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'Bernard Wingrave'
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Someone has posted to Yahoo Answers, requesting advice (for two newbies) on learning to play Go. I could do with some advice myself, as I am interested in the game, but I have yet to actually play.

Anyway, the question is posted at

http://tinyurl.com/y2fq8k

Any experienced types want to lend a hand?
 
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The best thing to do is go to Kiseido Go Sever (KGS) and jump into the fun.

www.kiseido.com

There's an internet server where many games are being played at any moment on any day. The server is split into "rooms." These rooms are to help people find like minded people to chat with and play go.

There is a BoardGameGeek room on KGS. If I'm online I'm there and would be more than happy to help newbies out. I'm not a particularly good player but can help someone learn the basics.
 
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This is my Go page
http://www.mrbass.org/boardgames/abstractstrategy/go/
I cover lots of newbie material.
 
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There are a couple of approaches you can take. Going online's convenient, but if there's a club in your area, that's even better. Usually a couple people there will be happy to introduce you to the game.

If you want to start with the basic rules, try http://senseis.xmp.net/?RulesOfGoIntroductory . You can explore from there on the wiki - there's a lot of good information at the site.

As far as starting out, you should begin on a smaller board (9x9 rather than 19x19). It'll be hard enough to keep track of all the possibilities there, so don't feel like you're handicapping yourself. Speaking of which, there's no shame in taking a handicap, either - players stronger than you or I will ever be do the same thing in their games.

To help get comfortable in how to play, you can download a program like Igowin to practice with. Don't rely on it exclusively, since you may end up with some bad habits, but when starting out, it's another nice resource to have.

Getting a book to lead you through the basic concepts will help as well. Janice Kim's Teach Yourself Go series is supposed to be good, and some bookstores actually carry it (my personal experience has Barnes & Noble carrying a much better selection than other places).

Playing online is good for practice, though I wouldn't have the patience to sit through a lesson with someone typing a bunch of messages at me. The format seems to lend itself more to lectures and demonstrations than interactive learning; finding someone in real life would be more beneficial from that standpoint. On the other hand, you can watch lots of people play and review your games easily since they get saved on the server.

Finally, be patient! Go takes a long time to wrap your head around. Little by little, though, you'll start recognizing positions and patterns as you play, and know what to do. There's always more to learn, but it's quite rewarding if you stick with it.
 
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And there's the ever popular interactive web tutorial here:

http://playgo.to/interactive/
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I'm going to second the suggestion to find a local Go club. And if I were in Cincinnati, I'd try the Cincinnati Go Club listed on this page: http://www.usgo.org/cgi-bin/chapters.cgi?state=OH#listing

There really is no substitute for having an experienced player talk play with you while teaching you about the game.
 
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hacksword wrote:
Lose your first fifty stones as quickly as possible.


You mean games.

-MMM
 
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KGS is the #1 web site for playing go over the internet. Visit now!
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Tompy wrote:
The best thing to do is go to Kiseido Go Sever (KGS) and jump into the fun.

www.kiseido.com
A couple months ago the URL changed. http://www.gokgs.com/ is the best one now!
 
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Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions. I posted a link to this thread over on Yahoo, so the original poster there can check out what you wrote.
 
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sbszine wrote:
And there's the ever popular interactive web tutorial here:

http://playgo.to/interactive/

I just made it through the interactive tutorial and the brain burning life and death problems at the end. I wish I understood better the ramifications of the problems, puzzling over them after the fact I can see the finer points, but I solve them by brute force. Sigh... 25 kyu.
 
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I've just got interested in the game my self and I starting by downloading a free computer version of the game. This helps me see all the different ways of surrounding an opponent (OK, I see how to get surrounded) and get a feel for opening moves. Best way to learn is to loose and I have learned soooooo much.

 
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wmshub wrote:
A couple months ago the URL changed. http://www.gokgs.com/ is the best one now!

I just registered to play, but am having trouble finding any kind of ettiquette rules for the rooms. Are teaching games labeled as such (when hovering over the board size, it says either teaching, free, or review)?

I'm hoping to get into some teaching games, but if I don't see one looking to start, do I just ask in the chat at the bottom?
 
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