Monday Go Meditation: Game 72

What you have before you is not a game of miraculous play or some game I’m particularly proud of. Instead, this is evidence of someone who has simply taken the first steps to playing once again.

As far as lessons learned, it is this: No matter how much weaker your opponent might be, there is always an opportunity to learn from each of your moves. Just because you dominated does not mean that your game was perfect and without fault.

Off In Development World…

As some of you are aware, I’ve gone off the deep end into the software development world. I’ll be taking a longer sabbatical than anticipated; but you’ll still be able to catch me for a game of go or discussion on things you can do to progress! So feel free to email me whenever and draw me out to a game on KGS whenever, because I could sure use the distraction.

Meanwhile, best of luck to everyone on their games and their progress. I definitely look forward to seeing how much everyone has grown by the time I come back! Ganbatte!

P.S. If you’d like to keep up with what I’m up to, I’ve created a new Twitter devoted to my development and UX exploits. Until then everyone!

Encountering My First Chess Advocate

Today at work I was talking to my co-worker and was scoffed at when he found out I played go.

“Who plays go?!” he exclaimed.

I tried to then jump into a mini-speech on its complexity; but he shut me down pretty quickly by dismissing me and saying that chess was much more complex and the only reason why go is as “mysterious” as it seems to be is because it essentially hasn’t had the same exposure here in the Western world. And given enough time, it would be clear that chess was clearly the harder game.

To be honest, I was rather baffled and shocked. I had encountered my fair share of chess vs go arguments, but this was the first time I’d encountered it in person (and with such vigor as well). Sadly I was too shaken by the encounter to really try and convince him otherwise. (To give some context, he is very intelligent and is extremely knowledgeable about a lot of things. So in other words, I wasn’t going to win him over with any sort of uplifting speech about go.)

As I sit here thinking about it, I do want to write about my personal take on the chess vs go debate and why I chose go; but that is for another time. For now, what I will say is that I think that trying to argue that one is superior over another is like saying one is better off learning one instrument over another. You can spend all day arguing over minutiae of how one instrument might give better coordination than another; but what really matters at the end of the day is as simple as which one gives you real joy. And if you have that, that is enough to make one thing better for you than another.

Just my two cents.

Monday Go Meditation: Game 71


For this week’s meditation, we are going to start off nice and easy with a 9×9 game I played on GoQuest a week or so ago. It’s not too crazy in regards to fighting, but is a great example of how powerful influence can be on such a small board. Hope that you enjoy the game and the commentary!

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Hello Again with GoKibitz

Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you know I’m still alive and well. Been getting into some really interesting projects these past few weeks and have been really pondering what I can do with blogging again since I miss doing it. And as someone who hates it when a regular blogger just drops out of the blogosphere, you can rest assured that I won’t ever just leave the blog hanging in the event I need to close up shop for awhile.

In terms of what I’ve been up to, I’ve been tinkering again with daily regimens and playing games via DGS and OGS while concurrently juggling a new job and trying to learn a ton of new skills. I’ve gone all the way back down to the very basics of doing only 10 life and death problems a day. They’re not hard in any sense of the word, but they help me to keep a connection to the world of go.

And as a special treat for those who miss my reviews, I’ve decided to try reviewing one of my 9×9 games that I played recently on GoQuest via an awesome new social kifu reviewing software called GoKibitz that a close friend and long time rival built himself. So I hope you enjoy the review and I will try and post again soon!

UPDATE: Apparently all my comments got lost in the abyss of the internet…. Oy vey… I’ll try and get another version up soon….

Happy Chinese New Year 2015!


First and foremost, my apologies for disappearing out of the blue like that. Though it would not have been my preference, a number of things came up that forced me to put go on the back burner for a little bit. On the upside though, I will be starting a new job in a couple of weeks and plan to start getting back to go.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Weekly Status Report: #12


With 2015 upon us, I wanted to start off right by kicking off the status reports again since they are a great way for me to keep myself accountable to what’s been happening. As you’ll notice, the training regimen has returned to its simplest form. This is primarily due to the desire to stay the course without any wavering. So while this report is a little bare, I’m certainly hoping to grow it in time. Hope you all had a great New Years!

Daily Training Regimen

  • Do 2 pages of Jump Level Up series.


  • Jump Level Up 3 by Baduktopia
  • Handicap-Go Strategy and the Sanrensei Opening by by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich


  • KGS – 0 games
  • OGS –  1 ongoing game

A Retrospective on 2014

Hey everyone. Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while. As you might have guessed, I’ve been caught up with work along with the many obligations that come with the holiday season. Lots of late nights, running errands, cooking, cleaning, etc.

While I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like, I couldn’t bear the thought of ending 2014 without some sort of retrospective.

In terms of how the year has gone, it has been a rather introspective one that was fraught with a lot of anxieties and insecurities that plagued me subconsciously. Though it’s rather unfortunate that it took me so long to identify the issue at hand, it has been an important discovery that has allowed me to start fixing a lot of different aspects in my life. So once again, I have another thing to add on to the list of reasons I’m thankful that go is in my life.

And while the standard practice is to make big overtures about what the next year will bring, I think I’ll take a page from modesty this time around. No grand gestures of blogging everyday or playing 100 games in a month. Instead, I’ll just let you know what I have in mind for next year:

  1. Actually play games and not just study.
  2. Find a groove that works for my blogging. I know what I want ideally, but it’s time I found the right balance for consistency.

With that said and done, I also want to take the time to thank everyone for their support of the blog. Your comments and words of advice and encouragement have been key in helping me persist through times of difficulty. I hope that you all have a great New Years Eve and will have an even better 2015. Till next year!