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How to learn to play Go?

 
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I mean, i understand the rules (most of them). The terminology in the other two fourms are a little confusing...

But my real question is what are good resources for learning strategy and so on? i see 4 stones on a board, and folks are saying "oh, well he's got a strong base over here, but he's going to be challenged by the other stones over there..."

and i just think to myself "What???"

are there good teaching books/software? i'v been to the Interactive Way to Go, and am looking for the next step...
 
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Well, there are a few different colors, like yellow, red, and I think blue. Always remember to put them back in their cans when you are done, so that it doesn't harden.

So when you take them out of their cnas, then you can shape them into anything your imagination can create. There are also different factories that they sell too.

Oh, wait, I'm sorry, I was talking about Play Doh, not play Go! Sorry.

Mark
 
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lol... i was reading this, thinking "he replied to the wrong thread". i didn't figure it out until you explained it..
 
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http://senseis.xmp.net/?PagesForBeginners

You can see life games here: http://kgs.kiseido.com/ (play go now).
An applet opens.
You don't have to play yourselve. Just double click on one of the open games and you can watch others playing.

If you know the rules, Janice Kim: The Way of the Moving Horse (Learn to Play Go, Volume II) is good choice.
[ January 26, 2006: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
 
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The Janice Kim series of books are great. Once you know the rules, "The Second Book of Go" by Bozulich I think is great. Then, if you want more, get the 7 books in the elementary Go series. After that there are about 1000 really great books
 
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Download TurboGo for Windows

there is computer player in the software. play 9x9 first, hen 13x13, 19x19.

the computer player is not very good (good one does not exist yet), but at least, you will learn what GO is all about and know your way around.
 
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GnuGo plays at about 8-9 kyo strength.
Thats way stronger than me for example.
You can use handycap.
http://www.gnu.org/software/gnugo/gnugo.html
GnuGo can be plugged in easily in gGo.
http://panda-igs.joyjoy.net/java/gGo/
 
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Igowin is gold. Really. Gold.

Then, I suggest you just start playing people on KGS (start at like 30 kyu).
 
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I've found the best way to learn is to play. Fortunately, I have found a club in my area that gets together once a week. I've definitely learned more strategies playing in person than by playing online.

Layne
 
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I am happy to do JavaRanch lessons or online lessons.
 
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we could play a Javaranch World League tournament.

For simplicity:
4 groups of players
1. 30 k and better
2. 20 k and better
3. 10 k and better
4. 5 k and better.

A group 2 player gives 4 handicap to a group 1 player.
A group 3 player gives 4 handicap to a group 2 player.
A group 4 player gives 4 handicap to a group 3 player.
A group 4 player gives 8 handicap to a group 2 player.
A group 4 player gives 9 handicap to a group 1 player.
etc.

We can play on kgs or igs. (I prefer kgs).
I am 17k.

Axel
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Having seen it action on others, I believe that this is the hands-down number one best way to learn.
  • Find someone who knows the rules even if they're a very low-level player.
  • Ask them to go to http://www.sentex.net/~mmcadams/teachgo/ and follow that method with you.


  • The method on that page depends on someone who knows the rules and will reveal the steps to the beginner a little at a time. Anyone who tries to do it themselves will undoubtedly skip steps, which will ruin the whole thing.

    I'm serious.
     
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