An application brought to you by the Strasbourg Go Club to discover the Game of Go

Game rule

To make the game of Go easier to learn for the children from grammar school, a method of introduction based on a simplified rule has been developed for more than fifteen years in the school "Collège Saint-Etienne". This rule is now known all over the world as the "Strasbourg rule of the game of Go". A flash animation and a video introduce it.


An animation has been created in 2000 by Damien Berget and Raphaël Nicolas during their last studying year in the "Collège Saint-Etienne".

Clic on a flag to download (only for PC running Windows):

French video version:

A video that explains the rule

A vidéo was made in 2008 by Frédéric Donzet. The rule is explained by Nyoshi Cao and Antoine Fenech, several times French pairgo (mixed pairs) champions.

Clic on the picture to download the video:

Image from the video presenting the rule of go

Play on PC and MAC with STRASGO

Created in 2015, StrasGo is a teaching application that allows the beginners to play on a small board with the Strasbourg rule.

There is a two players mode or you can play against the artificial intelligence Pachi which has been tweaked to play the Strasbourg rule with a short thinking time.

Despite those conditions, its level is quite strong.

StrasGo indicates the forbidden moves (suicide rule, ko rule).

StrasGo counts the number of stones on the board for you at the end of the game.

We are developing a version of StrasGo playing on 13x13 and "Capture 5 stones" rule.

This version is optimised for good PC configurations.

If you have trouble with downloading or installing StrasGo, complementary information are available on the Help page.