Well today I started playing people not bots. So far I played 7 games and lost 7. They were all on 9x9 boards where I am not overwhelmed by choices to start the game.
Foremost in my mind was keeping my stones connected and making two eyes. That must not be enough yet. My opponent invaded my territory.
We had more or less divided the board in half vertically. I’m sure I made several errors in playing but the biggest one was not protecting my vertical line where it shifted one line to the left. I didn’t protect from a diagonal cut which actually didn’t happen for a several moves. That was a break in linking that led to several stones being captured at once. That’s when I resigned.
The good part of the game came when I reviewed it and messed around with what happened. I actually found a way to prevent the loss and capture that my opponent’s stones.
Since l am so inexperienced at go my solution probably is not realistic, but it satisfied me.