Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: Learn your favorite opening, master it, and keep learning move, so you can win more!

Learn your favorite opening, master it, and keep learning move, so you can win more!

Learn your favorite opening, master it, and keep learning move, so you can win more!

I often recommend that you have your favorite

The reason is:

1. You can learn neither all josekis nor all
opening variations. If you try to learn as
many openings as possible, you may not be
good at any opening. Keep in mind that
Takemiya Masaki 9-dan(武宮正樹), known as the
famous "cosmic style" of Go
, has been playing
the 3 star point oepning for many decades
and still plays different games.

2. If you have your favorite opening and keep
playing it, you can get better at it. So the
possibility of winning ratios may very well increase.

I've recently read a book written by Cho U Kisei
(張栩 棋聖, 王座 in 2012)
. In the book he says he never
studied the opening which would not appear in his games.

(Come to think of it, Cho U pro often came up with
a new opening. I assume that he created them intenationally.)
It's better to play an opening, which he knows very well,
and his opponents don't know much about it. When he takes
the lead in the opening, he could more likely win a game.
You can apply his strategy to your games.

3. If you keep playing the same opening, you often play
the same or similar joseki. This means that you may
very well retain josek and build more. It's hard to
retain joseki if you don't use them. Use it or lose it.

4. Even if you stop playing Go for a while, as long as you
studied one fuseki deeply, you may very well get them back
rather easily.

I need to explain 4. more.
Amateurs often stop playing Go for a while because they
get very busy working, taking care of the family, starting
other hobbies and activities, etc.

I’ve met many people who stopped playing Go for a year,
five, years, or even twenty years. They used to be an avid
Go players, so they eventually come back to play Go.

But if they had studied many opening and joseki variations,
then the chances are that they don’t remember any of them.

Ideally, though, you never stop studying Go.

Regardless of how busy you're, as long as you keep studying
Go even for 5 or 10 minutes the chances are that you may
not forget a lot of what you have learned.

How do you do that? For example you could leave your Go books
in a bathroom and read it once or twice a day.

The reason I say this is that one day I realize the following:

Rather than studying Go intensively for 6 months and not
studying for another 6 months, it seems better to study
for a year continuously even if the study is not intensive.

Some of my language talented friends have told me that
there are similarities between learning Go and languages.
And I have read some books and articles written by language
specialists who can speak several languages.

They all say that you should learn a language for a certain
period of time continuously. If you try to learn it
intensively in a short time and stop using it, it will
escape from you very quickly.

A person who speaks six languages once told me that
human brains work in such a way that brains tend to
forget things if a person stops learning or playing.

This means that if you stop playing Go, then your
brain thinks that the brain doesn’t have to retain
your Go knowledge and experience and starts inputting
new information in your head. It makes a lot of sense to me.

(This topic “Learn your favorite opening, master it,
and keep learning move!”
relates to the next topic
“You don’t have to learn the latest joseki or the
latest fuseki (opening)"
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