Journal Entry: #07

The only way I can describe the past few days is that it has been a flurry of work and attempts to straighten out other aspects of my life (like work­ing out more con­sis­tently and wak­ing up early). On the upside though, I’ve been rather suc­cess­ful at those things and have actu­ally found that doing my train­ing reg­i­men early in the morn­ing is actu­ally quite effec­tive. There’s def­i­nitely some­thing about knock­ing out four pages of prob­lems and play­ing a game of 9x9 first thing in the morn­ing that really makes for a good start dur­ing my day. I’ll be sure to report more later on this week on how it goes.

Monday Go Meditation: Game 67

Intro­duc­tion

For this week’s med­i­ta­tion, we are turn­ing back the clock to my first game at the U.S. Go Con­gress! For those who need a refresher, this game was from the day I arrived in New York and was asked to play a match while we were wait­ing for peo­ple to arrive. It’s a fun game that shows just how you can find the oppor­tu­nity to reverse a game if you’re will­ing to roll up your sleeves and com­pli­cate things. Hope you enjoy this game!

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Book Review: The Road Map to Shodan, Volume 2

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The Basic Prin­ci­ples of the Open­ing and the Mid­dle Game

Descrip­tion: “In this book, 20 basic prin­ci­ples are pre­sented. Each prin­ci­ple is accom­pa­nied by numer­ous exam­ples and each sec­tion is fol­lowed by prob­lems in which the appli­ca­tion of these prin­ci­ples is required to solve them. The intu­ition of the novice player who stud­ies the prin­ci­ples, exam­ples, and prob­lems pre­sented in this book will quickly rise to the level of an expert go player.”

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Weekly Progress Report: #05

Overview

As pre­dicted, I really am in the thick of things this week. In the midst of all this work though, I’ve man­aged to barely cling on to my train­ing reg­i­men (though it was rather dif­fi­cult to do as each day went on). I’m cur­rently test­ing dif­fer­ent things to make the train­ing more con­sis­tent (i.e., get­ting it done first thing in the morn­ing). I’ll let you know when I dis­cover my own mag­i­cal for­mula for it.

Oth­er­wise, I’m work­ing hard on the blog con­tent and will def­i­nitely be releas­ing book reviews by Sun­day. For those won­der­ing why it’s tak­ing me a lit­tle while, I’m actu­ally try­ing to update the for­mat of the book reviews to some­thing more sub­stan­tial and use­ful. I’m hop­ing you guys will like the new changes.

With that said, I hope you guys had a great week. See you guys next week!

Daily Train­ing Regimen

  • Com­plete 4 pages of prob­lems (approx­i­mately 15–20 prob­lems) from Jump Level Up.
  • Play­ing at least one game a day (which usu­ally defaults to a 9x9 game on GoQuest).

Books

  • Jump Level Up 2 by Baduktopia
  • This is Hanegma by Kim Sung-rae
  • 100 Tips for Ama­teur Play­ers I by Young­sun Yoon
  • Handicap-Go Strat­egy and the San­ren­sei Open­ingby by Rob van Zei­jst and Richard Bozulich

Games

Journal Entry: #06

I have to say that my train­ing is really start­ing to be tested this week. I nearly messed up my streak a cou­ple days ago after get­ting caught up in work and the rest of life. Thank­fully I’m good for now, but it’s cer­tainly becom­ing dif­fi­cult as I’m adjust­ing to a higher pres­sure situation.

For any­one who used to play turn based go with me, I’ve added Online Go Server (OGS) back into cir­cu­la­tion. Hope­fully I’ll get around to adding Dragon Go Server in the future, but for now I’m just keep­ing track of KGS and OGS.

Other than that, I’ll just keep on work­ing to keep my head above water as the tides rushes in. Hope that every­one else is doing well with their own train­ing. Hope to see you on dry land soon!

Monday Go Meditation: Game 66

Intro­duc­tion

As the weeks have passed, one of the major fac­tors in me start­ing to play go again has been the numer­ous friends who have been kind enough to take time out of their day and ask me to play. Just like last week’s MGM, this week’s MGM fea­tures teafree. It’s an excit­ing one that is chocked full of ko bat­tles and excit­ing exchanges. I hope that it keeps you on the edge of your seat as we nav­i­gate through the treach­er­ous waters of this kifu! Enjoy!

