Sunday, October 23, 2005

Memo to myself: Skip the LONG breaks

I'm going to avoid long breaks from Go in the future. It strikes me that the level of mental entropy is too great. As I expected, I've struggled in my recent matches. If I lacked determination or love for this game, I'd become discouraged very quickly.

Coming up this week, I hope to do a write-up on what I learned about Kuroki Goishi Ten's stones; one of the things that I was able to discover during my break. Start saving up your money. You might become obsessed with buying a set someday!


At 12:04 PM, October 23, 2005, Anonymous Petronius said...

Hi ChiyoDad

I'm looking foreward to your news about Kurioki Goishi Ten. I've still only got a set of plastic stones, but I'm think I'll have to start saving money ;)

At 5:46 PM, October 23, 2005, Anonymous Woodard said...

Chiyodad, I think you are being too hard on yourself. When you lose to an opponent, for every 10 points you lose by, consider that equal to one handicap stone. So if you lose by 20 points, if you had taken 2 stones you theoretically would have gotten an even result.

I looked at your games page. You lost to pk2[-] by 41.5 points. Looking at kp2's games, he (she? it?) has been playing around the 16k level. That means your result was that of a 20k player.

Your loss to JohnBrian was about 1-1/2 stones, still within acceptable bounds for an even match. The loss to gyusana was 2 stones, but that was your FIRST game back, perfectly understandable.

Your game against ScatCat was a resignation, so it's hard to know. I'll probably look it over. If you want, I'll be happy to pass on anything I catch worth noting.

BTW remember to play weaker players often. Not just to avoid the "~" but because it develops an entirely different set of muscles, those used in coming back from behind. I played in the Greg Lefler Memorial Tournament yesterday and ended up White in every game, playing with handicaps from 5-9 stones. (I'm 20K AGA).

At 5:48 PM, October 23, 2005, Anonymous Woodard said...

p.s. nothing says "happy fingers" like slate & clam shell. If you're serious about Go, they're worth every penny.

At 11:04 AM, October 25, 2005, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Thanks Brad! No worries. My frustrations were more with how I dealt with local situations. I found myself getting too engrossed with local battles, ignoring applicable josekis, and not taking the time to evaluate the whole-board situation.

GangstaCow (aka kp2) and ScatCat are stronger players and I agreed to an even match with the former to tax my brain. Both were unrated matches anyway if I recall correctly. The latter was interrupted and I opted to resign.

I managed to correct myself yesterday in my match with BlackWizard. At an earlier portion of the game, I was about to again fall into the trap of dogfighting a losing position. I believe what saved me was (1) acknowledging what was lost and (2) playing tenuki.

BTW, nice title on your blog! I'd like to see what you'll have to write about in future posts!


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