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There are three conditions to be a stronger go player

There are three conditions to be a stronger go player

わーい(嬉しい顔)First I'd like to thank those who have visited this blog.わーい(嬉しい顔)

Even though I started a go blog (http://kazgo.seesaa.net/ ) at the
beginning of this year, I got too busy and had to suspend it.

I also had a problem with that blog.

I was out of focus.

I wrote it both in Japanese and in English, trying to please
so many people. But the blog was so out of focus, I don't think
that the blog was helping anybody much. もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

In this blog, I'll strictly focus on English speaking go players.わーい(嬉しい顔)

No Japanese.

And I'll try to write things useful to go players to be strong
most of the time.

This is a first page.

I'd like to get right to the point:

Can you think about it before you read the following?

I believe that there are three conditions to be a stronger go player.

1. You should build a strong foundation of go.ひらめき

2. To do so, you have to do drills over and over again.晴れ

3. When you play a game, you should review it and try to
investigate it to understand what went wrong.

Ideally if you have a good go teacher, ask him/her to review
your games.

I can talk about those 3 conditions in detail later.

But before I do that, I'd like to talk about a common myth
(or common mistaken thought) in Japan.

Many amateur players, who are somewhere around 4 dan, 5 dan,
and 6 dan, give weak players advice on how to become strong:

"Play as many go games as possible! If you don't play, you can
never become strong."

I can refute that argument in many ways.

First and foremost, without having a strong foundation of go,
you can never become a strong go player.

In fact, If you never study basics and keep playing
games, you only develop your own way of playing a game.

We call it もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)"jiko-ryu (自己流)".もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

I checked many of my dictionaries, but I don't think there's a
good English word to translate.

Think about how scary もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)"jiko-ryu (自己流)".もうやだ〜(悲しい顔) is like the following.

When you go abroad, you have to take an airplane, right?
The pilots have been trained to fly.

They were trained in a proper way to fly.

They didn't come up with their own flying style. They had to
learn a basic way of flying, right?

Would you like to fly an airplane, in which pilots have never been proprely trained to fly?

Or would you like to fly an airplane, in which pilots have been
well trained for many months?

What about a condo?

Suppose there are two condos, Condo A and Condo B.

Condo A is built by Construction Company A, whose workers have
never been properly learned how to build a condo. They are just
trying what they think is the best way to build it.

Condo B is built by Construction Company B, whose workers have
properly learned and experienced how to build a condo with strong

The foundation of the condo is so strong that even a big
earthquake could not shake the condo.

So which condo would you like to live in?

I think the answer is clear.

Write a comment along with Japanese words such as "囲碁". Without Japanese words, you can't leave the comment.
This is a way to show readers where they should write the name, email address, and the website.


Notice that I wrote some Japanese words down.
In order to write down, you have to add some
Japanese words.

Otherwise, "ERROR" mark comes out.

So please copy this Japanese word "囲碁" (Igo)
and paste it on this comment section, so you could finish this.

Now you can feel free to write anything, I hope. :)
Posted by Kaz at 2008年08月23日 00:53
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