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My little break from Go has become too extended, and tomorrow I must begin to play and study again to prepare for the US Go Congress—my first and undoubtedly my only.

I do know that I’ve become stronger since the beginning of the year, and the three months of classes plus the study and play have made me see more—though I am still a player of quite modest strength. Still, the efforts then convinced me that I can learn more.

Some major portion of strength comes from the study of problems—life & death problems, tesuji problems, and the like. The benefit is not in knowing the mechanics of the solution but in extending the range of the patterns the mind knows and immediately recognizes.

Another portion (it seems to me) comes from playing over professional games and learning at a deep (unconscious) level the grammar of the game—the patterns of play.

Specific knowledge of openings—joseki (the play in a corner) and fuseki (the opening play on the whole board)—is certainly useful. Knowing fuseki helps one decide the outcome one wants or needs in a particular corner, and knowing joseki enables one to select the appropriate joseki to produce that outcome (or, if the opponent misplays, produce an even better result).

I continue to marvel at how much complexity can emerge from such simple rules and constraints. And tomorrow I’ll start experiencing it again.

Written by Leisureguy

16 July 2006 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Games, Go

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  1. Welcome back.

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    Bob Solovay

    17 July 2006 at 1:41 pm


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