Although, I’ve now shown you three go servers you can play on I would recommend you only play on one or two after you have found which ones are best for you.
I have all of these accounts so I can play my viewers no matter what server they play on. I want to make it easier for them to be on my live stream on Twitch where I stream Wednesdays from 2-4 PM EST. Follow my Twitch channel so you can watch me play live or even play a match against me.
The 2nd online go server I would like to introduce to you is, OGS.
OGS has tournaments, ladders, groups, forums, puzzles and a joseki tool.
One very nice feature about OGS is that for free you can get a couple moves automatically evaluated by AI.
If you want a deeper AI look into your game then they have several subscriptions available. I use the lowest subscription to help improve my game and hopefully draw more people to my live Twitch stream.
OGS is completely handled by your browser and you can find the site here.
If you would like a match with me while live streaming, my login name here is “les.waller”. Can’t get much simpler than that!
To play a game you click the “Play” tab on top, then you can choose between a quick match finder or set up a custom game by clicking create.
I typically use a custom game with Japanese rules, Live game speed, Byo-yomi for time control, 10 minute main time with 5 30-second byo-yomi’s.
I haven’t played a teaching game on OGS, yet. However, I do see that some of the professional online go teachers do play on OGS.
Once you are inside the server you will find there are different types of rooms. There is an active game room where you can see a listing of all active games. There is an open games room where you will see those who are wanting to play. A new room since I played, it’s been a while, is a computer go room. I’ll have to check it out soon and report back to you.
There are also many different language rooms available. If you click on Rooms, you will see Main, New Rooms, Clubs, Lessons, Tournaments, Social and National. I recommend you check some of the rooms within those listings.
The hardest part about joining and server and playing go is getting ranked. The reason for that is because your rank will show up as a “?”, meaning you are unranked. Unfortunately, there are those who will purposefully play lower ranked people just so they can enjoy betting them. That kind of hurts it for the rest of us who are either just starting out, have just joined the server, or haven’t played on the server for a while and the system has reset our rank to a “?”.
I think I will follow this up with a video later on and put it in this post. I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person and would prefer a video on this rather than reading a 400 word post.
Oh, one more thing! My in game name on KGS is “LesWaller” don’t hesitate to say, “hi” and let me know you came to the server from this online article.
Some of the Online Teachers I’ve listed in my site play mainly on this online go server; go check them out!
Welcome to My Baduk Page: Well, actually this is a Go, Baduk Weiqi page!
Let’s put those in their native languages, shall we?
囲碁 Igo 바둑 圍棋
There, that’s much better! Hahaha!
I’ve been playing go since the early 2000’s. At that time I was living and working in Korea, what a great place to start learning go!
All of the major cities had go clubs where you could go in and play go one on one with other go players. And, it was very inexpensive to spend time there, too!
On top of that you could watch go being played live on BadukTV.
Best of all were all of the live amateur tournaments that were being held all over Korea, too!
I’ll do some looking around my old photographs and see if I can’t share some of these with you soon! Like this one!
The whole idea of this website is to help teach “how to play go for beginners”.
On this site we have FAQ‘s, this is a list of frequently asked questions that will mostly be answered in video form to make it easier to see what is being explained.
We will also have a list of mostly professional teachers who teach online, so if you are interested check them out. The amateur teachers I have listed will be limited to those whom I have played and had a learning experience. If you want to be on the list, offer a free teaching game and we can include you and the game on these pages. Otherwise, you will have to wait until I decide who I’m going to pay to play.