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Is playing as many games as possible the best way to become strong?

Is playing as many games as possible the best way to become strong?

This article relates to the previous one:
( http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/251432166.html )

Many people in Japan try to convince kyu players
that they should play as many games as possible
in order to become stronger. Ironically I haven’t
met anyone who has become strong without learning

My experience tells me differently; you should
acquire as much basics as possible. You should
study basics far more than play many games.

If you just play thousands of games without ever
learning basics, you are going to end up with your
own Go style, the style without tesuji or correct

I have met so many Go players in Japan with their
own style. When they started taking my lessons and
learning basics, it was extremely difficult to get
rid of their style because their styles were
ingrained in their mind for a long time.

After years of teaching, many of them still struggle
to get rid of them.

So I suggest the following:
If you have 4-hour free time, I recommend that you
study at least 2 hours, and then play a game for
an hour and review the game for an hour.
( I think you need to study more, but it's up to you.)

To be honest I don’t know how many hours you should
study. But please learn basics far more than playing
games. Let me give you my experience.

I’ve been studying Chinese.
Every day I go to a supermarket and a convenience
store because Chinese part-time workers are there.
I speak to one person for one minute every day,
and in total I have two one-minute Chinese lessons.

I sometimes prepare for this one-minute lesson for
about 30 minutes, sometimes an hour. I write down
my jokes in Chinese and practice pronunciation
many times.

When I meet a Chinese worker, I always record the

After the lessons, I listen to the recording and
correct my pronunciation on my way home. When I get
home, I write down the conversation and look up new

Additionally I try to correct their Japanese because
I like quid pro quo. Every day I write down Japanese
advice and give it to them the next day. In fact
I'm good at correcting foreigners' Japanese mistakes.
The reviewing time and the Japanese correction in total
take me about 30 minutes.

This means that if you play a game an hour, there
must be many things you could learn...

Although I must admit that without a Go dictionary,
Go books, or a Go teacher, it may be very hard to
find right moves. So comparing my experience with
reviewing Go may not be a good one.

Because of that, how much you like to review a game
is up to you.

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You are absolutely right. I started 囲碁 six months ago and just played and played, mostly losing. A lot of people seem to think this is the normal course, but I disagree after reading your ideas. I work on basic problems , many of which I have already solved, more than I play games. My understanding is that one simply does not have time to consciously process basic patterns during a game. This is work that should be done on one`s ownIt`s the same as playing scales on the piano. They are not for performance but without them one simply learns errors and lacks confidence. Four months later I can hold my own against KGS 17 and 18 kyuu players and enjoy playing a lot more. But I am not going to stop doing the basic problems over and over....
Posted by Buri at 2012年03月21日 13:18
Dear Buri,

Thanks very much for your comments. I'm glad to hear that you agree with me. I'm also happy to find that you solve basic problems. I think you're going to become stronger faster than many Go players. :)

I'm on KGS sometimes; my account is "Kaz". Hope to see you there.

Thanks again.

Kaz as 囲碁 teacher
Posted by Kaz at 2012年03月21日 14:06
What problem books would you recommend for mastering basic Go skills? I am currently 12k on KGS, but my 囲碁 skills are...下手 Much obliged in advance for your recommendations.
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