People keep making comparisons between Chess and Go,
but the more I play, the more I am convinced that the
two games are fundamentally different. This is a simple
statement of some of those differences.
Please note that some of the points made below are
technically untrue, either all or some of the time.
For example, inplaying a handicap game, you start off
with a few pieces on the board. But the board is
nearly empty, and the point I am making is true
In chess, you begin with all the pieces on the board;
in go, you begin with no pieces on the board.
In chess, pieces are removed; in go, pieces are added.
In chess, pieces move; in go, pieces stay where they
are first placed.
In chess, you aim to capture; in go, you aim to share.
In chess, the game is finished when you defeat your
opponent; in go, the game is finished when it is complete.
In chess, there are many types of piece with different
values and capabilities; in go, every piece is the same,
distinguished only by the player who placed it on the board.