Youth Go Online

You may have little opportunity to play others without travelling, especially if you do not have a club at your own school.

Of course, if you have internet access, you can use a game server or a Go server. However many of the users of some servers are very strong players and many of the users of other servers are people who have no idea of the rules. You probably would prefer to use a game server or Go server where you can meet and play against other young people.

One place where the BGA has organised events and meetings from time to time is the PlayOK (playok.com) game server (formerly known as Kurnik - Polish for "chicken coop"). It based in Poland, but used all around the world to play many different games in many different languages (you will need a fairly up to date browser). The Go players you find there are usually beginners and happy to play on small boards. It is at:

PlayOK

KGS Go Server

The best Go server for improving players to use is

KGS

It is easy to find players slightly better than beginner level here and UK players are usually in the British room.

It is easy to use the java connection directly from the KGS web site. You can just follow the "Play Go Now!" link.

However we suggest, if you attend doing this regularly, instead to download and install the Go Client program, CGoban3. This can be downloaded from KGS Download page; it uses Java Web Start (which is also available from there). This is better than the direct java connection, because the client program allows a teacher and pupil to look at a completed game on line, discussing it and trying out other moves, and you can use it to edit locally held game records that are in SGF format.

Once you have installed the client program, it is easy to connect, you just run the client program and click its "Play on KGS" button.

From time to time the BGA runs youth events on KGS and you will often see members of the British Youth Squad playing in these.



Last updated Mon Oct 09 2017. If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.