Our regular members rank from beginners, to a big group around 8k-1d KGS, and then 4d, 5d, 8d, and pro. We have a few beginners coming every week - we have teachers to show you the basics, and experienced players to play teaching games. I think it's best for beginners to just match up with each other and play for fun, though.
The club provides boards and stones, and attendance is free. We arrive at around 7:30 and stay until about 10:30 or 11, every Tuesday night, all seasons. Before playing, some people go to get dinner across the street at a hotpot place, or a nearby hunan place, from about 6:30. You're welcome to join that or just come to play later!
We have all levels - from the strongest who've gained 1 dan level for every 5 years of life, to people who gained 1 kyu level for every year =) (2014)
It's fun to discuss crazy joseki (2014)
One-color go! (2015)
Playing on a spinning table, with an odd number of seats. (Autumn 2014)
An interesting variant - give black the whole border, and W plays first to live. It's really hard to survive. Supposedly it's dead or ko, but can live with 2 moves to start. (2015)
The girls of the club (2017)
We also challenge the locals sometimes (Summer 2014)
Our team playing in the Donghu Cup in Wangjing (Summer 2014)
Sam & Fang return to visit! (2017)
Long days in Beijing summer (2017)
The ultimate problem (eternal)
This is a great way to learn the rules and the basic idea, without anybody looking over your shoulder. When you start, just click around til you figure out what's going on. It'll start you with a big advantage. Once the computer passes, click "pass" yourself and it'll score the game. If you keep winning, it'll give you less and less of an advantage.
Check out OGS, which is a browser-based online go server. We have a group there, too: Beijing Go Club OGS group. This server is way better than KGS and has a bunch of new people who are just learning on it, too.
If you have been playing for a while, and want to seriously get better, I recommend goproblems.com.
Make an account and try the time trials, or just go through the problems. After logging in, click 'problem', 'all unsolved', and with a difficulty of 'at least 25k'. You should be able to blaze through these at first, but keep going. As you have solved more and more, remaining problems will get harder and harder until you find your level. Most problems here have variations showing the continuations, too, which is good for complex problems. You can also add comments with variations you think are wrong or missing. This site can get you all the way from 'just learned the rules' up to very high amateur level. The more effort you put in here, the more you will get back over the board. An interesting thing about people studying to be pro is that they spend more time doing problems, especially life and death problems, than they spend actually playing games.
Here is a local copy of the modified cgoban client called cgoban-h, which has a number of improvements over the official version. (this is a new version, which works with KSG 3.5 (updated january 2012)). This is included here as a demonstration of the great usability improvements possible in the KGS client; however, it's not officially approved by KGS. To try it, right-click and do 'save as' - then, run the file and connect to kgs in the normal way. (on linux, java -jar cgoban-h.jar, once you have java in your path ("which java" has to succeed)). Now that OGS is around, this won't be necessary for much longer.Update: June 2017 KGS has been sold? Hopefully this is good news for the platform!
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