vs GM Mark Paragua Rd 6
    1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. O-O Nd7 5. h3 Bh5 6. d3 Ngf6 7. Nbd2 1/2-1/2
    and the next game just finished a few moments ago:
    FM Pijus Stremavicius vs GM Ivan Schitco Rd 7
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 1/2-1/2
    I’ve wondered if draws, and even full points, are being sold at these “Invitational” and “Norm” events. Your idea of only 1/4 point for a draw is the best I’ve heard of for ending the practice of short draws.

  2. Bailey Burke says:

    It gets worse, AW. This ‘game’ was ‘played’ today in the 8th round:

    Pijus Stremavicius 2369 vs Nico Chasin 2430
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 1/2-1/2

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