Go resources

What is go?

Go is one of the oldest board games in existence, and holds a similar cultural place in several Asian countries as Chess does in Europe. It appeals to many for its combination of having very simple rules and taking a lifetime to master. Despite its old age, the game continues to evolve, and recent developments in artificial intelligence have led to many new strategies and insights in the last few years.

Learn to play

For complete beginners we recommend the following video as a general introduction.

Do you think you get it? Try an online game beating a bot on 9×9 (level 0) and see the ‘resources’ section for more. Confused but interested? Come to a club night and you will always find someone happy to explain.

History of go

Go was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. It spread to Korea and Japan by the 7th century and had a strong cultural influence in both. A surprising number of game records and stories remain with titles such as “the ear-reddening game“, or stories about go prodigies in these countries centuries ago.

Resources

Beginner

The recommended way to learn go is to start playing other people quickly and apply what you learn in real games, rather than try to learn everything at once.

For an introduction to the rules, basic tactics and strategy, we recommend one of the following tutorials:

Play online

The most popular and accessible English go server is the Online Go Server (OGS).

YouTube channels

  • Nick Sibicky is a go teacher, and particularly the older videos on his channel contain good beginner and intermediate level tutorials on a wide range of topics.

Discord

There are various active online communities where you can always ask questions and get your games reviewed, including the Open Study Room and Beginner Go.

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