Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: Why do Korean pros keep winning international tournaments? Part II

Why do Korean pros keep winning international tournaments? Part II

Why do Korean pros keep winning international tournaments? Part II

As usual this is the continuation of yesterday's blog.

A few years ago I asked Kobayashi Koichi professional
when I had dinner with him along with others.

He didn't give me an answer.がく〜(落胆した顔)
(It seems like it was a mystery to him...)

So it was a big mystery to me as well...

But the answer came to me suddenly.ひらめき

Recently I've read an article in Nikkei Shimbun,
Japan's Wall Street Journal, which talked about
how Korean children learn baduk(iGo) when they
are young.

This iGo writer seems to have observed the iGo
world in Japan and the baduk world in Korea
over the years

According to him, Korean children
solve hundreds of, thousands of problem sets
when they were little.ひらめき

And he thinks that's the difference between
Korean pros and Japanese pros when they
study as a child.

He is right.

In Japan young children don't do that.

Nor do we have many problem sets.

So if his argument is true, then in order to
become a strong Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk player,
you should try as many problem sets as possible

And I think easy problems are good for amateurs. :)

BTW, this summer I was at the US Go Congress.

I had a great chance to ask Korean pros about
how they studied baduk when they were little
and how Korean children study to be a pro.

Unfortunately, I forgot to ask that.もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

For some reason it never occurred to me...

Do any of you know Korean pros and ask
her or him about the truth?

I want to make sure if the argument about is

If you find out about it, please let me know.


Oh, I've already got one suggestion on this blog
yesterday. He made a very good comment.

So if you are interested in it, please check it outexclamation

Write a comment along with Japanese words such as "囲碁". Without Japanese words, you can't leave the comment.
Cho Hye-yeon 8p has an English blog at http://loveku.livejournal.com/. You can find some information about her at http://senseis.xmp.net/?ChoHyeYeon

So maybe you could ask her - she once wrote that she speaks some 日本語 as well.
Posted by Marcel at 2008年09月19日 06:36
Dear Marcel,

Thanks for the info. I'd like to do that.

Thanks again.

Kaz the Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk 囲碁 teacher!
Posted by Kaz at 2008年09月19日 15:10
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