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….

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  • What comments got lost?
    I’ll have to think about reworking the layout of GoKibitz in the narrow view. One can’t really see the game as well as comments on screen at the same time. 🙁 Otherwise, the embed seems to work pretty well.

  • Hello, Master – I would think the computers (‘engines’) would have 9 x 9 pretty well figured out (‘busted’ in chess slang). If so, it would be interesting to see computer analysis as we see in chess these days. I’ve never played 9 x 9 but it appears good for reading, life-and-death and local situations? I am going (slowly) through Invincible. Wonderful book but mostly still beyond me, unfortunately. I wait for ‘Big Ben: The Games of the Mighty Master.’ 🙂

    • Hey Molokai! You sure know how to make my laugh. Haha.
      And to your point, yes computers have pretty much figured out 9×9. On the other hand though, most of us human players have yet to do so; which allows for quick and fun sparring via apps like GoQuest. So while it does have the benefit of forcing players into fighting and testing reading ability, the biggest appeal to me has definitely been the short time frame it can be played in.

      • Hi, Master –
        Good point! The feedback loop playing 9 x 9 would be quite fast. It would seem reviewing computer analysis for the ‘best move’ versus whatever the poor human played would add to the learning – similar to what is common in chess these days? Along with my reading/visualization studies I am also working through Beauty and the Beast by Shen Guosun (a little beyond me) and Fundamental Principles of Go by Yilun Yang (just about my speed).

        • I’ve never heard of “Beauty and the Beast,” you’ll have to let me know how you like it!
          In terms of the 9×9, I definitely would see value for seeing what the computer would do versus a human; but I was speaking in terms of simply being able to play more games since they are so quick and then you can review them afterwards with much more ease (as opposed to a 19×19 board).

  • Love the GoKibitz integration, but I was curious if there is a way to have the comments displayed to the right of the board (similar to how it looks on gokibitz.com). While it’s not a big deal, I can either see the board or the comments. Glad to see you posting again to =)

    • Hmm.. I haven’t looked at whether there are attributes to configure that, but I do think that I would probably need to update the design of the blog (which is definitely on my mind) to be able to accommodate the full screen implementation of GoKibitz.
      Glad to start making my way back! Haha. Hope that all is well with you!

    • It’s because GoKibitz tries to accommodate itself to whatever width is available, shifting layout for narrower screens. I might see if I can experiment with making this width a little friendlier.

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