Posts Tagged ‘article’

New joseki analysis

Saturday, February 16th, 2008
I wrote a brief analysis on this new move:

New joseki

(Link to the article) I saw this move for the first time in the Takemiya Masaki – Yamada Takuji game that I already wrote a blog entry about.

New lesson: “Learning from professional games”

Sunday, September 16th, 2007
I wrote a new lesson: “Learning from professional games (1)”. This is based on first game from the current Meijin title in Japan. This is not the first time I write something based on what I learn from replaying professional games – actually several of the professional titles I followed and wrote about contain such things – but I thought about writing separate articles instead of embedding the lessons within the actual tournament page. For people who will read this a few months from now, following the tournament pages might not be attractive anymore (after all, there are a lot of tournaments, and mostly the new ones are followed). Also, another news related to this latest lesson: I’m experimenting with adding Javascript to my pages. If you have Javascript enabled in your internet browser (most of the people do, especially those who use Gmail, Google maps, etc) the article will seem very short when you load (or reload) the page, and you’ll see a link at the bottom of the page along the lines of “Click here for the solution” – click there and the article will expand itself. (If you don’t have Javascript enabled, you’ll see all the article at once, same as before). This is in order to avoid spoiling the problems by unintentionally showing the solution diagrams to those of my readers who like to really think hard about the problems before reading the solutions. Which I hope most of my readers do :-) Let me know if this is a good idea or not – if it is annoying to most of you I’ll just think of something else.

New article: “Look for double threats”

Friday, August 24th, 2007
I wrote a new article: “Look for double threats” It’s about what to do against an overplay, and here is the starting position:

Hint: the following diagram shows what not to do:

“How to Enjoy Your Game”

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
“How to Enjoy Your Game” is the name of lesson 103 by Nam Chi-hyung in the Korea Times online journal. I liked it a lot. Here are a few excerpts:
To win a game is just one of the many joys you can get from Baduk. Don’t let your desire to win take the joy from the game itself.
If you think it is too difficult to understand a certain sequence, then just leave it and play your own move.
the most important thing for fully enjoying the game is to put all your strength and ability into every single game.

Questions and Answers with Tei Meiko Sensei

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
I published an article based on a series of emails I recently exchanged with Tei Meiko 9 dan – one of the official instructors during the time I was an insei in Japan. As he commented most of my insei games back then, Tei Sensei’s wisdom is behind most of the lessons that I published so far. The questions are mostly around how to study Go. Here are the things that I found very interesting:
  • memorizing pro games is a popular study method (I used to be under the impression that it’s only a minority of the studying Go players using it)
  • professional players do study Go books (I used to think the only Go books they study are game collections and joseki dictionaries, and that the vast majority of the books are written for amateurs, but I was wrong)
  • professionals don’t use any pattern-matching software for studying Go
  • memorizing joseki doesn’t hurt (contrary to some popular opinion in the amateur’s world); in general, “don’t read this until you are that level” is bad advice
  • making progress at Go is really easy :-) – just “read and play”: learn something new, apply it in your games; repeat until 9 dan.
Thank you for the nice advices, Tei Sensei!

“Do you think this exchange is good for you?”

Wednesday, April 25th, 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.

Kosumi-Tsuke: Use and Abuse

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
I just finished a new article/lesson, titled “Kosumi-Tsuke: Use and Abuse”.

It is about when to use and when to avoid kosumi-tsuke, and it is based on an article I wrote for a (now defunct) online Romanian Go journal couple of years ago. I think the motivation for the original article was the fact that I’m myself a kosumi-tsuke abuser – I tend to overplay it a lot. I’m recovering now :-) It is longer than the normal lessons on and it is more targeted towards fundamentals, I hope – both of which are requests made by users via the feedback system on the website. I hope you’ll find it useful!

How to study professional games

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
I wrote a detail page for the “Study professional games” advice. It also touches on subjects as “to read comments or not to read comments“, and “try to understand or learn by heart“. Also, do you know this Google search trick to look for SGF files of Takemiya’s? Just google for Takemiya filetype:sgf and see for yourself. The filetype:sgf part of the search string is a special Google operator that limits the search to files with the sgf extension. Of course, you can replace Takemiya with your favorite Go player.

“Flowing waters do not compete to be first”

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
The title of this blog entry is from the book “First Kyu” by Sung-Hwa Hong. I wrote an article on this book which contains my review. Just to summarize it here: it is a wonderful book (about youth, love, Go and life in general), with a lot of interesting information about the Korean Go scene in late 60’s and early 70′, and very sound Go advice on how to study. Read the whole review in the “Articles” section on my website. I’ll go now to replay the “blood coughing game” that the book describes so nicely:
On a rainy day when I fall into loneliness and despair, I replay the game of Intetsu’s. Powerless against moves unfairly coached by ghosts, Intetsu’s stones sigh as they did on a hot summer day in 1835.

1-1 in Women’s Meijin

Friday, March 2nd, 2007
Kato Keiko lost the second game in this year’s Women’s Meijin title, so it’s 1-1. She is my favorite, because she was also insei at Igo Kenshu Center when I was insei. I wrote a page about this match – just with some interesting moves from the first game, but I also have something in mind about the second game to add soon. Problem from the first game: Black to play in the diagram:

On a different note: thanks to the anonymous user who left feedback asking “so what was the rule of thumb in the Kobayashi fuseki article?”. Good question – I updated the article to clarify.