Welcome to St Albans Go Club!

If you are thinking of coming to play with us one Wednesday, please click here to see who else is coming.

You are about to enter the fascinating world of GO — the best and most challenging game in the world.

If you accept the challenge, you will be a General in command of an army assigned to occupy as much as possible of an uninhabited island — the Goban, or GO board.

The origins of GO are lost in the ancient mists of time, somewhere between 3 and 4 thousand years ago, in the neighbourhood of Tibet. From the Chinese Court it eventually found its way, in the middle ages, to the Court of the Japanese Emperor, under the name of Igo.

Emmanuel Lasker, who was World Chess Champion from 1894 to 1921, is reported to have said it was a better game than Chess and he regretted coming to Go too late. But it's lot too late to learn to play to a standard where you can enjoy yourself.  It is said that GO isn't a matter of life and death: it is much more serious than that!

But, really, you can be sure of having lots of fun at the St Albans GO Club, every Wednesday evening from 8:00 to 11.20 p.m. Come and join us; let us teach you to play. Even as a beginner you will learn very quickly — and you will be made very welcome. Please check the attendance register to check players for that date, so you can see who is planning to attend. See this page.