Participants at the Go Game Club’s April meeting at Tyngsboro Public Library.
Participants at the Go Game Club's April meeting at Tyngsboro Public Library.

TYNGSBORO -- Joining the ranks of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Dragonball, the latest game craze from Asia, known in the West as Go, has arrived at Tyngsboro Public Library. The Go Game Club for ages 5 through adult formed in April with starter kits provided to the club by the American Go Foundation. The library has also purchased books on how to play Go and the popular manga series the Hikaru no Go from Shonen Jump.

The game of Go is more than 4,000 years old -- the oldest boardgame still played in its original form. The rules are simple enough to be taught in a few minutes, yet can take a lifetime to master. Go is more complex and subtle than chess, improves memory, strategic thinking and intuition. Go was featured in the movies "A Beautiful Mind," "Pi," and, most recently, in the TV series "Teen Wolf."

The club meets the second Saturday of each month through June from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to drop in and learn to play Go and then challenge others. On May 10 and June 14, ages 5 through teen will meet from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by an adult session from noon to 1:30 p.m.

For information on Go, visit the American Go Association website at usgo.org/; Interactive Learn to Play Go at playgo.to/iwtg/en; or MA Go Association at massgo.org.