Black has 5 points on the left and white has 10 points on the right.
Thus white wins by 5 points.
You can count the places as territories where a vertical and a horizontal line meet.
Corners and edges are also included.
Remember that stones are not counted as territories.
Why is the figure above considered to be finished?
Continuing from the above, assume that black makes a move inside the white's territory.
It seems white can easily capture that invader. See the left figure.
Thus black will not make such moves.
With that move, you reduced your own territory by 1 point. Nobody wants to do that!
Therefore, the uppermost figure is regarded to be the end of the game.
(Although sometimes you have to play inside your territory in order to make two eyes or to strengthen your wall.)
What about the 2 points in the middle? They are called "Dame" - neutral area - which belong to neither side.
You can play here if you want although you will neither gain nor lose a point.
- When both sides don't want to play anywhere and pass successively.
Then both territories are counted and the larger side wins.
Your final score is your territory on the board, plus the captures you have removed from the board.
- When either side thinks he can't win the game no matter how he plays, and
Unlike many other games, this is considered an honorable outcome. Playing on in the face of a crushing loss is not.
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