Openings in 9x9 for Beginners

Hi there,
I am pretty new to this game. Just learned it a week ago, and it is quite fun. I already see some shapes, too. But I have a feeling that my games are determined very early because I don’t claim enough territory during the first moves. Sometimes, the opponent even puts me under pressure so that I have to react and cannot spread in the first couple of moves. What are typical moves during the beginning of the game and how do I prevent my opponent to claim too much territory in the start, especially when my opponent begins?

Thank you in advance!

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Hi, welcome to Go and OGS.

You can find a collection of common openings at Play Go at online-go.com! | OGS (new AI version) and Play Go at online-go.com! | OGS (older version using games by Professionals). Both 9x9 opening collections are made by @mark5000.

If you want to become good at 9x9 there is also 81 Lions by Immanuel deVillers with explanations about the different 9x9 openings and general strategy on 9x9.


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Perfect, that was helpful! Thanks for sharing! :slight_smile:

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This may interest you as well.

All Good 9x9 Openings: All Good 9x9 Openings (online-go.com)

EDIT: No longer private. Thanks @teapoweredrobot.

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@mark5000 that says “puzzle not found or inaccessible” when I try it

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