I want to play better!

If you've got a teacher then you should always listen to what he/she says is appropriate for you. The following assumes that you, sadly, have relatively little opportunity to play against other players or perhaps you want to get a head advantage of the other players in your group?

I do not know how to Play

Visit our What is Go? page which gives you links to the right kind of material and some short videos.

I know the Rules, but nothing else

Have you played Capture Go? It's not a full game of Go, but it's good at getting you familiar quickly with capturing stones (and saving them), which is fundamental to the game. It's especially good for introducing younger players, who's attention span can be shorter than adults, to the game.

Visit our Capture Go page to follow this up with a couple of options for you to play against a computer.

I know the Rules, but not a lot more

Why not try the tips produced for the UK Go Challenge? They're not just tips, but include problems and answers.

At this level some people find that playing against a computer programme on a 9x9 board is helpful. The best of them is Igowin (Igowin Tutor for iPhone/iPad/iPod) which is a free version of Many Faces of Go.

If you want to play someone else on a 9x9 or 13x13 board and can't find one locally (or they're not available when you'd like them to be) then you could try the GoQuest program (iPhone/iPad only). This is very nice, connecting to a Go Server (in China we believe) and you'll be playing people at your level of play almost all the time. It also provides a continuous assessment of your level of play - quite addictive really!

We also have a set of 33 problem sheets in Word format, contained in a zip file, for you. The problems were produced by Paul Smith for the Cambridge Junior Chess and Go Club, but are suitable for all ages.

Greg Reid of Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline, Scotland created some problem sheets ( Microsoft Word format) for his own pupils, but has generously allowed them to be made available for general use. Each sheet provides the answers to the previous sheet (apart from problem 10).

Problem 1 Problem 2 Problem 3 Problem 4 Problem 5
Problem 6 Problem 7 Problem 8 Problem 9 Problem 10

I've played some 19x19 games (I'm 20-30 kyu)

You have tried these haven't you? The tips produced for the UK Go Challenge? They're not just tips, but include problems and answers, and you'll probably get something out them if you go through them a second time!

There's a life and death problem website to visit called GoProblems.Com. It starts off easy, but will trouble the best of our players with the most difficult problems...

For an American touch you might want to try the following free book: River Mountain Go Series vol. 1

But why don't you have a look at what we say about Go books as there's something for every level of player?

I just want to get better (I'm 10-20 kyu)

At this level there are a plethora of resources, but make sure you've already had a look at the resources we've mentioned above before going on further. This linked page provides a guide to some of these resources.

Last updated Tue Nov 24 2015. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.