Archive for April, 2007
I wrote a new article/lesson titled “Do you think this exchange is good for you?”
It is based on the commentary that Cho Seokbin (ex-insei in Korea, now living in Germany; he is currently on a Go tour in the US) made for the decisive game in the Cherry Blossom Seattle Go Tournament
The title – “Do you think this exchange is good for you?” – seems to be one of Seokbin’s favorite questions during game commentaries.
This is a great question to ask before every move we want to play: just consider what is the opponent’s most logical response to our intended move, and ask ourselves: “Is this exchange good for me?”. This may bring a new perspective on the way we play.
- find the right problem set for your level - most of the time it’s in very simple situations where mistakes occur, so there is no real benefit to study very complicated problems if you’re missing simple ones
- don’t look at the answers – in the real game there’s no Fujiwara-no-Sai to tell you the answer I don’t suppose there is any harm in looking at the answers eventually – but just don’t look before putting a significant effort into solving the problems.