Dragon Killer Series: A Vital Point and a Massacre

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Solving tsumego problems are essential to improve in Go. Tsumego trains our reading skills and patience and maybe intuition too by recognizing shapes and vital points during a game. In this game, my daily tsumego habit paid off when I found a vital point that ensured the life of my big trapped dragon and killing my opponent’s little but vital group. Click the image captured on Sabaki to view my game in GoKifu.

Have you ever had an in-game tsumego? Did you solve it? What do you think of the vital move I found? Was I correct or lucky? Share you experiences  and thoughts in the comments below.

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A Reminder to Return to the Fundamentals

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I have so much fun with the GoKifu game sharing feature, I uploaded another one of my own game reviews. Please use Eidogo or GoSWF as viewer to avoid any errors. Picture of final board position captured on Sabaki.

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Fights, Mistakes, and Natural Development

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The goban for me is the universe seeking balance between two forces. These forces do not necessarily strive to destroy each other, but rather, they aim to live in harmony. However, some will not agree with this idea of balance and harmony. When one seeks to fight as often as possible, the goban turns into a battlefield fraught with the dead and mistakes. In the midst of the turmoil, calm and peace must meet the aggressor to maintain the balance, the harmony. For one may resist and impose their will as much as they can to ensue chaos, but the forces within the goban will deny entropy. The natural flow of Go is disorder to order. If one can look past the chaos and follow the natural movement and desires of the stones, then the aggressor will be one’s guide and accomplice in achieving balance and harmony. Continue reading

Learn to Play Go with Learn to Play Go (Part 4)

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A Master’s Guide to the Ultimate Game, Volume I of the Learn to Play Go Series by Janice Kim and Jeong Soo-hyun, introduced Go to the absolute beginner. The Way of the Moving Horse, Volume II, showed readers how to play Go from start to finish. The Dragon Style, Volume IV, focused on the player’s mindset during a game.

Volume IV, Battle Strategies, as the title implies, will focus on fighting techniques and concepts often encountered during the middle game. Continue reading

Tsumego Everyday with Tsumego Pro

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Technology helped Go players around the world enjoy a game against each other thru Go servers like Pandanet. Technology also redefined how players practice reading skills through tsumego apps and softwares. In my opinion, the best Android App for studying tsumego is Tsumego Pro. Continue reading