Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: Kaz's original Igo simul teaching; even games and giving advice!

Kaz's original Igo simul teaching; even games and giving advice!

Kaz's original Igo simul teaching; even games and giving advice!

On the third day and the fourth day, I had simultaneous
teaching games, and I showed my very original

In fact, I stopped playing handicap games in my teaching
many year ago.

(I had a number of reasons to stop it.)

Instead I always play an even game with my students.

I don't mind having Black or White.

I don't mind giving two stones or receiving two stones
against my 5 kyu students.

My main objective of teaching iGo is to make my students
two stones stronger as quickly as possible and as efficiently
as possible!

My years of teaching go experience so far tells me that
in my case playing an even game is one of the best ways to make them
two stones stronger.

For other iGo, Weiqi, Baduk teachers handicap games work reall well. So that's great.

But not in my case.

Another important objective of my teaching iGo is to make my students
enjoy and/or satisfied with playing games with me.

To do so, I just meet their demand; I do whatever they want to practice.

In Japan retailers say "customers are gods."

In the West "customers are kings" or "customers are always right."

In my case "my iGo students are Shogun" or
"my iGo students are Shusaku."

So I'll respectfully do anything to meet their demands.

I've been doing this teaching iGo style for years, and
so far 98% of the people like this style.わーい(嬉しい顔)

If a student wants to have an ordinary handicap game, that's
perfectly fine with me. I take White and just play an ordinary
handicap game.

But I've found that many amateur Igo players have such a hard
time playing an even game.

Even games are far more difficult than handicap games since
there are far more places to play.

And many of them do not know many joseki such as 3-4 point
joseki, 3-5 point joseki, 4-5 point joseki, etc.

It's almost impossible to learn all that whether
you're a dan player or a kyu player.

I not only play an even game with my students,
but I also give advice during my teaching games.

Whether I play a handicap or an even game,
I give students advice during my simuls whenever
I perceive that my students need advice.

Well, some people don't like to have advice during
the game.

So first I ask them "May I give you some advice?"

Most of them say "Yes!"

During the Go Congress, the same thing did happen!

The reason I started giving advice during the Igo game
was that many of my students told me the following:

"After the game, even if you give me comments,
I don't remember why I played."

The more repeatedly I heard this, the more I thought that
they might like to have advice during their games.

In fact, my Go teacher told me not to speak
during the game. So I was trained not to say
anything during the game.

So this way of playing had become a second nature
like breathing without thinking or like sleeping
at night.

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