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  Kids ditch computers for board game
Updated 31 July 2002, 12.02

A brand new craze is sweeping Japan, but it's 4,000 years old!

  Click here to find out how to play Go

The board game which is tearing kids away from their computer screens is called Go, and became a hit with kids after it was featured in a Manga comic.

Fact File
Go facts
It's called Wei Ch'i in China
It's one of the oldest games (along with Backgammon) still played in its original form
25 million people worldwide are fans of Go
One of the old names for Go used to mean hand conversation
The game, which was invented in China, has been popular for ages but it's usually older people who play it.

Patience and curiosity

Now thousands of children are turning up to lessons to learn to play the ancient game.

It's a game of patience and curiosity and experts say it helps brain development and creativity, unlike computer games they say!

But will it catch on here? Watch this space!

Have you heard of Go or have you ever played it? What do you think? Will it catch on here? Send us your comments using the form below.

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