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criteria of common amateur mistakes and understainding pros' games

criteria of common amateur mistakes and understainding pros' games

I teach Go in a very unique way. For example, I send various problems after each lesson; as far as I know I’m the only Go teacher who sends problems after a lesson. I make and send problems because of the following reasons: http://kazsensei.com/teaching/#problems

Using the following criteria is one of other unique teaching methods (As far as I know, I'm the only Go teacher who has made the criteria. Before I made these, I had to teach hundreds, perhaps a thousand adult players, to analyze their mistakes, and to understand the level of their mistakes. So it took me many years to make the following criteria:

☆I often comment like "$30 common mistake." See below:

$100 mistake = With this mistake, you can lose a game instantly. So you must avoid it.
$ 90 mistake = Excruciatingly bad,
$ 80 mistake = Excessively bad. It’s so bad that you may not forget it for a week.
$ 70 mistake = It’s so bad that you may not forget it for the next day,
$ 60 mistake = It’s so bad that you may not forget it for the next an hour,
$ 50 mistake = Very bad,
$ 40 mistake = Bad,
$ 30 mistake = No good,
$ 20 mistake = Not so good,
$ 10 mistake = It’s a light mistake and not so important for kyu players.
$ 5 mistake =A small mistake; 1 and 2 dan players don’t have to worry about it.

BTW, the other day one of the students asked me why a top pro
did play a certain move. I couldn’t answer that.

Here is what I wrote in the email:

With regard to top pros’ moves, I'm sorry, I'm afraid, but I couldn’t answer that.

Top pros’ moves are beyond my understanding. Even if I spend many
hours, days, or months, I could only guess what each move means.
They could read a hundred moves in a flash according to some pros.

If I understood the meaning of each move, I would be getting pros' titles today.

BTW, I believe that in order to become strong as fast as possible,
I recommend studying the following way: http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/396285189.html

Of course, playing top pros' games is a lot of fun, and their moves, tesuji,
and shapes are beautiful. It’s really great to spend some time and appreciate
their games.

If you review pros' games, I strongly recommend that you buy a book with showing a
commentary. Consequently, you will understand some of the moves and appreciate their games.

So if you like to review pros' games, you should by all means do that.

Thank you very much for reading this blog again out of your busy life.


Kaz's going to teach on KGS plus and to publish some Go books!

Kaz's going to teach on KGS plus and to publish some Go books!

Sorry that I didn't write for a long time...

Please forgive me.

But I have some good news for the readers! :)

First of all, I'll be teaching on KGS plus for the fist time
on November 20th.

Here is my teaching time:

Japan Standard Time      21th 6:30am
GMTGreenwich mean time(London) 20th 9:30pm
France, Germany 20th 10:30pm
Eastern Standard Time (NY) 20th 5:30pm
Pacific Standard Time 20th 2:30pm

Hopefully you can make it there.

The second good news is that I've been asked to write
some iGo books by Slate & Shell publishing company.

I've got hundreds of materials in my head and in my

So I said "yes!"

I've already sent some materials to the company.

If things are going well, you may be able to see
my book for kyu players in 6 months or so...

I assume that it'll take more time than 6 months...

In my book I'm going to have an approach different
from my Go Web Services; if it were the same,
people wouldn't buy it.

Hope some of you are interested in it!

Last but not least, I found some disgusting trackbacks
on my blogs.

I didin't notice them until just now.

Not only did I get rid of it, but I also set up a system
on my blog in such a way that nobody could set a trackback on
my blog without my permission.

So if you try to trackback, I'll check it to see if it's
a good one. Then I'll give permission, and you would
see the trackback.

So from now on, nobody is going to see any disgusting
website any more.

Now I'm going back to my blog.

After I had written my last blog
( http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/108240400.html ),
I received a question from a reader.

I hope he doesn't mind my putting the question on the

The question might very well help other readers, so
please allow me to put it on.

(it's a bit modified)

> In your blog ( http://kazsensei.seesaa.net/article/108187284.html )
> you mentioned a 'green-eyed monster syndrome'.

Ooops, time is up! I've got to get going!

I'll continue this...

How to write comments on this Igo blog and some Japanese words in English!

How to write comments on this Igo blog and some Japanese words in English!

First I have to inform you that I regret to inform you that
Kaz's great Igo (Wei Chi, Baduk) text services will be delayed.もうやだ〜(悲しい顔)

The services will start in October, 2008.

I appreciate your understanding.ふらふら


Second I just realize that the readers can't write any
comments on this blog since most words are written in

So I'll explain some Japanese words, so you can comment
on it.

At the bottom of each blog page, you can see "Comment(0)".

When you click "Comment(0)", you can see the following
Japanese words.

I'll translate the following:

■ この記事へのコメント = Comment on this blog.

■ コメントを書く = Write the comment.

お名前: = Name:

メールアドレス: = email address

ホームページアドレス: = homepage address

コメント: = comment

BTW, you don't have to write your email address and homepage.
Just the comment should be fine.


★★ Warning ★★

When you write down your comments, please copy
this Japanese word "囲碁" (Igo) and paste it on
the comment section, so you could finish it.

Otherwise, "ERROR" mark comes out, and you can't
put the comment on this blog!

Now you can feel free to write anything, I hope. :)


Also at the top of the blog, you can see the following
Japanese words:

- 1 2 3 4 次の5件>>

"次の5件" = the next 5 pages

If you click "次の5件", you'll see:

"<<前の5件 1 2 3 4 次の5件>> "

"前の5件" = "the previous 5 pages"

"next 5 pages" = "the next 5 pages"

And on the right hand column, I also put many titles of
the previous 20 pages.

Now you can just read the title and click what you want to read.

I hope you can read the blog more easily.