Dragon Killer Series: Massacre of the Blind Dragon

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I found out that I can share my game reviews in GoKifu. This is easier than sharing my reviews in blog form. Apparently, there is an error when viewing with WebGo and Wgo player. Please use EidoGo or GoSWF for better viewing. The image above is a capture of this game in Sabaki SGF editor. Continue reading

The Seven Homunculi of Go: The Satyr of Disagreement

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Some of my losses follow a certain pattern:

I surround a relatively large territory and judge it as secure. My opponent invades it anyway. I get annoyed at my opponent’s stubbornness. My opponent destroys my big territory. I lose what is supposed to be a won game. Continue reading

The Seven Homunculi of Go: The Beast of Uncertainty

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In the third volume of the Learn to Play Go Series by Janice Kim and Jeong Soo-hyun, we learn the proper and improper mindset in the game of Go. More than an intellectual game, I think Go is a spiritual and philosophical endeavor too for serious players. I want to be a serious player, amateur I may be, and I look at the game as a battle for my mental, spiritual, and psychological growth (Deep I know, but that is how I see the game).

On the downfall of a player, Kim and Soo-hyun lists seven dangers. These seven dangers remind me of the seven homunculi (named and inspired by the seven deadly sins) in my favorite anime Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Indeed, as scary and menacing as the seven villains Ed and Al have to face, I also struggle against these seven nemesis every time I place or click a stone on the goban. Continue reading

Dragon Killer Series: Death of the One-Eyed Dragon

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In this edition of the Dragon Killer Series, Brown Stone discusses the power of direction of play and the power of stones in developing the Apex and creating advantage during middle game fighting. A failed attack during the early middle game resulted to sufficient strength for a late middle game kill of a one-eyed dragon.

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Dragon Killer Series: Revenge is a Dish Best Served with a Dead Dragon

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In this edition of the Dragon Killer Series, Brown Stone made sure a comeback opponent will not defeat him a second time. As a new convention in my reviews, I will refer to the center of the board as the Apex (as influenced by Janice Kim’s view of the goban as a pyramid with sides on the four directions). Brown Stone also discusses the process of a ko fight that arose near the end of the game. Continue reading

Dragon Killer Series: Separated and Dead

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This is part of the Dragon Killer Series where I review my games that involved the death of a dragon. You can read Part 1 here.

For Part 2, I will try something new in reviewing my games. First, I will refer to the sides of the boards as North, South, East, and West. I learned this from Janice Kim and Jeong Soo-hyun. Second, I will do counting at some points of the game. I only learned counting and its value lately. My counting style is still messy, but hopefully this helps my fellow beginners develop their own and adapt counting in their games. Continue reading