DieterVerhofstadt/Advice to beginners
When you start playing Go, you will be overwhelmed with good advice and information. Let me give you ... more advice.
- Play to learn. Try to win (that's the purpose of the game) but don't let losses disturb you.
- Listen to better players' advice but don't seek their approval as a substitute for your own mastery of the game.
- Strike a balance between implementing what you've learnt and playing by (faulty) instinct.
- Play a lot. Play many small board games.
- Try to play with a good mood.
- Review your games briefly.
Tactics, technique and strategy
1. Tactics: always read at least two moves deep. Do not assume that your opponent will not answer. If your move is only a good move if he doesn't answer, it is a bad move.
2. Technique: If after your opponent's answer your group has not many liberties, probably as many or fewer than before, then reconsider your move.
3. Strategy: Think about the game as most alive stones wins. Connect. Cut. Usually, strengthening/weakening a local position is best. If the local position seems ok, look for the largest open area.