Buying Go Equipment and Supplies

Go equipment can be hard to find in stores, and good equipment is even harder. If you want to buy in person, and your local game store has nothing to your liking, you can try shops that specialize in Asian gifts or arts and crafts. Look around and ask for go (Japanese), baduk (Korean), or wei ch'i/weiqi (Chinese). Go books, especially for more advanced players, are also few and far between in bookstores. In both cases, your best source for equipment may be online. We hope you will find this information and these links useful in your search.


The three vendors listed below have published, among them, more than 200 volumes of excellent go instruction in English, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the aspiring Western player go player. Check out the AGA's annotated bibliography, where you'll also find links to more information about these books.


Go playing equipment varies widely in quality. You can get a good basic set, with a thin wooden board and plastic stones and bowls, for under $50; or spend a little more for thicker, more fine-grained wood and heavier, thicker glass stones. The best equipment can cost $1000's. Honored artisans such as the Miwa family make fine boards according to a long family tradition, while other manufacturers such as Korye Myengban create boards with elaborately inlaid grids. Top-quality stones, such as those made by Kurokigoishi are generally made from slate and clamshell. It is also possible to purchase custom-made stones cut from semi-precious gems. To learn much more, you can consult Wikipedia's "go equipment page".

Get the best equipment you can afford, it will enhance your enjoyment of the game. Avoid cheap imitations! The stones should be lens-shaped or flat on one side (Yunzi style), and they should be large enough to touch when placed on adjacent intersections. These are mostly US-based companies, but for the convenience of other Western go lovers we have also listed European and Australian sources.

  • Yellow Mountain Imports: Vendor of boards, stones, and bowls from Yunnan, China. Carries genuine Yunzi stones and a variety of boards made from kaya, shin kaya, and bamboo.

  • BadukClub Store : US based seller of hand refurbished vintage equipment from Japan. As well as wholesale pricing for quality but affordable boards, stones, clocks, and teaching supplies. Perfect for beginners all the way to pros!

  • 6 Brothers Baduk: Korean based seller of go equipment.

  • Kurokigioshi: Sometimes has outstanding deals on high quality equipment.

  • Korye Myengban: Very expensive Korean inlayed grid boards. Yes, those four-to-six figure prices are in dollars.

  • Go Shop Keima formerly Schaak en Go Winkel het Paard: Go vendor based in the Netherlands.

  • Algorithmic Artisan: Semi-precious go stones for the serious collector.

  • KimonoQuilt Australia: Website in Australia for stones, bowls, and refinished gobans. The site is owned by Bill Camp, formerly of the Seattle Go Center.

  • Miniature Market: US based board game store.

Online Tools

Software and online tools can be found on the software and programs page.

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