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Weekly Progress Report: #04

Overview

Whew. I’m hit­ting the one month mile­stone in my train­ing and I’m proud to say that things are still going well. Granted, there are times where I almost skipped out on my reg­i­men, but my past self was smart enough to keep it at a man­age­able level where the task was easy enough that it wasn’t oner­ous to complete.

And as a brief update to my game play­ing, it still has yet to really increase to any­thing sig­nif­i­cant, but it seems I’ve actu­ally man­aged at least 2 games a week for the past cou­ple of weeks! That’s quite excit­ing when you con­sider how I was avoid­ing games entirely at one point. One step at a time right? And on top of that, I for­got to men­tion that one of my games this week was ranked! Against a bot I know, but it was the best I could bring myself to do since I wanted to get rid of the ques­tion mark in my rank on KGS. Still, bet­ter than noth­ing right? Haha.

Things are start­ing to pick up in other aspects of my life, so the true test to my train­ing reg­i­men starts here. And while this usu­ally did not bode well for my go pur­suits, I have a feel­ing that it will be very dif­fer­ent this time around.

Daily Train­ing Regimen

  • Com­plete 4 pages of prob­lems (approx­i­mately 15–20 prob­lems) from Jump Level Up.
  • Play­ing at least one game a day (which usu­ally defaults to a 9x9 game on GoQuest).

Books

  • Jump Level Up 2 by Baduktopia
  • This is Hanegma by Kim Sung-rae
  • 100 Tips for Ama­teur Play­ers I by Young­sun Yoon

Games

  • KGS —  2 games (1 ranked and 1 teach­ing game)
  • OGS —  1 game ongoing

Journal Entry: #05

As I’ve started to ramp things up again, I am notic­ing that I’m enter­ing that dan­ger­ous zone of tread­ing the line between being pro­duc­tive or becom­ing so busy I even­tu­ally enter burnout. In order to tem­per that, I’ve been keep­ing bet­ter track of my time so that I don’t lose myself in my endeav­ors too much. It seems to be mod­er­ately suc­cess­ful so far, but I’ll need to keep close watch as the weeks progress.

Mean­while, I’ve been happy to rein­te­grate review­ing games into my sched­ule. Though this might come to no sur­prise for most, it still astounds me much you can pick up by review­ing your own games (espe­cially if you can main­tain an objec­tive view on the game). I’m still in the process of find­ing the right bal­ance of com­ment­ing on them, but it’s one of those things that I just have to get a feel for over time.

And last but not least, I am happy to announce that I will be releas­ing a new book review soon: The Road Map to Shodan (Vol­ume 2): The Basic Prin­ci­ples of the Open­ing and Mid­dle Game. So be on the look­out for that as I make my return to review­ing go books and other products!

Monday Go Meditation: Game 65

MGM 65

Pro­logue

Hey every­one. I’m glad to finally be able get Mon­day Go Med­i­ta­tion back up and run­ning again. In a con­certed effort to being con­sis­tent and mak­ing progress one step at a time, here is my revised phi­los­o­phy on MGM:

For those who remem­ber, I even­tu­ally got caught up in try­ing to make MGM reflec­tive of my actual progress and tried to keep all the game com­men­tary as cur­rent as pos­si­ble. How­ever, I’ve come to learn that this was some­thing I could not keep up with. So rather than aban­don the effort all together, I will try and keep the game com­men­taries as cur­rent as I can; but no promises on it being in per­fect sync with my actual progress.

With that said, I’m look­ing for­ward to your insights on my games and all the great dis­cus­sions to come!

Intro­duc­tion

The fol­low­ing game is one that I had the plea­sure of play­ing last week thanks for Dau­rak. I still have some reser­va­tions about play­ing games, so it’s help­ful to have friends who ask to play games. And just to clar­ify, our ranks are not accu­rate at the moment; so we went ahead and played an even game (although I think we acci­den­tally did no komi).

Hope you enjoy the game!

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