Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: How a 73-year-old man improved his iGo

73-year-old lessons & "playing-fast syndrome"

73-year-old lessons & "playing-fast syndrome"

4When I'm in a local fight, I always try to think about when to
finish the fight as well as about getting sente to play somewhere

5I try to control myself so that I will not play an overplaying

6Playing greedily will not help me. So I try not to be greedy.

7During the game, when I don't know what to do, I just play
based on my senses (or feelings or intuitions).

(I'm not sure how to translate "senses" here. When it comes
to the game of iGo, Japanese pros often say "kankaku"
which can be translated as something like "senses, feelings or
intuitions. Does anybody know the correct translation?)

8I try to review lessons in my iGo school and Kaz sensei's lessons
a couple of times a week. The more I understand iGo, the more
my interest in iGo grows.

■ Conclusion ■

The lessons in the iGo school and Kaz sensei's lessons have been
bearing fruit.


He reminded me of some of the common syndromes when I taught
at that baduk school.

One of them is "playing-most-moves-without-thinking syndrome".

Once in this blog I said "If you think for a long time,
you might want to play fast."

(To think for a long time means thinking for more than
10 minutes each move and every move...

In fact, my dad thought about each and every move at least
10 minutes... often 20 minutes from the first move to
the last move.

So each game took him at least 2 hours, often 3 hours.

Almost all iGo players in Japan hated playing with him.

I guess I inherited it from him. So when I was a child,
I thought about a move for a long time.

Now I play very fast, though.)

Yes, thinking each move for 15 minutes is not a good idea.


"Playing-most-moves-without-thinking syndrome" is
not good either!

You should think when it comes to life-and-death problems
and capturing race at least.

If you have "playing-most-moves-without-thinking syndrome",
one way to prevent is to put a towel on your go bowl.

So you can't hold a stone immediately.

This is how Abe 9-dan pro in Japan did it when he was
a child.

Yes! He did have "playing-most-moves-without-thinking syndrome".
And he successfully got rid of it!

73-year-old iGo player could improve weiqi

73-year-old iGo player could improve weiqi

73-years-old iGo player improved. How?

I taught at one of the most well-run iGo schools in Tokyo.

One day there was a 73-years-old iGo player came to my
simul teaching place and started taking my simul lessons
along with other 15 or 20 iGo players once every week.

Right after taking my lessons, he kept winning 10 games
in a row in his class.

Even after that, he continued to have a pretty good
winning ratios.

After 10 months, he thanked me and handed a note to me,
which showed how he learned from me and how he studied.

The note was impressive to me, and I thought that would
help other weiqi players, so I copied it and handed to
other Go players.

His case may be an exception, or not everyone could
imitate him perhaps.

But maybe there's something you might learn...

Here's his note (the following note is a translation
of Kaz iGo E-journal in Japanese

■ This is how a 73-year-old Go player studied ■

In July 2003, I started going to this iGo school as 7 kyu.
I kept improving up to 2 kyu in a year.

But up to that point, my improvement stopped. I had to
stay as 2 kyu for a half year.

At that time I thought "I'm 73 years old, and I don't study
a lot, so I guess I'm not going to improve much any more.

Then I heard about Kaz sensei and decided to take some
lessons from him.

To my surprise, beginning my next class, I kept winning
10 games in a row.

Furthermore, my winning ratios had become 84% for 10 months
even since I stated taking lessons from Kaz sensei.

Now I'm a little behind one-dan, and I've been amazed by
my improvement.

What made me really happy was that I still have some
potential to be stronger even though I'm such an aged

In retrospect, I reflected how I studied iGo for the past
10 months.

1 Every time I took a lesson from Kaz sensei, in my
recording Go sheets, I wrote down some notes just
a couple of places which impressed me most, so that
I would reviewed them later.

2 It's very hard to learn joseki, so I try to learn
only some joseki which has only a few moves rather than
a long, convoluted joseki.

3When I play a game, I always try to think about
where is the biggest point, watching the corner, the side,
and the center.

To be continued...