Journal Entry: #08

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Thanks to Guru­jeet for this photo!

This past week­end I had the plea­sure of attend­ing the NOVA Pump­kin Clas­sic Tour­na­ment and see­ing many friends there. And though I orig­i­nally planned on play­ing in the tour­na­ment that day, I ended up being on call for work and thus planned on only attend­ing to see friends and show my support.

Upon arrival though, I got con­vinced to play in the first round since we had even num­bers. And while I would have liked to have played for more rounds, it was sim­ply not pos­si­ble for me to do so with a pos­si­ble work call com­ing at any moment.

On the upside, I did get to play a round against an oppo­nent I had played against in the Baduk Open Cham­pi­onship. I had decided to self-promote to 1k this time and was giv­ing her a 2 stone hand­i­cap. The fol­low­ing is the game record (which I will be sure to review in a future Mon­day Go Meditation).

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Monday Go Meditation: Game 68

Intro­duc­tion

For this week’s med­i­ta­tion, we are going to be review­ing my first pro­fes­sional simul game from Go Con­gress! Through this game, you’ll get to wit­ness the endur­ing strength of pro­fes­sion­als in simul games. Even though the game looks over­whelm­ingly in Black’s advan­tage for a good por­tion of the game, it is in the mid­dle game where their pre­cise analy­sis becomes extremely evident.

In case there are those won­der­ing though, Dahye’s felt that I played well for most of the game; but as you’ll see in the game, an over­sight on the secu­rity of my own groups was the ulti­mate rea­son for my demise. Hope that you enjoy the game!

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Weekly Progress Report: #06

Overview

As I con­tinue into the sec­ond stretch of non-stop ham­mer­ing of work and attempts to sus­tain con­sis­tency, I’m happy to report that while I feel pretty winded, I don’t feel any­thing close to burnout yet. On top of that, I’ve actu­ally come to real­ize that exe­cut­ing my rou­tines first thing in the morn­ing seem to work out pretty well for me. On days that I didn’t man­age to do so usu­ally resulted in a last minute scram­ble to get it done at the end of the night, but I’m hang­ing on as best I can.

On the upside, it looks like my cor­re­spon­dence go play­ing has started to pickup to a nice pace. Con­sid­er­ing the fact that I haven’t been able to play a game in real time this entire week, it’s def­i­nitely nice know­ing that I’m still “play­ing” to some degree.

In addi­tion, I’ve been mean­ing to make this announce­ment for some time, but I wanted to give a big shoutout to a go blog­ger who joined the ranks recently: My Cat Plays Baduk. Though it only has been around for a lit­tle bit, she has writ­ten quite a few posts and is worth fol­low­ing. So be sure to check out her blog!

Other than that, I’ll try to approach the next week with a bit more fer­vor in an attempt to pre­pare the con­tent on the blog to grow in the future. And even though it already sounds a bit ambi­tious in my head, I’m going to see what I can do about try­ing to release at least one book review a week. No promises yet, but I’ll def­i­nitely see what I can do.

See you next week!

Daily Train­ing Regimen

  • Solve 100 easy prob­lems from MagicBaduk.
  • 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
  • Handicap-Go Strat­egy and the San­ren­sei Open­ingby by Rob van Zei­jst and Richard Bozulich

Games

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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