I’m coming back to Go after a hiatus of a couple of years. I learned the game in high school and played it off and on. Without anybody to play with, my only option was to play online which causes my anxiety to go through the roof. Playing was never consistent for me because of this. Still I stuck with it through college but never decided to dedicate a good amount of time to it.
Just yesterday I decided to jump in again and break through my fear of playing online. It was hard until I decided to support the site in order to get some game analytics to help me learn. Turns out that my anxiety for online play is rapidly disappearing because I’m benefitting from my loses. Suddenly I’m enjoying this far more than before.
I’m starting off on 9x9 boards because they’re quick and allow me to practice during down time at work. I’d like to play 19x19 however. My plan is to understand some fundamentals in the 9x9 and then graduate to 13x13 on weekends when I have more time and then eventually to 19x19. Though I wouldn’t be opposed to a correspondence game in 19x19.
So anyway, just thought I’d introduce myself and extend an invite to players both stronger and weaker than me for a game. From what I understand, my opponents can utilize my analytics after a game. If that is something of interest to you, then by all means let’s play!
Pleasure to be back and see that the community is doing well