How can I improve my game of Go?

KGS Rooms / German Corner

This is the mini-FAQ for the room "German Corner" (formerly "Empty Triangle" (formerly "Deutsches Eck")) on the Go server KGS.
A detailed FAQ was created on KGS (in the new KGS help).

1 questions about the game and the rules

1.1 How does Go work?

Go is a game that, with a few simple rules, offers many years of fun.

Pages for beginners:

Read through a few pages and then play a few games. Best to start with on a 9x9 board.

1.2 Is there material on the net that I can use to improve my game of Go?

There is a variety of information on the net that will help you improve your own game. These include, for example, Go problems or commented games:

Another good starting point for finding Go-related sites is on the American Go Association's homepage AGA.
The online Go encyclopedia is also good Go, An Addictive Game.
And now brand new: the list of links below.

2 questions about the ranking on KGS

2.1 What about the numbers and characters behind the name?

The numbers and characters behind the player name are the so-called "rank" and provide information about the skill level of a player. The ranks are divided into kyu ranks (k), dan ranks (d) and professional dan ranks (p). The ranks start at 30 kyu (a complete beginner) and go up to 1 kyu (a good amateur). After 1 kyu, a player can become 1 dan, and then move up to 7 dan (the highest rank as an amateur). Players who play Go professionally (e.g. in Korea or Japan) have a professional Dan rank. The professional dan ranks start at 1p and go up to the 9th professional dan.

2.2 What does a question mark (?) Mean in rank?

The question mark indicates that a player has only played a few rated games so that the KGS server cannot yet fully calculate the rank. Usually you have to win a few games against players without a question mark and lose a few to get rid of the question mark. In addition, the question mark reappears if you haven't played for a long time.

2.3 What does a hyphen (-) instead of a range mean?

Players who have a hyphen instead of a rank have their rank disabled: it is not displayed. By looking through the games you have played so far, you can usually still reasonably assess the player, so that you do not play completely "blind".

3 questions about tournaments

3.1 I've heard of online go tournaments. Are there any in the "German Corner"?

Yes indeed. Sita was kind enough to hold tournaments from time to time. Andreasv has now taken on this task. The dates can be found on this page, in andreasv Info or on (Unfortunately nothing is going on on the site at the moment. (9-06, RueLue))

For some time now, the DGoB team Bundesliga has been taking place in the "German Corner". On Thursday in the middle of every month the bear really breaks loose. Direct link to Overview on

3.2 When is the next tournament?

On September 21st there will be another big tournament at 7pm, this time 13x13, 6 rounds McMahon. There is also an ongoing tournament called the Empty Ladder (see below).

3.3 How can I register for a tournament?

Either speak to andreasv directly in the "Deutsche Ecke" or use the email address Use

3.4 Can I see the results of previous tournaments?

Yes, there are Sita (no - 403 - access denied).

3.5 Tournament FAQ

A detailed tournament FAQ, especially for online and such, is available in the new KGS help;
and KGS also has another one on the same topic as part of KGS-Plus Tournament guide compiled.

4 questions about go associations and go clubs

4.1 Which go associations and go clubs are there in Europe?

See Go Places in Europe.

4.2 How can I find Go players / game evenings near me?

Try it on the homepage of the umbrella organization in your country.

In addition, a few quick links:

Everyone is welcome to add their favorite Go links here. It is only important that the structure is preserved to some extent.

Introductions for beginners

Go problems

Further materials

  • Go Teaching Ladder (here you can comment on games, have them commented on, or download commented games).

Go associations and clubs




History and culture


Go programs

Clients for Go servers and mixed programs

  • Cgoban (client for IGS, NNGS, SGF editor and frontend for various computer opponents, e.g. gnugo)
  • CGoban3 (client for KGS)

Computer opponent

  • GnuGo (terminal-based Go program (relatively powerful), can be used with Cgoban); in the meantime (12-'06) there is even version 3.7.10 (is that stronger?). This is a development version ('unstable'), but has been running at KGS for so long (under different names) that the stability will be satisfactory. The address houses the executable files for Win.


Further link collections


See German-language material and the list of German-language sites at Sensei's

And the Go Places in Europe page is still interesting: because of the links to the homepages of many other Go groups in Germany.