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What is appealing about Go?

Go originally developed in ancient times in China.
Though its rules are simple, go provides a more sophisticated pleasure.
It is played by two players on a square board with 19 vertical lines, 19 horizontal lines, and 361 intersections.
The two players alternately place stones of their color, either black or white, and compete in taking stones by surrounding as much territory as possible.
The player with the most territory is the winner.
There are literallv thousands of different tactics in the game, and there is always the possibility of a dramatic comeback.