Beginner learning to play Go?

I've been interested in learning the game, i play chess regularly but go is a completely different game. I've learned the basic rules of the games but once we finish placing the first 10 or so stones, when i'm attacked i try to play out of it but always end up cornered, whenever i try to attack i always end up at a dead end. Does anyone know where i can find some materials for a beginner to learn Go, also is there a program which will let me play the cpu with varying lvls of difficulties/handicaps. The few games i'm talking about i played online straight after learning the rules, i think i was far too eager to play and not ready for any games yet.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's commonly said that "you should lose your first 100 games as quickly as possible." Basically, the easiest way to get used to the basic concepts is to play a lot of games. To make this easier you should probably be doing it on a smaller board, preferably 9x9. If you don't feel like going up against other players right away, you can try practicing on igowin, a free, 9x9 version of a more expansive piece of software. You can get igowin at http://www.smart-games.com/igowin.html

    You may also find other useful resources at the beginner's section on Sensei's Library (a go wiki).

    http://senseis.xmp.net/?PagesForBeginners

    The community on KGS (Kiseido Go Server) can be helpful to beginners as well. The KGS Teaching Ladder and Beginners' Room usually have a fair number of people on at any point who are more than happy to help out weaker players. You can get to kgs from http://www.gokgs.com/

    Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Probably the best way to learn the basics of the game is with a good book. imo, web sites are really not a substitute for a good book.

    If you google "books about the game go", you can see what books are out there. Or go to a good book store (Barnes and Noble will have a decent selection of Go books) and browse through their books on the subject and see what appeals to you.

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