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There is a huge online go/baduk/weiqi presence, it's just not immediately obvious. Starting from scratch is easier if you can find your local go club and hook up with someone who will help you along. Go is weird like that. IN addition to the other resources mentioned in the thread, visit your local library, you might find the series of books by Janice Kim. Excellent for beginners. If they don't have them, invest in the books but buy from your local bookseller.
>It is incorrect to say you need external input to improve. You very much do not.
Technically no. But if you want to improve faster, it's definitely good to have some external input. Without that you can really totally overlook some fatal flaws in your game. I really don't know what books you've been reading, but when I started out, many of the books I read easily made me 2 stones stronger if not more. But you should definitely also play games still, so that you can apply what you're learning. Perhaps this was why it wasn't working for you?
So I wholeheartedly disagree. Main reasons:
Hello! I know I'm not the one you were asking, but you may be interested in the How to Play Go series of books. It was where I started and I have really enjoyed them. It starts from scratch and has some interesting factoids about go history and culture along the way. Cheers!
I've read through Janice Kim's series of go books and found those to be great help outside of playing with my Go group. Don't be afraid of playing small (9x9 boards) and playing online.
I had a similar problem when I was starting out. I read this book and found I had a much better grasp of the game and was able to progress.
I've had a lot of success with books but they aren't the be all end all. Playing games and reviewing is the best thing for you, books are supplemental. I don't see your rank flared, but the Learn to Play go series by Janice Kim are excellent and fairly inexpensive on Amazon.
If you're talking about this book, it is the first in a series of five very good books. All of them are by Janice Kim. I would start there. As for tsumego, there are a ton of resources online, but you may also want to check out Graded Go Problems for Beginners. I'd start with Vol 2 since it goes all the way down to 25 kyu.
Also play more games.
We are starting regular tournaments for this subreddit, you have missed out this time but in a few weeks we will start afresh, you should join in, we have several beginners taking part, plus you will get your games reviewed.
Also join your local club, it'll work wonders for your interest.
As for books this series are great for getting your head around the first concepts, if you buy why not share with your friends to lower the costs?
When i taught myself to play over a decade ago, i used this book series by Janice Kim.
Im sure there are plenty of free online options now, but im sadly not familiar with them.
Whatever you end up going with, come join us over at /r/baduk afterwards. If you have questions about end game state, scoring, etc. Feel free to post there, we usually get a fair number of these types of beginner questions and we are (usually) nice and helpful.
I’m very new as well. This book you can get digitally on the iOS app “go books” https://www.amazon.com/Learn-Play-Go-Masters-Ultimate/dp/1453632891
I’ve found it very helpful
>You've made a great choice deciding you want to play this game. It's awesome.
>The above book (it's a 5 part series) was my introduction and was very helpful for helping me get stronger. See my posts in :
>https://www.reddit.com/r/baduk/comments/bed32g/learn_to_play_go_post_brain_tumor_surgery_version/el76mlm/?context=8&depth=9 (click "show parent comments" to see the whole conversation)
>Also, I would recommend playing online, you can get more progress by playing (and reviewing) games with real people. I recommend KGS, the Kiseido Go Server, it's a pretty social Go server, so there's almost always people who will review your games with you, if you ask. I'm on there as LeGoSam if you'd like me to teach you, although I'm not too strong. ^^
>Anyway, I hope I can help this way!
Thanks so much!
Here's a book that's the first of a really great series that teaches you to play:
I'm a big fan of Janice Kim's Learn to Play Go series.