Archive for February, 2007
New articleI wrote a brief article on my rule of thumb when it comes to approach a “Kobayashi fuseki” formation.
“Search this site”I added a “Search this page” control in the upper-right of each page on the 361points.com site, to make easier to find things around. This is powered by Google. Also, if you haven’t noticed that already, there is a “customized Go search” page, which only searches internet pages related to Go. Let me know what your favorite Go pages are and I’ll add them to the search list.
Close to the end of day one, the position is very complicated: white just did a cross-cut in the center, putting pressure on the black group in the middle. Black took profit in the lower-right quarter of the board, while white took profit in the lower-left.
The most interesting part is still to follow tomorrow, on the second day of this game. I’m covering the Kisei 2007 event on 361points.com.
First StepsI wrote a new article called “First Steps” intended to be a guide for people who just learned the rules. It used to be the end of the “What is Go?” – which is currently the entry point to my site – but I moved it to a separate page and rewrote it a bit.
FocusWriting the “first steps” page brought again to my mind the question: “what is the focus of 361points.com“? For now it’s a pretty general Go site, mostly around how to study Go, and my experience as a Go insei in Japan – I am still working on defining what the focus is I do plan to add some interactive features – hope to find the time and inspiration for those.
FeedbackSomething that can help me finding the focus for my Go website is user feedback: besides the rating feature which I added a while ago, I also added over the weekend a comments area at the end of most of the pages: please use it in case you have suggestions/comments – it’s anonymous, so don’t be shy – thanks a lot in advance!
Dia 1White 1 in dia 2 is a very nice tesuji – it takes advantage of black’s lack of liberties. If white 3 was in place to start with, white 1 would be easy to find, but in the game white 1 is surprising at first. Black is isolated in the corner after white 5 – black cannot push through on the left because white will block with atari.
Dia 2So here is the second problem for today, easier than the first one: black to play and live in the lower-right corner in dia 3.
Dia 3Just simply playing atari and pushing doesn’t lead anywhere: black is left with one eye. Some special measures are in order for black to live.
Dia 4Sacrifice is the magic word: dia 5 is the best black can do, which is to fight a ko for his life (if white plays 4 at 5, for instance), but that’s of course much better than dia 4.
“Black 1 and 3 are wrong. Do they look natural to you? Then you will have to reverse your thought process one hundred eighty degrees if you ever want to play correctly.”
I just found this nice article: Becoming a Professional Player in Korea
The title is self-explanatory. I was impressed with the number of Korean insei at any given time: 168! That is more than 3 times the number of insei in Japan, at least at the time when I was insei.
By the way, the article is part of a nice series of Korean lessons.
In the “Proverbs Part (2)” one, I found a quite funny comment in the “If You Have Lost All Four Corners, Resign” section:
“However, after many brilliant professionals in Korea discovered the value of the sides and the center, the modern version of this proverb goes like this: “If you have secured the four corners, resign.”
The funny thing is that I have known the updated proverb from Japanese sources for a very long time now, so the brilliant professionals in Japan must have discovered that before the brilliant professionals in Korea