GO Rules for Beginners

This was made from go lessons from Yilun Yang. Any errors or omissions are solely mine.

  1. Do you have a weak stone or stones? If yes, then help them otherwise move in a big area (This is probably the fundamental rule of go).
  2. Atari: Usually, do not atari unless you can capture a stone or stones directly . Directly means that you (not some 10-Dan) can see how to capture something right away.
  3. Push-Cut: Do not push if you are not going to cut right away.
  4. Ponuki: Never give your opponent a ponuki.
  5. Opponet makes a bad move: You almost always should punish this immediately, otherwise it may turn into a good move!
  6. Paying Money - Do not pay money unless you have to.
  7. Confused - If you can not fugure out what to do locally, consider tenuki (play elsewhere).
  8. Tenuki
    1. 1-1 - You may tenuki
    2. 2-1 - Do not tenuki
    3. 3-1 - You probably should tenuki.
    4. 4-1 (or more) - You must tenuki.
  9. Corner Joseki (for both sides)
    1. Get out.
    2. Take corner.
    3. Complete the shape.
  10. Cross Cut
    1. Can you capture a stone directly? Directly means that you (not some 10-Dan) can see how to capture something right away.