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Hi,

Just started learning Go, and bought some cheap stones. Each color has approx 125 stones, do you think these are enough for 19x19?

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ah3Dog wrote:
Hi,

Just started learning Go, and bought some cheap stones. Each color has approx 125 stones, do you think these are enough for 19x19?

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The Go info page here on the Geek states 181 black and 180 white stones (total = 19x19), so looks like you need more.
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Chrysm wrote:
ah3Dog wrote:
Hi,

Just started learning Go, and bought some cheap stones. Each color has approx 125 stones, do you think these are enough for 19x19?

Thx


The Go info page here on the Geek states 181 black and 180 white stones (total = 19x19), so looks like you need more.
You are correct, but that number is based on covering every intersection on the board. You will never have to use that many.
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250 moves isn't an abnormal number for a game, so you will run short sooner or later. If you're just learning you are better off on a smaller board anyway.
 
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droberts441 wrote:
Chrysm wrote:
ah3Dog wrote:
Hi,

Just started learning Go, and bought some cheap stones. Each color has approx 125 stones, do you think these are enough for 19x19?

Thx


The Go info page here on the Geek states 181 black and 180 white stones (total = 19x19), so looks like you need more.
You are correct, but that number is based on covering every intersection on the board. You will never have to use that many.


Yes, no doubt. 125 stones each does seem a bit thin though - only covers two thirds of the board. Still, if you're just starting out those are plenty for playing skirmish on a 9x9 or 13x13 board.
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If you run out, you can usually exchange prisoners to recover a handful of stones.

Edit: You could also include dead stones on the board as prisoners as long as they are really dead and impossible to use as ko threats.
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Thanks all for your replies.

At the end, I went to Chinatown (in Vancouver) again to grab another set of stones (cheap gem stones) for $6CAD.

i.e. Hard Board (19x19, 17 inches) + 2 sets of stones (now, at least 240 per color)= approx $25CAD (after taxes). It's ok, better than those small ones in eBay, I guess

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Adult-Chinese-Go-Game-Set-Foldable-Ch...

Merry Christmas and God Bless!
 
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Traditionally a set has 361 stones, enough to perfectly fill the board. It is possible (but quite unlikely) a game will have so many captures it goes past 361 moves. However 250 is nowhere close to enough. You need at least 320.
 
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I would say 250 is close to enough. Typical games will average 250 moves, so that many will often suffice, but if 250 is average it means a good half of games will go over that number, so 250 will frustrate you noticably often. 300 should be safe for most games, its pretty rare to need more than that, but does happen. With 350 you are basically guaranteed to have enough.
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I am starting to learn Go from scratch, and thought about buying a set with only 320 stones. I know that nobody ever uses 361 stones, but I'm not totally sure that 320 would be enough for all occasions, especially in games between new players like me. Woul it be safe to buy only 320 stones?

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320 stones will be plenty, needing more than that is probably going to occur in less than 1% of games.
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sabaki wrote:
320 stones will be plenty, needing more than that is probably going to occur in less than 1% of games.


Good to know. Thanks!
 
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