The Fundamentals of Go on 13×13

Language ENRU
You know the rules of Go but you have no idea how to play? This way!

If you just learned the rules of Go, this course will teach you the basics of Go strategy and tactics on the 13×13 board. It will also prepare you to start playing on the standard 19×19 board.

When you feel that you have learned the contents of this course well enough, we recommend that you move on the final course of the trilogy — Deeper into the game of Go on 19×19. And don’t forget to check out this beginner’s guide.


Vadim Efimenko 4d

Amateur Go player and nerdy Go research aficionado. Co-founder of Go Magic.
Not enough magic? Vadim offers Go lessons


Course Includes

15 Lessons
15 Quizzes
~ 2.5 hours


Avg. Rating
115 Reviews
We'd love to know what you think!
Posted 2 days ago

Solid course. It not only goes into what to do, but also why to do it, which is far more important.


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Posted 3 days ago

Excellent, thanks a lot for taking the time to make this tutorial.

Posted 1 week ago

Excellent intro to the game, useful for both the 13x13 board and the wider tactics.

Posted 1 week ago

A great course! I like the pacing, the split into the topics, and also the mini quiz after every session that helps put things into perspective. Highly recommended 🙂

Posted 2 weeks ago

This is the best course on Go I have seen. I have read several of the Janis Kim books on technique but nothing is helpful as explaining in real time the flow of a game and how to think about the strategy. I still struggle but at least I know understand how to think about strategy and hopefully will recognize different positions.

Posted 3 weeks ago

I like this a lot! Not only serve as a great review material for already learned ones, but also make me have much better grasp at unfamiliar concepts! Nice course it is!

Posted 4 weeks ago

Impressive course ! Very interesting and well balanced between videos and quizz. Surely need to be studied many times to get the best of it. I’ll be back…

Posted 2 months ago

This is a really solid course, especially since it's free! I've played very off and on, so some stuff I knew, but there was enough I didn't that kept it interesting. I liked the video then quiz model, it helped me apply the things I just learned.

Posted 2 months ago

This course is a very useful way to start improving your Go skills. It has a lot of tricks and knowledge about 13x13 games, but useful even on 9x9 and 19x19 boards.

Posted 3 months ago

I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. I will recommend it to all go enthusiasts

Posted 3 months ago

Excellent introduction to both life-and-death problems and opening theory.

Posted 3 months ago

Great course. Vadim's explanations were clear and beginner-friendly. His commentary was also very helpful. Would recommend this course to any double-digit kyu player.

Posted 3 months ago

Very good course! Some of the early quizzes tricked me, which was really good, because it taught me to look more carefully. I only scored 84% on this course, which was passing, but I expect to retake at least parts of the course. That is a criticism of me, not of the course. I think it correct that the course showed I'm not just going to breeze through learning Go. Stay humble or get humbled 🙂

Posted 3 months ago

All of the topics and quizzes were great, the videos were also very good however the audio and video would desynchronize on almost every video. If the desynchronization issues were corrected this would be an easy 5 stars from me. Still gets 4 because it's awesome.

Posted 3 months ago

That course really sparked my interest in GoMagic. It is was I was actually looking for since longtime. The local Go-Club does not provide this systematic approach to learning Go.

Posted 3 months ago

Amazing website! Lots of great free courses, skill tree is super cool, and really helpful problem sets and lessons. Absolutely love this!

Posted 4 months ago

The BEST course not only on the fundamentals but on the game of Go in general for beginners, thank you for making this course. 😀

Posted 4 months ago

I wasnt very sure about 13x13 but now i am definitely going to give it a shot before going deeper in 19x19

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