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How long humans can concentrate? What about Fujisawa 9dan? Key to learn Go quikcly!

How long humans can concentrate? What about Fujisawa 9dan? Key to learn Go quikcly!

As is known, concentration is a key to learning
quickly as well as to playing a good game.

By the way, generally speaking, how long how long
is it possible for humans to concentrate at maximum?

The answer is probably 3 hours.

As an insei, I learned this number from a book
written by Serizawa Hirobumi (芹澤博文) 9 dan Shogi
(Shogi (将棋) is Japnaese chess game) and also
a 5 dan amateur Go player.

Serizawa and Fujisawa Hideyuki (藤沢秀行, Shuko
is also known as his name) both loved drinking, and they
drank together often; they were like brothers. (I have
an intriguingstory of them at the end.)

Serizawa Hirobumi wrote in his book that once he
thought of a move for a long time and played it.
When he saw the time, he spent 3 hours for that move.
Then he felt that natured called him; he went to pee,
and pee and blood came out. He concluded that a human
being could continue concentration 3 hours at maximum.

(I also read the same kind of story somewhere; someone
concentrated for 3 hours and peed with blood. But I don’t
remember which story that was... Sorry! But I do remember
the number “3 hours”. )

Later I learned that Fujisawa Hideyuki Kisei(棋聖)
also thought of one move for 2 hours and 57 minutes
and played an unbelievable killing move against
Kato Masao (加藤正夫) 9 dan in the 5th game of
the 2nd Kisei best-of-seven title match.

Kato challenged Fujisawa’s Kisei title and won
three games and lost one game. All he needed was win
just one more game to get the Kisei title.

But Fujisawa’s tenacity to kill the group in the
5th game overcame Kato. After this game, Fujisawa
was completely and utterly exhausted and couldn’t
move for a while.

But because of this winning, Fujisawa revived!

He won the 6th and 7th game and defended his Kisei
title. (This 5th game is shown in my website:
http://www.kazsensei.com/ ).

So this means that you can improve your concentration
up to 3 hours. (I haven’t. :(

Whoever concentrates his/her study can learn quickly.
And whoever concentrates a game better than the opponent
is likely to win.

Pros often say in a Go magazine that“I lost my
concentration momentarily and made a mistake,
which turned out to be the losing move.”

So concentration IS important in order to win.

Pros are usually an expert at concentration.

They have built the ability to concentrate for a long
time. But this ability didn’t come overnight. Years
of training as a childhood has made them build such
an incredible concentration.

Amateurs can improve Go as well as concentration if
they don't have one, yet. They just need some training.

The problem is that unlike children, many adults don’t
have much time to study Go; they have to work and
take care of the family, etc.

So even if you have only 15-minute study time every day,
I think it’s a good idea to create an environment in
which you could completely absorb yourself in Go.

Using a timer is one way to improve your concentration
when you solve Go problems. You may think that
"studying only 15 minutes" doesn’t help me much.

But in fact concentrating 15 minutes is not an easy thing,
I think. Being able to concentrate for 15 minutes anytime
anywhere is not easy, either. I mean can you concentrate
your study or work in an ear-splitting construction site?

But if you could do that, you could learn Go anywhere
anytime. So you could become stronger faster than other

If you have trouble concentrating even for 15 minutes,
that’s a good start. When you get used to it, then
you can increase the time little by little.

If you really want to become a strong Go player,
you should use your time efficiently as well.

For example many people watch games on the internet
and on TV Go program in Japan. It's fun, a lot of fun.
But are they really concentrating? Are they thinking
about next moves and reading moves as much as you
play a serious game? If the answer is "no", then
you may have to find a better way to study Go.

I also sometimes think that watching a strong player's
game on the internet may not be the best use of time.

Let me give you an example.

Suppose you're a 10 kyu player. Does watching a game
between 5 dan amateur players help you learn?
I'm not sure if that's helpful.

1. How do you know that those strong players have
solid basic foundations? If they are full of
common amateur mistakes, then the chances are
that you're learning common amateur mistakes.

2. Suppose those two 5 dan amateur players have built
solid basic foundations. In that case you can learn

But what if they started playing an "avalanche" joseki?
Is it going to be very useful for 10 kyu players?
Isn't it better for them to learn at their own level?
It’s very likely that they are learning
something way advanced, which may take you 3 or 4
years or possibly longer to understand.

If you're a 10 kyu player, you can't tell how easy
or difficult a game is. Is it better to solve
life-and-death problems at 10 kyu level than
watch a an "avalanche" joseki? It's up to you to

By the say, I have already written on my blog that
it is important to "Find a book or problems at your own level"
( http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/251502535.html).

I must say that my advice is often for adults, especially
those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, since a more than
half of my Go students are at those ages.

If you’re a child or a teenager, then you could become
5 dan from 10 kyu in a few years if you study hard;
in that case learning an “avalanche” joseki may by okay.

But for adults I think it's wise to know that you could
avoid an “avalanche” joseki and can still become a strong
player. To become a storng Go player, you need to build
basics foundations, not an "avalanche" joseki.

Pros have developed an incredible concentration when
they were teenagers.

This is one of the biggest reasons that many pros
often learn other subjects, different from Go, very
quickly and become good at it.

For example cosmic style Takemiya Masaki(武宮正樹) 9dan
is known as an expert in golf, backgammon, mah-jong,
and singing. He even made a record debut once as a singer.
He also won a backgammon title once.

By the way, here is an intriguing stroy about Serizawa
Hirobumi (芹澤博文) 9 dan Shogi pro
and Fujisawa Hideyuki
(藤沢秀行, Shuko
9 dan.

Suppose a god of Go knows Go 100. How much do you know of Go?

Fujisawa and Serizawa once drank and talked about it.
They decided to write down on a piece of paper and handed
it in. Fujisawa’s answer was 6, and Srizawa’s was 7.
Fujisawa liked his answer, and Serizawa was embarrassed
by his answer because his number was higher than Fujisawa.

(Serizawa, by the way, was a talented shogi player,
but never got a major title.)
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