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2009-08-11 22:10
pitagoras Hello,
I'm beginning to study go, taking some of your great lessons.
I'd like to know if it's useful and/or advisable to play 9x9 first. Currently I play against a computer program (SmartGo) that starts with 9x9 at a low level, then advances a level when you win, and lowers a level when you loose.
Then eventually it will unlock 11x11 boards, then 13x13 boards. Of course I can set 19x19 manually, but may I have your advice regarding this topic?
Thank you,

2009-08-12 05:59
Guo Juan Hello, first of all, I would like to thank you very much for your support. Personally I don't like 9x9 that much. Because I think even for a beginner, there should be no problem at all to start immediately with 19x19. If a beginner stays too long with 9x9, or plays with only a computer, there is a chance that he will focus too much on local fights, instead of looking at the whole board.

2011-04-24 20:26
cook777 I think it's an interesting over all topic.

When I first started Go it was almost mostly all 9x9 games. (handicaps) The idea was to win with 4h then win three times 3h then 2h in a role. and some 13x13 for a little while 4h. I switched over to a 19x19 and playing at 6k kgs. Of course back then I looked at pro games and read go books. (like "In the beginning" in my 20k and never really played 19x19)

The real question is would I have learned faster if I skipped the 9x9s. I not sure I ever seen any real info/stats to answer it. So me I go if you like 9x9 or the person that's playing you likes teaching on 9x9. (You can learn a lot of concepts from 9x9 like thickness, endgame, opening, not just fighting)

Please note that I am in no way arguing or contradicting guo juan. ><

2011-08-29 09:47
goTree I think the 9X9 helps reading and that's all, especially for beginners f you play it a lot it might enhanche some bad habits. I played 9X9 for the first time when I was a 5k, I was showing go to a chess player, and I almost lost XD then I got interested and started playing 9X9 more seriously, I think it's good for 5k-1d to adjust the view of strenght/territory and fight rather than for beginners :P (well of course without leaving the 19X19), after a certain level the bad habits on 19X19 become visibly bad on 9X9 too I think.

2011-11-16 17:55
sr In my local club we have some tiny 7x7 boards. We use them to teach the basic rules and 'Capture Go'. I find the younger kids have very short attention spans. So it's good to able to play short games.

2012-07-25 02:12
Buri Greetings,
my one regret as a beginner is that I did not immediately study the opening of the game(including basic joseki). That and tsumego form the basis of my studying. Every time I play I notice that even high kyuu players make a lot of poor plays in the opening because there is a widespread assumption that once a few rules have been mastered it does not need much study.
If you practice on a 9 x9 then this is a very serious loss in my opinion.
Best wishes,

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