Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: Why is killing a group of stones not good? Part II


Why is killing a group of stones not good? Part II

Why is killing a group of stones not good? Part II



This is the continuation of the last go blog.


4. Why Kaz doesn't recommend killing a group of stone in Go, Part II.
"killing-all-the-stones syndrome."



If you're obsessed with killing a group of stones,
you often have difficulty becoming a stronger go player.がく〜(落胆した顔)

You might even get weaker.
もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

If you are so obsessed with killing, you may be in a danger
of being addicted by killing-all-the-stones syndrome. ちっ(怒った顔)

This addiction is very much like smoking or drinking.
It's not helpful to become a better player.

Actually it's harmful.

Why?

Well, it's because once you get addicted to it, you
tend to crazily overplay rather than try to find
a right move. This addiction is hard to get rid of it.

Believe me. I've experienced it. And I've seen so
many addicted people.

You get more and more addicted and become greedy
for killing a group.


You may even become greedy for money, food, love,
power, fame, and so on... At least in my case. がく〜(落胆した顔)

Because of that, I became selfish and lost friends...もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

So I'm afraid that if you keep trying to kill an opponent's
stones, you may even lose your go friends.

I don't think that's what you want.

I've found that go reflects your emotions a lot.
If you're greedy, your go becomes greedy as well.

Being greedy is not equal to becoming a better go player.


My ideal world is that you make your go friends,
you and your friends help each other to become
a better player, and as a result, peace and harmony
will develop in the go world.


But killing an opponent's group make you do opposite,
I think.

Take Preventive Measures:

When you realize that you're beginging to be addicted
to the "killing-all-the-stones syndrome", I strongly
recommend that you don't play go for a while.


Those who are addicted to the "killing-all-the-stones
syndrome", you get emotional, and you can't help
killing stones.


  You play go to kill stones; you play badly.→
→ You play another game to kill stones; you play even more badly.→
→ You play another game to kill stones; you play even more badly.→
→ You play another game to kill stones; you play even more badly.→


It's a vicious circle.

So instead of playing a game, you should see a movie,
or a read a book, or go hiking or driving.

When you think you're not addicted to killing, if you
feel calm, you might play a game.

Or before playing another game, you might want read
some basic go books, the books which teach you the
foundations of go, or a tesuji, or a fuseki, whatever
you like to study.

I recommend the latter highly.

I've found that this advice is helpful not only to
those in the "killing-all-the-stones syndrome",
but to those who play go emotionally.



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