Lets Learn Baduk!
Hello all go players, and welcome to my website about go. The game of go has many names(go, baduk, igo, weiqi, wei-chi) but "go" is the most common used word in the West. However, since the word "go" can mean so many different things in English, I named this site "learnbaduk" so it's easier to find.
For those of you who randomly stumbled onto this site and don't know what go is, let me explain. In short, go is basically a board-mind-game like chess, that is very popular in East-Asian countries. The game of go is about 4000 years old, and if you're interested you can read more about its history here: The History of Go. You may also hear some people refer to this game as "the surrounding game", which will become clear why once you learn the rules: Go Game Rules.
As for me, I'm a Norwegian guy that has been playing this game since the summer of 2007 after having watched an anime called Hikaru No Go. If you like anime(Japanese cartoons) you should definitely check it out, it's a very good series, and a big reason for the increasing popularity of go in the West. Anyway, around the beginning of 2010 I decided to make a website about this game, and this is the result. From time to time I'll update the website, and I'll let you know when that happens on my twitter: twitter.com/Fredrik9000.
If you are completely new to the game, you should probably check out the Go Game Rules page and/or take a look at the Go Video Tutorials page, there I've assembled some introductory go video tutorials from various YouTube users. Also, check out my Go Equipment Tips for some tips on what go sets are worth buying. So please take a look around and feel free to contact me on my twitter if you have any recommendations, questions or thoughts. I used to direct people to my e-mail address but it just got flooded with spam so it's much better to contact me on twitter. There I'll see the message immediately.
I like to play online, and mostly on the Kiseido Go Server. My username there is "acceleratr" and my current level is 1 dan, feel free to contact me if you want to play a game or just chat. If you don't know what the Kiseido Go Server is you should take a look at the Online Go Servers page, there I talk about the most popular places on the web to play go. Now lets learn baduk! ^_^