I apparently played a grand total of 2 games back in 2016, but I haven’t touched this website since then…until I remembered literally 5 minutes ago that it existed haha. So, by all intents and purposes, I consider myself as much of a new player as you can get. Seeing how I’ve been stuck in quarantine with nothing to do, I figured I’d give learning this game another shot.
There’s just one problem, though…I’m deathly afraid of just starting up a game with a random stranger without having at least a little idea of what I’m doing, and to make matters worse- I’m absolutely terrible at absorbing meaningful amounts of information through video and written tutorials alone. I do much better when I have someone I can ask questions to and get feedback from. I’m not afraid of making mistakes or losing, it’s just really anxiety-inducing to me when I’m thrust head-on into something I know absolutely nothing about.
If anyone knows of resources I can use to talk to an actual human, I would be very appreciative.
Hi & welcome. I am new to OGS myself though as a player I am not a beginner. There is a series in the “puzzle” section called “How to Play Go” by someone called BosukeSosuke which looks like a good elementary introduction to the game concepts. Also see “Exercises for Beginners” by Mark5000 and (when ready) try “Cho Chikun’s Encyclopedia of Life & Death”.
There are plenty of “Study Groups” as well for all levels on OGS including a “teaching league” which I might join myself.
Bottom line it depends how much time and effort you are prepared to commit.You can, and some do, study all day every day for years, but most people don’t. Learn from mistakes if you can. Above all, don’t get to hung up on it everyone starts out as a beginner and remember it is supposed to be fun!
Here are some ideas of what to do as a beginner.
Play some games on small boards against bots or other beginners; I recommend to play 9x9 ranked so that you wil get matched with other beginners. Don’t care about best moves or winning or losing, the goal for now is to get used to how to capture and avoid being captured.
In the “Problems” tab, find some problems that are for beginners (30k to 25k should be ok)
If you feel lost, post your games or the problems you don’t get here and people will be happy to help. But don’t try to understand everything with teaching or advanced stuff, the goal for now is to get used to the game.
PS: you can also try the chat tab, i don’t know how useful it is; in the forums you will almost always get help in a few hours.
I’v definitely try out against some of the bots, and I’ve already started some puzzles as well! once I get comfortable enough, I’ll definitely play against people and probably post my games when I need help. Thank you for the suggestions!
Yeah, if you put something like “do you have any suggestions on my play?” in the chat, the worst that will happen is that they’ll ignore you, but many players would be happy to provide constructive comments.