snakeeater on Go

Thursday, September 28, 2006

How to Improve Without a Teacher

Okay, not everyone has the time or the money to get a teacher. So how the heck can you improve? When there's no teacher, how can you possibly know if you are playing the right moves? Well simple, when it comes to Tsumego, Yose and Counting, there's only one right answer. They are the 'mathematical parts' of Go in which you don't need a teacher's intuition to point you in the right direction. They also happen to be the pillars that make up a strong player. Without them, it's just flower go. You may create a nice advantage in the opening with good fuseki, only to collapse under fighting or flounder facing unreasonable invasions.

Time for me to do some Tsumegos.. 87 problems down, 400+ still to go..

I found a neat video on YouTube that talks about Counting, worth a listen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry-dFoNDa04

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