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how to study problems like life-and-death problems (詰碁)

how to study problems like life-and-death problems (詰碁)

Today's topic:

"how to study problems like life-and-death problems"

The other day I received the following question:
"Go question on life-and-death problems. I have a few books
that have problems in them. What is the best way to solve
those problems? Should I set up a board and work through
them? Should I do them in my head? What's the the best way
to do Tsumego?"

Thanks for the question. Some people also asked me this
question in the past. It's nice that you brought that up.

I think it really depends on how hard it is for you to read
without using a Go board. It's very difficult to read, I think
it's okay to use a go board. I'll state the reason as follows.

Ideally you should practice them on your head because during
a game you can't put stones on the go board.

But I'm aware that reading is really difficult for some people,
especially the elderly. It seems true that the older you get,
the harder reading becomes.

I've met many people who could read 15 moves in the past, but
now they could read only 10 moves or less.

Also reading depends on how young you started Go.

They younger you start Go, the more easily you can read.
If you start Go as a teenager, you could develop the reading
ability to read 30 or 40 moves or even more.

But if you start Go in your 20s, it gets much harder. In the 30s,
even harder, and so on down the line.

In fact, more than half of my Go students in Japan were
in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. And some people in their 50s,
and many elderly people in their 60s and 70s told me
they could read only 3 moves.

(Although there are some exceptional elderly persons in their
70s, who could read many moves, but they are exceptions.)

They started playing Go in their 50s, 60s, or 70s.

So improving reading ability seems extremely difficult for them.
(Many of them seem to be embarrassed and didn't tell me that
for a long time...)

Also I wouldn't be surprised if there were such thing as
"reading Go dyslexia".

In the English speaking world, dyslexia is well-known.

But in the Go world, we've never heard of it. But if there are
people with dyslexia, isn't it possible that there could be
"reading Go dyslexia?"

I'm not a doctor, so I don't know. But if there were Go players
like that, I don't think anyone would force them to practice
reading without a Go board.

So every person has a different situation, and I can't tell
what's best for each person.

The most important thing for Go players is to enjoy solving
life-and-death problems or any other problems.

If it's excruciating, you shouldn't do that.

So I think you should do whatever makes you comfortable and
enjoyable when you solve life-and-death problems or tesuji
problems or anything. If putting stones on the Go board makes
you enjoyable, please do that.

In fact this is another reason that I recommend easy-to-understand
life-and-death problems (or tesuji problems or any problems).

In general it seems to me that the harder the problems are,
the less enjoyable it is to solve those problems. Easy problems
seem enjoyable for many people.

I just forgot one thing. Even if you read only 3 moves,
there's nothing to be embarrassed about. The most important
thing is to enjoy the game.

I hope my answer helps.

Best wishes,

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