As a very recent beginner of the game I thought I might document my learning journey in the hope that it might help other beginners, and if any others have any criticisms/ comments that would be most welcome.
My starting point was “Learn to Play Go” volume 1 by Janice Kim - I bought the book 20 years ago and didn’t get very far with it, and never played a game - so I guess this isn’t the best advert for the book.
What I really struggled with, and am still not clear how to properly explain is how the game ends, and especially how (when two beginners are trying to start playing) you deal with the situation that you resolve a disagreement on what are dead stones.
Anyway I was lucky enough to meet another player a couple of weeks ago who explained how the game works and the gave me a couple of games.
He pointed me in this direction and suggested reading 81 lions:
I used to play a lot of chess and the best way to improve there is to review your games - same I think applies to this, so I’m trying to keep the habit of reviewing my games. I’m trying to find mistakes without the use of the computer, which isn’t easy, but just relying on the computer to point out your mistakes I don’t think is nearly as effective - particularly when you play the early games many mistakes are just missing the fact you can be taken, and you shouldn’t need a computer to spot these.
I’m also using “GoChild” - http://gochild2009.appspot.com/
Practising these tactics I assume will make a significant difference in the ability to spot tactics, and start understanding life and death, what shapes are dangerous etc etc its already leading to tangible benefits where I’m now able to play moves I wouldn’t have even thought of.
In the short term I’m planning on just solving the 900 Basic problems a few times until I “see” the solution rather than having to calculate it.
I’m solely playing 9x9 at the moment - not sure quite when I should transition up to the next level.
So two weeks in thats where I am now - I’ve got just broken through to 20k. Plan is to reread 81 lions a couple of times, keep up the tactics, and read some of the thread suggestions I’ve received in a previous post.