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6 Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes

6 Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes

Sorry that I haven't written anything for a while.

I'll do my best to keep writing this iGo blog!

There are many common amateur mistakes as many of you have

And over the years of teaching, I've found that
there are some patterns for those weiqi players
who have a tendency, with which they may have a hard
time improving their baduk.

As I said before, many of my iGo students are (were)
at their 60s and 70s
. So perhaps the following syndromes
are only those Go players at their 60s and 70s.

But I have a feeling that most iGo players at all age
groups have more or less similar syndrome problems like
the following:

■ Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes ■ 

1"Playing each move without thinking" syndrome

2"Responding the opponent without looking at the move" syndrome

(1. and 2. are related.)

3"Killing all the stones" syndrome

4"I Can't stop attacking the opponent's stones" syndrome

(3. and 4. are related.)

5The green-eyed monster syndrome

More specifically...

"The opponent's moyo and territory looks always
bigger than mine" syndrome

6"Assuming too much" syndrome

More specifically...

"Assuming that I'll never become strong" syndrome (due to age, etc.)

"Assuming that all my moves in this game are bad, so
I can't learn from it" syndrome



All these syndrome are pretty tough to get rid of it.

I had the similar experience when I was a teenager.

I was once addicted to pachinko, a common gamble in Japan.
It's legal, but you lose a lot of money very quickly.

In Japan many people are addicted to it, and they
tend to neglect their work, or accumulate debts
to play pachinko.

Fortunately for weiqi players, being addicted to Go
will not make you lose a lot of money.

But having any of those syndromes may prevent you
from becoming a stronger baduk player....

I think I'll explain the syndromes further next time...

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