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To Resign or Not to Resign

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #18 As most of us are aware, the game of go is rather unique in the sense that it is considered honorable to resign. Unfortunately, when it comes to kyu players (particularly mid-SDK’s and below), I have found that resignation is the bane of their existence. Instead of resignation being a quiet acknowledgment of their opponent’s strength, it becomes a self...

Numb and Detached Go

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #17 As players pursue to gain another stone in strength, unless they are some kind of genius, they will eventually hit roadblocks and obstacles that will cause them to become frustrated and possibly even numb and detached from their go. For those who have never experienced this before, each move you play feels as if you are plodding towards your impending doom. With...

Look Both Ways Before You Play

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #16 As every player progresses, one of the skills that clearly shows signs of improvement is the ability to read ahead. Whether it is only one or twenty moves more, this gives a player a significant advantage if he/she is able to read further than his/her opponent. However, one of the things I’ve noticed in my own progress is that the attempt to read out longer...

Stronger-Player-Suji

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #15 I recently had the pleasure of discussing a game with frozensoul and DeepSnow, when DeepSnow said something that made me laugh: “I count on kyu players to outread themselves.” – DeepSnow While it was funny at the moment, it didn’t take long before the truth of the statement dawned on me. For those wondering what he is talking about, DeepSnow...

The 6k Screwup

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When I decided to return to ranked games, I will have to be honest in that I expected my graph to just shoot up. In fact, I’ve even developed a reputation in the ASR League for being a “3k Killer.” So it should obviously follow that any even games with 6 and 7 kyus should be something I can win in my sleep right? WRONG! For those who don’t follow me on KGS, you’ll...

Even Games with Stronger Players

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #13 Whenever a player says that they’ve hit a wall in their growth, the first question I would ask every player is: Are you playing any even games with stronger players? That’s right. Are you putting yourself in a precarious situation where defeat is practically guaranteed? And before you go rushing off to write your rebuttal in the comments, here me out in...

Estimating Territory

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #11 Counting (i.e., estimating territory at any point in the game). Although this is a skill that many would say is critical to improving the consistency of your games, this is probably the skill that is most avoided by go players all around. For those who are not aware of the benefits of counting, it boils down to one simple principle: It provides guidance as to how...

Fighting Spirit

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 Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #10 In almost every game in the universe, as Yogi Berra once said, “It’s not over till it’s over!” Players are always forced to play it out till the end regardless of the how poorly they are doing. Granted, players can always quit in the middle of the game; but this is generally considered to be poor taste. While every game of go can...

Real Life Rank

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #9 For those who have never played in a in-person tournament before, the idea of a “real life rank” may seem foreign. I assure you, however, that this is something you’ll want to give some thought to before you enter your first tournament. As most of us know, a majority of go players have gained their strength through online play. As a result, common...

The Importance of Endgame

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So for those who don’t play on KGS, I actually managed to climb back up to 6k and hang on to it (*knock on wood*). As it is everyday, I had an urge to play a ranked game and decided to play against an opponent who is actually more along the lines of 5k but recently got downgraded to 6k. Although I was resistant to playing him at first, I decided to plunge ahead since I planned on beating...

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