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Started learning Go

 
agrah upadhyay
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But can not play it online because in college,websense has blocked all games playing sites!!
So thinking of making a software for this but it will be achieved only after clearing SCBCD and then IBM's Websphere means i have to wait till a couple of months!!
For now anyone provide me links for improving strategies for GO and how much time will it take to get mastery in it?
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Download the IGOWIN.exe:
http://www.smart-games.com/igowin.html

It is free and a smaller board to learn on. It gets tougher as you start winning.

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But can not play it online because in college,websense has blocked all games playing sites!!
So thinking of making a software for this but it will be achieved only after clearing SCBCD and then IBM's Websphere means i have to wait till a couple of months!!
For now anyone provide me links for improving strategies for GO and how much time will it take to get mastery in it?


Not that I'm recommending trying to defeat your school's policies, but I wonder if they've also blocked sites that are dedicated only to Go such as IGS or NNGS?

As far as resources go, I'd start with the 4 or 5 books written by Janice Kim, then I'd move on to the 7 "elementary" series books published by Ishi press.

As far as "mastery" goes, that would depend on your definition Some would say that you're already too old to ever acheive mastery

That said, there is a proverb that says you will reach Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) after you have played and studied 1000 games.

If you say more about your definition of mastery we can predict how long you will need to study.
 
agrah upadhyay
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Thank you Bates sir but can you provide me some FREE online links for A to Z of GO?
 
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Also KGS server starts ,applet donloading appers starting then comes message like applet crashed ???
 
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if you google "igs go server" you will find something with "panda" in the name. I believe everything on the panda site is free - if not, a lot is. You can download the go client for free, and IGS and NNGS are free - I believe they might also have some free reading material.

Some of the best "free" lessons you can get are to watch stronger players play - on IGS and NNGS you can look for games that a lot of other people are watching and watch that game - often the watchers will answer questions about the game in progress. One word of caution - try to watch games of players that are a little bit stronger than you, but not too much stronger. If you watch players that are too strong you won't learn anything and your questions won't be at the appropriate level - kind of like asking a Java beginner question in the advanced forum

Also, check out the US Go association - they have a lot of free stuff on their site too. My experience is that the best study materials in english are the books that you can buy, so I haven't spent much time looking for the free materials.

hth,

Bert
 
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