Go ranks and ratings

Go Ranks And Ratings

Go ranks and ratings

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Skill in the traditional board game Go is measured by a number of different national, regional and online ranking and rating systems. Traditionally, go rankings have been measured using a system of dan and kyu ranks. Especially in amateur play, these ranks facilitate the handicapping system, with a difference of one rank roughly corresponding to one free move at the beginning of the game. With the ready availability of calculators and computers, rating systems have been introduced. In such systems, a rating is rigorously calculated on the basis of game results.

Kyu and Dan ranks

Traditionally, the level of players has been defined using kyu and dan ranks. Kyu ranks are considered student ranks. Dan ranks are considered master ranks. In martial arts, 1st dan is the equivalent of a black belt. The very best players may achieve a professional dan rank.

The rank system is tabulated from the lowest to highest ranks:

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