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Chapter 7: Go
Summary: How I Learned to Play Go
- I learned the basic rules of the game.
- I purchased a goban, stones, and several books on Go strategy aimed at beginners.
- I found several ways of studying the most important strategic principles by working on ranked Go problems, both in a computer program and in books.
- I focused my initial practice on solving ranked problems, repeating the exercises I couldn’t answer or explain on the first try.
- I practiced problems and played games until I hit 20 hours. At that point, I was comfortably solving 20 kyu problems, an improvement of 15 ranks from the beginner rank of 35 kyu.
How to Play Go Online
If you're curious about playing a game of Go to see what it's like, here's a nice online program that doesn't require installing special software.
Play Go Online via "Go vs. Go"
Wang Jixin's "Ten Golden Rules of Go"
- “The greedy do not get success.”
- “Be unhurried to enter opponent’s territory.”
- “Take care of oneself when attacking the other.”
- “Discard a stone to gain sente.”
- “Abandon small to save big.”
- “When in danger, sacrifice.”
- “Make thick shape, avoid hasty moves.”
- “A move must respond to the opponent.”
- “Against strong positions, play safely.”
- “Look for peace, avoid fighting in an isolated or weak situation.”
The "Five Stone" Questions
- Can I ensure one of my groups lives? (By forming two eyes, connecting, etc.)
- Can I kill one of my opponent's groups?
- Can I secure my territory?
- Can I invade my opponent's territory?