Well, I’ve been studying Go for three weeks now, and want to get good enough to appreciate what is going on a little bit better. To that end I am going to keep a journal tracking my study patterns and progress.
Currently I am learning with gomagic, which is very structured, and the badukpop app - https://badukpop.com/ which is addictive fun. They both have good free content, but I will probably subscribe to gomagic once I have finished the free courses. I already subscribed to badukpop, because as I said it is addictive, and it was very cheap for the year. Fortunately the layout is clear and it plays on a tablet (I need a large screen since I am partially sighted.)
Gomagic also has a ‘learning tree’ with practice sets; this is incredibly useful, and supplement the video lessons nicely. Their Rules of Go course was very clear and got me playing, but I sm struggling more with the concepts in the next course, The Fundamentals of Go, 13×13. I have rewatched a few of the videos and had to research the ideas elsewhere for reinforcement. This isn’t a fault of the course, it’s just a case of tired brain and an old dog learning new tricks. I know it will get easier as I play more games.
Another course which seems helpful is the Clossi approach. https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5mVjO5OFYSymMy2Mixl7E5vpwFDO_0B4 Thanks you guys in the kyu study group for suggesting it.
In addition I am playing several times a day. Unfortunately I am still so weak that I barely know how to do a post game post mortem, which I know from chess is one of the best ways to improve.
I’m having a teaching game at the moment, and am very grateful to the teacher!
So, in summary:
- Lessons on gomagic and badukpop.
- Learning Tree on gomagic, puzzles on badukpop, https://online-go.com/ (and puzzle sets as recommended by users here.)
- Playing 9×9 games here, on badukpop,
I am playing on here several times a day, also at https://online-go.com/ Unfortunately at my level it’s hard to find other players, so I’ve been playing bots. I know they’ll play weirdly, so I hope I am not developing bad habits.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Any other advice?
Oh, yes - I can’t figure out how to interpret my statistics. What do the different colours on the graph stand for, and how can you tell of you’re improving? I can sometimes beat the weakest bot, but surely that doesn’t count for much. I’d sooner lose to humans who can tell me what I’m doing wring and how to improve!