Archive: undefined/2014

Friday Go Forward: Week 59


After trying to go through my training regimen from last week, I realized I was getting bored of practicing the same problems over and over again. And while my intentions were good (since my goal was to make all the problems instinctive), interest and motivation trumps that so I’ve moved on to more interesting topics to change it up for now. And especially after giving thought to the notion that tesuji is more important than life and death, I really wanted to start studying tesuji once again.

On another note, in case anyone missed it, the Washington Open is happening this weekend. Yours truly will be attending and competing/participating in whatever I can do. So you can definitely look forward to a series of posts on the event. I’m a little nervous because I haven’t really been playing as much as I should have, but I’ll have to brush that aside and just go to have as much fun as I can. If I can play really interesting games, then I will consider this event to be a success. See you all next week!

PS. In case you didn’t know, fellow go player Risingstar just started his own blog, so be sure to check it out and support him as we try and bolster go’s presence online!

Training Regimen

  • Life and Death Problems

    *   Book: Jump Level Up 5
    *   Frequency: Daily
    *   Task: 10 minutes working through problems
  • Tesuji Problems

    *   <span style="line-height: 1.5em;"> Book: Graded Go Problems for Dan Players (Vol. 2) - 300 Tesuji Problems</span>
    *   Frequency: Daily
    *   Task: 10 minutes working through problems


  • KGS - 3 games
  • IGS - 2 games
  • DGS - 5 ongoing games
  • OGS - 2 ongoing games


  • Jump Level Up 5
  • Graded Go Problems for Dan Players (Vol. 2) - 300 Tesuji Problems

WGW37: Tesuji More Useful Than Tsumego?

Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #37

Last Friday, I mentioned an article that was shared with me on how to improve at go by Lynx. According to conventional wisdom, the one piece of advice that everyone seem to agree upon is that studying life and death is critical to getting stronger. And to be honest, it’s something I never really questioned. However, after reading Lynx’s article, I was confronted with an eye-opening question: Is studying tesuji more useful than tsumego?

After a lot of thought, I would have to concur with Lynx’s perspective. In fact, it is one of the key components to breaking the glass ceiling when trying to gain that next stone. However, because the masses constantly spout how important life and death is, it is often forgotten in all the noise.

Now now, before you grab your pitchforks and torches, hear me out won’t you?

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Archive: undefined/2013

Book Review: Basic Techniques of Go

Basic Techniques of Go

Description: This book can be considered a broad coverage of the following: opening principles, lots of handicap go advice, brief survey of tesujis, and a brief survey of endgame. The material is quite dense and contrary to what many descriptions say about this book, I vehemently disagree with the recommending this book for beginners. It is suited for intermediate to advanced players. Beginners steer clear of this book!

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Book Review: Get Strong at Tesuji

Get Strong at Tesuji

Description: In the sixth volume of the Get Strong at Go Series, Bozulich has compiled a fantastic set of tesuji problems that focus on developing a player’s intuition through practicing lots of easier problems. Though there are a few intermediate/hard problems dispersed throughout the book, this is a great book for players of all levels (especially beginnger and intermediate levels).

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Book Review: 501 Tesuji Problems

Overall Rating: 6 / 10 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: Mastering the Basics, Volume 4 - Five Hundred and One TesujiProblems
  • Author: Compiled and Written by Richard Bozulich
  • Publisher: Kiseido
  • Publication Date: October 2005
  • Page Length: 292 pages
  • Number of Problems: 501


  • My least favorite of the entire series so far.
  • Lacked the explanations that makes the series so great.
  • Appropriate for 5 kyu and stronger.

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Book Review: Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go

Overall Rating: 5 / 5 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go
  • Author: Toshiro Kageyama 7-dan
  • Translator: James Davies
  • Publisher: Kiseido
  • Publication Date: May 1978
  • Page Length: 272 pages


  • A hybrid of theoretical/conceptual explanations along with problems to illustrate the ideas.
  • While may seem advance, Kageyama’s personality really shines through and makes this such an interesting read (regardless of your level).
  • Appropriate for 20 kyu and stronger.
  • Recommended for all types of players.

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Weekly Go Wednesday, Issue #15

Credit to ptblank

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 is referring to the tendency of kyu players to automatically play conservative moves in anticipation of some crazy tesuji (even though it doesn’t exist).

There are two primary reasons for why players do this:

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