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Kaz's First Igo Lecture at the U.S. Go Congress!

Kaz's First Igo Lecture at the U.S. Go Congress!

On the first day of the US Go Congress, I gave a lecture.

My first Igo lecture was for anybody. わーい(嬉しい顔)
(My second lecture was for kyu players.)

I was told to give any lecture, so I first showed
Black's fuseki, which may allow you to get ahead
at the opening.

Then I showed White's fuseki against Black's Chinese joseki
and the sanrensei (the three star-point stones), both
of which many people as White had a hard time dealing with.

After that, I showed some common josekis, which many
people play and make mistakes.

They are many dan players as well as kyu players.

So I tried to explain variations to them carefully, so
kyu players could understand as well.

In my Igo lecture I always encourage my Go students to ask
questions freely.

So I told them about that.

As the lecture continued, many dan players asked me

I tried to give dan-level answers as well as
kyu-level answers.

But when the lecture continued, more and more dan
players asked me advanced questions.

So I had to repeatedly say "I'm sorry for kyu players. But
this question is very advanced. Please bear with me
for now."

At the end, it was no longer a lecture, but a Q&A

That was perfectly fine with me, but I was worried
about whether or not kyu players might feel left

After the lecture, there was a big applause,
so I was relieved... and happy! :)

After that, I reviewed my lecture and realized
that I made a mistake...がく〜(落胆した顔)

When a Go player showed a move, and when it
was a common mistake, I said

"It's a common mistake".

Most of the time, I said softly, but
sometimes I think I said it rather bluntly.

Later I thought "I hope I didn't make any Go players

I was also in a hurry, trying to present as many
variations as possible. So I couldn't come up with
a better way to say than "common mistakes".

I thought "Oh, boy! I should've brought a Miss Manners'
with me!"

When I got home in Japan, I did check "Miss Manners'"
But I couldn't find any good answers there.

Obviously she didn't play Go!もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

Shame on you, Miss Manners’!!!

Just kidding!!!わーい(嬉しい顔)

So I've come up with a better way to say, which is...

To be continued...

If you do not know Miss Manners', here is the book:


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