This article is from the Go FAQ, by Morten PAHLE firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The Go Teaching Ladder (or GTL) resides on the internet at
The GTL is a prime resource for anyone who wants to improve their game
through having their games reviewed or through looking at other,
Through the GTL you can submit a game for review, review games of
other players (if you are registered), or look through the archive of
If you submit a game for review, your game will be forwarded to a
player who is roughly 5 stones stronger than you. The reviewer will
send a reviewed, commented copy back to you (and your opponent).
In order to use the GTL, you must have a program which can read and
edit SGF files. (See section 6.2.)
A note on the GTL: The reviewer may spend considerable time reviewing
your game, so it is only reasonable that you should also have spent a
reasonable time playing it! Submitting 'blitz' games for review, when
you could go through the game yourself and find errors, is
disrespectful. Most often, if you won the game by a wide margin or
lost by a wide margin, you will already know why. It is more useful to
submit games which you lost, but don't know why, or won, but only
Once you feel that you are confident, then submit your name to the GTL
as a reviewer, then you, too, can help a beginner!
The archives of the GTL are also a great place to find other commented
games, which you can download and look through.