I don't know exactly where you are, but here's the beginnings of a guide
I want to write sometime soon to learning Go from the beginning:
Start with The Interactive Way To Go.
the next step is to make doubly sure that you're really, really clear
on the following basic game mechanics: eyes, false eyes, and Japanese
scoring (i.e. you understand how playing inside your territory costs you
point(s) and how removing already-dead stone(s) by filling their
liberties doesn't otherwise affect the score except that playing inside
your territory costs you point(s)).
Then, two brief items:Next, I would call the areas of focus Life & Death, Basic Instinct, and Strategy:
- Life & Death
Do tsumego to train reading. Five tsumego once a day is more effective than a hundred once a week.
In addition to being a heuristic while reading, Hane, Cut, Placement
also describes how to play when you can't read it all out. The orthodox
way to kill is to reduce the eyespace until there is a single vital
point. Hane is most common way to reduce eyespace. If there are defects
in the defender's boundary stones, cutting may result in a fatal
reduction. As for placement, even when there's more than one potential
point for partition, a placement at one such point may simultaneously
threaten to occupy the remaining potential partition point and also
threaten to connect out (or falsify a potential eye by crosscutting, or
- Some basic instincts; some basic two-color shapes
Unfortunately I've found no such article on one-color shapes that's
short enough to recommend, so I'll make a few remarks here. I'll
restrict myself to three-stone shapes.
This is the empty triangle, which is inefficient and usually bad:
If a white stone is on the marked point, it's not the empty triangle and
the proverb doesn't apply. If a black stone is on the marked point,
it's even more inefficient and bad. See the linked page for more about
the empty triangle.
Here are some standard, efficient shapes to pay attention to and experiment with:
*Not a widespread term.
**Not a widespread term; unrelated to the tripod group!
***Not sure if widespread term.
- Strategy: Shygost's Three Questions