20 Kyu game review

This is a game that I played as I was getting started on KGS and I totally got destroyed by a 19 kyu. The review you are about to read now will help to clarify some concepts or will even give you new ideas about how you wish to approach the game. Just remember always that my analysis is personal, there is nobody who has the perfect knowledge of the game. I also didn’t talk about everything but picked out the parts that looked more important:  enjoy ^^

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Learning to play go: The KO rule

Welcome to the last lesson for beginners. A lot of things can happen on the go board and one of the most complicated situations is the following:

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In situation A, when it’s white’s turn to play, he can capture the black stone that is in ATARI (Has only one liberty). If he does that then they will end up in situation B, and this time black can capture the white stone who is in ATARI, and this will lead back to situation A, where…. Well in short if the two players want, they can stay stuck in this loop forever. Luckily for us, someone can up with a ko rule. This rule does not allow any player to bring the board back to the previous board situation.

This means that when white captures black in situation A, that black can not recapture the white stone on the next move. He first has to play a move somewhere else on the board, so that on his next  turn the whole board situation will have changed and that he can finally capture the white stone that will be in ATARI (Situation B).

There you have it, All the rules have been explained. Play fair and enjoy the game.

Learning to play Go: Life and death

We just learned how one’s stones can be surrounded and ‘killed’. Forgive the somewhat agressive language but in times go can become an aggressive game. The most inportant rule to remember is that every stone or groups of stones which are in ATARI (who have only one liberty left) can get killed in one move by the other player.

The reason why you need to know this is the following:

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 In the first case of A, we have a group of black stones which are not in immediate danger of being caught. A white move at A is not even allowed that’s how crazy it is. This is because if white would put a stone there then his stone would be on the board with no liberties… which means it would be dead straight away. This point in a formation where the other player is not allowed to play is called an EYE. Continue reading

Learning to play go: Territory

After learning that go is (mostly) a two player game, where one player uses the black stones and the other player white ones, then you are ready to learn the existence of territory. This is a very important concept because the winner of the game is the person who has managed to surround the most territory. Here are 3 examples of territories:

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Here are three examples of how one can close of his territory. A is for the corners, B is for the side and C is for the center. Continue reading

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Bestestest ladies and gentelman,

This is a blog about go (the board game). It’sfor all who are intrested in the game and for all who do not know the game yet.

All who have questions, remarks or comments can feel free to say what they want, It’s by charing our experiences that we become wiser faster ^^