Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk Go, Igo, Weiqi, Baduk. Kaz's original Igo-advice & fundamentals of Igo: Common amateur iGo players' syndromes

ADUTL $100 common mistake

ADUTL $100 common mistake

Now the summer vacation is coming, and many of you may travel. When you travel, please do not make a $100 mistake below in terms of Go. I’ll show you how to prevent that, too.

When you review my materials or study a Go book, you should not copy just sentences.

I've met many Japanese adult players who copy only commentaries (sentences) and don’t copy diagrams probably because copying sentences is faster and easier. They mistakenly assume that learning commentaries (sentences) will help them.

Unfortunately, many of them do not realize the fact that without understanding a shape, memorizing a sentence is not at all helpful, but can be harmful.

( I state “shape”. This can mean, a good shape, a tesuji, a life-and-death problem, etc. It can mean anything. )

Why is it harmful? Here is the reason.

There are so many diagrams that look the same or very similar to amateurs. But even if two different diagrams seem to show almost the same in the eyes of amateurs, they are often completely different in the eyes of pros or top amateurs.

In most case if there is a subtle difference, a correct move can be completely different, and the results are totally and utterly different.

For example, for native English speakers, the words “memo” and “nemo” are completely different. But for English speaking beginners, they look very similar.

The words “evidence” and “evince” do not the same meaning. The word “basic” and “basis” are not exactly the same. The words “different” and “deferred” are not the same. ( I wish I could come up with better examples in terms of English words.)

For some Americans, Cambodia and Laos may look the same. For some Asians, Canada and the U.S.A may look the same. (Maybe these are extreme examples… But Go beginners make that kind of mistakes. )

There are so many misunderstandings in Go because of similar shapes.

Every game is different, and every situation can be different. The stronger you become, the more you will sharpen your ability to see the differences. To do so, you must understand shapes and differences of shapes. (BTW, this is why I try to make problems that show differences sometimes.)

Many talented children can become very strong very quickly. In less than a year, a 1dan talented child becomes a 7dan amateur and then becomes a pro because they never forget shapes.

But adults cannot remember many diagrams at once. So some adults try to rely on words, but that’s not a good idea because of the reason above. So please be careful.

Now the summer vacation is coming, and many of you may travel. When you travel, please do not make a $100 mistake by copying only sentences. You must copy your diagrams, too.

If you have iPad, all you have to do is to transfer my texts to the iPad.

One of my students sent me the following info. I don’t have iPad, nor have I ever used it, so all I can do is just copy his sentence below…

Here's the process in case you wanted to share it with other students:

1. Create a zip file of all problems on computer

2. Buy Easygo app

3. Connect iPad to computer, open iTunes in computer, go to "iPad -> Apps -> EasyGo" and Add.. to EasyGo the zip file you created in 1.

4. Open EasyGo on iPad

5. Create new folder ("Kaz Problems") and click on Import button - this should open the File Manager and you should see the zip file from 3.

6. Last note - view problems in Edit mode otherwise you will miss some comments on some moves.

On December 18th, a student of mine posted a video to show how you can see the view of iPad if you tranfer my texts to iPad. Please take a look: https://vimeo.com/114771936

On December 17th, another student sent me the following informatoin:

You can view Kaz Go texts on an iPhone using an app called SmartGo Kifu to save and open the sgf files. That will let you look at them.

If I find out more about a different way to reivew my problems, I'll keep adding here.

Thank you for reading this and good luck to you!

"Playing each move without thinking" syndrome

"Playing each move without thinking" syndrome

■ More detailed explanations of 1.
“Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes ■ 

1"Playing each move without thinking" syndrome

2"Responding the opponent without looking at the move" syndrome

(1. and 2. are related.)

If one of these becomes a habit, that's not good for you.

Number one iGo syndrome might be more serious, actually.

I've seen many amateurs in Japan who just don't
even look at a situation or an opponent's move.

They just play a move in a flash when an opponent
plays a move.

It looks to me like it's a competition of whoever plays
faster wins a game.

Wherever an opponent plays, they are determined
to play a move faster than ever before.

If you happen to have this kind of tendency; i.e.
you tend to play as fast as a bullet train
from the beginning to the end, then you're
either a superman or a super fast playing.

I must say that there are moments
where you can play without thinking.

But there are many moments where you have to
watch a local fight, the surroundings, and
the entire go board and decide where to play.

It might take 10 seconds, 30 seconds, a minute,
or 3 minutes...

It really depends on how complex a situation
is, how strong you're, how much you know
joseki or a tesuji, things like that.

The stronger you become, the faster you can think,
read, analyze things.

Professional baduk players can read 20 or 30 moves
in a second rather easily.

This I am not exaggerating.

That's what they're trained for.

If they play a 5 second Japanese byoyomi, they
can still read a lot of variations during a
five second.

They also think and read during an opponent's

So each move they can think 10 seconds.

If they take time, they can read a hundred of
moves in a couple of minutes, depending on
how complicated a situation is though.

You can improve your iGo reading as well.

The more you train in reading, the faster it

To be continued...

6 Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes

6 Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes

Sorry that I haven't written anything for a while.

I'll do my best to keep writing this iGo blog!

There are many common amateur mistakes as many of you have

And over the years of teaching, I've found that
there are some patterns for those weiqi players
who have a tendency, with which they may have a hard
time improving their baduk.

As I said before, many of my iGo students are (were)
at their 60s and 70s
. So perhaps the following syndromes
are only those Go players at their 60s and 70s.

But I have a feeling that most iGo players at all age
groups have more or less similar syndrome problems like
the following:

■ Common Amateur iGo Players' Syndromes ■ 

1"Playing each move without thinking" syndrome

2"Responding the opponent without looking at the move" syndrome

(1. and 2. are related.)

3"Killing all the stones" syndrome

4"I Can't stop attacking the opponent's stones" syndrome

(3. and 4. are related.)

5The green-eyed monster syndrome

More specifically...

"The opponent's moyo and territory looks always
bigger than mine" syndrome

6"Assuming too much" syndrome

More specifically...

"Assuming that I'll never become strong" syndrome (due to age, etc.)

"Assuming that all my moves in this game are bad, so
I can't learn from it" syndrome



All these syndrome are pretty tough to get rid of it.

I had the similar experience when I was a teenager.

I was once addicted to pachinko, a common gamble in Japan.
It's legal, but you lose a lot of money very quickly.

In Japan many people are addicted to it, and they
tend to neglect their work, or accumulate debts
to play pachinko.

Fortunately for weiqi players, being addicted to Go
will not make you lose a lot of money.

But having any of those syndromes may prevent you
from becoming a stronger baduk player....

I think I'll explain the syndromes further next time...