I have only just discovered the game of Go and i am already fascinated by it. i am hoping to use this website to improve my knowledge of the game, therefore i would be very grateful for any help along the way.
andywilliams82 No. thanks. i am currently playing on the Yahoo games server, is it possible for u to recomend a better one for the beginner.
Velirun: KGS is preferred by most (myself included). You can find it at kgs.kiseido.com. Hope to see you there soon!
Dan Argent: I'm new too. I avoided yahoo right off the bat, though, a freind of mine recomended KGS. very good place to play, I have learned a lot there.
andywilliams82 i have signed up for KGS and i must agree that it is the most enjoyable place to play. i like the way that more experianced players can teach less experianced p[layers in the teaching mode
andywilliams82 could anyone suggest any professional games that i could look at plaese and where i could find them, thanks.
Niklaus: Replaying pro games is a great way to learn. The level of pro play is so high, and there are so few mistakes, that just replaying the games and seeing all those almost perfect moves will make you stronger, even if you don't understand anything of what's going on (as will probably be the case if you are as new to the game as your page makes it appear). So it won't really matter what games you select. However, I recommend that you don't look at them on your computer, but to print them out as diagrams and replay them on a real board. The act of looking for the move on the diagram and physically placing it on the board makes the moves sink in much more deeply than just clicking away (at least that's been the case for me). I also recommend to replay the same game over and over until you almost know it by heart (by now it doesn't take that long until that happens, after three or four times I usually know at least the first 100 moves).
I get my pro game fix at either http://gobase.org, which has plenty of pro games and very nice printing features, or from books.
That said, pro games may teach you a sense for a balanced opening, good shape (very important) and act as a great source of inspiration (mostly areas where intuition plays an imporant role), but what it won't teach you is reading skill. For that, doing lots of problems is still the best way.
TJ: Not disagreeing with the above; getting the feel, and the pleasure inherent in pro games is great as soon as you feel you can enjoy it. However, for learning on your own, games of anyone around 5-10 stones stronger than you are good, and maybe around a level you can figure out what the point is without a high level commentary or teacher to guide you. Watching games as they happen on KGS is good both at that level and the more popular highest-ranking-game-being-played-at-the-moment, though again I think it's easiest to learn from games at a level not TOO much higher than yourself. But any games off the game list of anyone stronger than you can be good, at least they are for me. Once you gain a bit, too, don't forget reviewing games of folks 5 or more stones weaker than you is good for both you and them, too!
The GTL has lists of amateur games commented by other (stronger) amateurs, too, though GoBase is THE source for pro games and high level self-analysis of your own games (the latter which probably won't be of use of you for a while; it's only occasionally of use to me yet, and mostly just for fun). While you're there, check out the korean academy tsumego sets, though.