Welcome to KGS
Downloading and Installing CGoban, the KGS Client
CGoban Main Window
Introduction to KGS
KGS Plus
KGS on Androidâ„¢
Terms of Service
Admin Announcements
Newbie FAQ
Main KGS Window
Set Preferences
Server Stats
"New Game" Window
Game Window
Playing Games
Game Types
Supported Rule Sets
Supported Time Systems
Tagged Games
Rating System
Rating System Math
Main FAQ

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English (United States) Japanese (Japan)

Newbie FAQ

Table of Contents
Three Things Every KGS User Should Know   |   Two Definitions   |   How To . . .   |   General Questions   |   More Questions?
Glossary   |   Acronyms and Abbreviations   |   References
Main Rooms Policy   |   Game Chat Policy
Related Links

Topics of General Interest.
Admins | Bots | Escaper FAQ | Etiquette | Icons (in front of user names) | Private Messaging (PM) | Rank Graphs | Sandbaggers | Tilde | Trolls

See "Introduction to KGS" for background information.

Three Things Every KGS User Should Know

Two Definitions  (There are more in the glossary.)

How To . . .

General Questions

More Questions?


Acronyms and Abbreviations

Often found in chat lines
ddk idk lol np nvm sdk ty tx PM
double digit kyu I don't know laughing out loud no problem never mind single digit kyu thank you thanks Private Message

Often found in game chat lines
hf gg gl brb gtg afk b cya slt
have fun good game good luck be right back got to go away from the keyboard  bye  see ya salut, to your health

The four corners of a goban
lower left lower right upper left upper right

Four Rooms
robot English Chat Room English Game Room KGS Teaching Ladder
social –> Computer Go social –> English Chat Room main –> English Game Room lessons –> KGS Teaching Ladder


Main Rooms Policy

Game Chat Policy

Related Links (that are especially useful for newbies)

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