The 2008 Fall semester at UCF began this week, and (by coincidence or not) the club saw a large block of potential new members attending last night. I hope they will all return.
It occurred to me that it might be helpful to mention a few resources to those new to the game of Go. I jotted a few things here, but I encourage any other members to leave comments on this post with their own ideas (assuming anyone other than me reads this site).
I’ve found Janice Kim’s book series very good for getting started. They are easy and quick reads, and even looking at the first volume should jump-start a beginner quite a bit.
- Learn to Play Go: A Master’s Guide to the Ultimate Game (Volume I)
- Ms. Kim also has a few basic lessons available for free on the Samarkand website
- The AGA‘s website has a downloadable edition of the very famous pamphlet “The Way To Go“, as well as other online resources for learning the game
- There’s also quite a bit at GoBase
- KGS is a very popular go server with people of all strengths
- There’s a Florida “room” on KGS where you are likely to “see” other members of our club
- A couple of us play on a turn-based / correspondence server called OGS
- Another, popular real-time server is IGS
- Most of us suggest avoiding sites like Yahoo Games