Two people sit down to play a game. One is an old man who has spent all of his life playing this game, which is called Go. The other is a young woman. She has only been playing Go for three years.

Do the Preparation task first. Then go to Text and read the poem or story (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity.

Task 2

Decide if each of the following statements about the story is true or false.


Task 3

How much do you know about board games? Match the words at the top to their definitions.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


I have never played Go Game. This game looks like interesting, but I don´t undertand de way to play after reading this story.
I have played a lot of board games, like chess, backgamon, parchis, and others.

I think that there is something wrong with the picture in the text. The picture shows the Backgammon game, not Go.

Hello mrmaximuzz,

You are, of course, right! Thank you for noticing this and pointing it out for us. I will let our technical team know so they can change the picture to something more appropriate.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone! In my experience, I didn’t know the game Go until this exercise, but recently I did start to play chess. Before I did think those games were very difficult but now I really enjoy it.

i actually didnt know about Go game but after reading the article is known to me how can you play or start this game. From my childhood i played most common chess and draughts on the board. To play the draughts is easy to me and i found this game of sport very usefull for our brain. physical exercises. good luck all!!!

until one player can take no more stones.
i think sir it is better to say "until one player cannot take more stone" rather "until one player can take no more stone" because the first one that i point out it is more expressive isn't it?

This game is very very simple, and very very complicated.
we could say " very two time "is it correct sir?
that i knew i should say very well..

Hello imene1984,

No, I'm afraid 'very two time' is not intelligible in standard English. To be honest, I don't know what you might mean by it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team,
Thank you for sharing this thought provoking story, here is my answer to your questions. Back when I had more free time, I played chess and some parlour games, but I wasn´t obsessed by them. From experience, I can share that by playing these kinds of games, you can learn something about the other person. Their strategy to solve a problem, their attitude towards the opponents and their perspective on winning or losing. It took me a while to find out whose point of view might be right for me. On the one hand, the modern society admires "winners", on the other hand, winning is just a short period of time in life. Moreover, the winner of today could be the looser of tomorrow because of the life circumstances changing or the perspective shift on what kind of life is worth living. The persuit of winning seems to be very strange. Well, if beating someone in a game makes a person content, it´s good for them. But personally, I have a lot of things which are of higher priority to me. In the first place, it is of course my family and friends.

"And then they decided that is was better to have a game than have a war". Sorry! why "is" and not "it"? Is it a grammar rule that I don't know or a typo?
Anyway, the story is great as all the Rose's stories. Young people worry only to win, but when they grow up -like me- they like doing things with style. At the end I agree with the man “Change is a necessary part of life”. Sorry for any English mistakes. Cheers.