Go / Weiqi: Anybody play?


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Go / Weiqi: Anybody play?

Postby scruffmcgruff » Jul 5th, '09, 21:02

I just started studying Go (I am terrible!), and was curious how many people here play.
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Postby silverneedles » Jul 5th, '09, 22:02

tried it a couple months back when it was talked about here somewhere...
didnt like gui of available softwares either... moded GoGame9 stone image with nicer shadowed ones... didnt help me learn ...still bad at it :)
more fun to play on that GO server with people
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Re: Go / Weiqi: Anybody play?

Postby brad4419 » Jul 5th, '09, 22:44

scruffmcgruff wrote:I just started studying Go (I am terrible!), and was curious how many people here play.


I play "go"... at least when I can find someone to play :( Most people haven't heard of it.

The hardest part for me was learning when to end the game. I highly recommend that if you want to learn and have fun get Go for beginners http://www.amazon.com/Go-Beginners-Kaoru-Iwamoto/dp/0394733312/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246847608&sr=1-1 I couldn't have imagined learning how to play without this book. It has step by step strategies

Ive seen one other person on teachat who plays Go. His avitar was a go board.
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Postby woozl » Jul 5th, '09, 22:57

I play Go.
I am really bad tho. so don't tell any one :oops:
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jul 5th, '09, 23:17

Do any of you have kgs accounts? I just made one the other day, my name there is bhughes if you want an easy win sometime. :wink:
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Postby Salsero » Jul 6th, '09, 00:36

Looks like a cool game. I ordered the book, but since I have never had any head for chess, I suspect this will also be a bust.

Thanks, brad4419, for the book reference.
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Postby J. » Jul 6th, '09, 11:56

I only play Go with a friend, because He likes that... but I don't really like that game and I don't really learn.
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Postby brad4419 » Jul 8th, '09, 13:19

Salsero wrote:Looks like a cool game. I ordered the book, but since I have never had any head for chess, I suspect this will also be a bust.

Thanks, brad4419, for the book reference.


No problem Sal, I like chess as well as Go but the difference is that I get really competitive with chess and sometimes games can drag out for hours. With Go I feel much more relaxed and like its just for fun and is more about enjoying the company of the person your playing with rather than winning. Its also enjoyable to have a nice cuppa tea while you play :wink:

Sal, I hope you like it. The book might seem a bit complicated without a Go game set to see the moves on. If you don't have a Go game set maybe you could find a cheap game somewhere to get started and see if you like it. Some of the Go sets out there are pretty pricey but nice, that would be worth investing in if you enjoy the game enough.
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Postby GoTea » Jul 13th, '09, 09:12

hi, I play Go and love it! I an currently in China for 2 months to study Go. On that note I go into a tea place and its full of tea shops . There are about three floors of just tea shops, but there are no prices and not many english speakers.

For people wanting to start go or see what its like, the best site is KGS http://www.gokgs.com. Im based in London and am closly involed in the cenral and north london go clubs. My KGS id is spider451. Anyone intereted in playingh give me a buzz.

p.s. Just bought half a kilo of Tie Guan Yin.
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Postby Salsero » Jul 13th, '09, 09:16

GoTea wrote: For people wanting to start go or see what its like, the best site is KGS http://www.gokgs.com.
Thanks for the site reference. I am reading the book, but an online site would also be helpful.
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Postby brad4419 » Jul 15th, '09, 11:54

lol Go Tea your the one I was trying to think of your name because I remember seeing your avitar.

Thanks for the site I will try to use my name brad4419 so maybe we can play sometime.
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Postby Salsero » Jul 15th, '09, 12:06

I am having a good time at learning. The KGS site is enormously helpful.
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Postby chrl42 » Jul 16th, '09, 09:15

Go is pretty big in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, though for the Chinese Xiang Qi (chinese chess) is more common.

Go was popularized in Japan first, but since 90's Korean players dominated the ranks but current no.1 player is Chinese named Gu Li :)

My daddy got advantages a lot at his company cos he was darn good at it ;)
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Postby Artemis » Jul 17th, '09, 10:41

Two of my friends are absolutely obsessed with it. I never really saw the draw when there's chess to play. :D
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Postby chrl42 » Jul 20th, '09, 00:20

You just said about Weiqi
A big event is going to take place in Hunan a month later.

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Super-sized Weiqi :)

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2 top players in the world, Gu Li (China) and Lee Se Dol (Korea)

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