I just started to be interested by Go a week ago. I have read and (I think I) understood the base rules.

I went through a few web sites that explain how the game is played and overall, after a reading a few times the same things in different formats, I think I get it.

My next step was to download an app to start playing against the computer, starting with a 9x9 grid.

But there are a few things I do not get.

in a situation like the following:

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how does the app evaluate black vs. white territory? I understand that the points come from the number of liberties around your stones, but what open the open space?

and if you have a scenario like this:


where X/O are the black and whites and the . is an empty space. When it comes to counting points, who owns the empty space?

but my main question is the following:

When I play chess, I know a few openings, I know some patterns that I can recognize and I can formulate a plan. Starting with go, I have a vastly empty board and no idea what to do, what kind of pattern I should be aiming at doing, what I should be building, etc.

What would be good resources to learn strategies? I found sites with rules, libraries of games but I didn't find anything that tells me what I should be trying to achieve.

  • Google Joseki for information about playing in the corners, and check Wikipedia's Go Strategy article for basic information on getting started. There is a plethora of information available on the web, so I must question how hard you have actually looked. As for opening theory - it doesn't exist on a 9x9 or 11x11 board, and just barely exists, for a couple of terms on a 13x13 board, so don't worry about it until you are ready to play a 19x19 board. Until then, just study corner joseki and life-and-death patterns. Apr 21, 2020 at 21:25
  • On a 9x9 or 11x11 board the only sane opening moves in a corner are 3-3 - the centre is simply too small for influence there to be worth trading off for. On a 13x13 one might look at 3-4 first moves in a corner as well. Anything else - wait until you are playing 19x19. Apr 21, 2020 at 21:29


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