A teaching game…

I’ve only recently started messing around on KGS, and mostly I watch other people’s games to learn a thing or two; for the most part my online play has been on IGS/Pandanet, until now. My switch to KGS is because it simply is easier to navigate, and they have a South African room as well as an Esperantujo room; IGS might have those as well, but if I’ve got to click more than a predetermined number of times to get there, I won’t get there.

I hate corners, ’cause I suck at them; as you can see here.

So I played a teaching game with a 3k, under the watchful eye of a 1d, with a 9 stone handicap; the outcome was… well of course I lost, severely, but I learned a few things here and there. The outcome is here on the right. My usual attempt to take the corners went nowhere, though I managed to secure quite a bit in the middle; his invasion à la Omaha beach was thwarted by some over-defensive playing, which of course lost me even more territory in other places. You give, you get I guess, though I gave a lot more than I got…

Final results:

White 176.5 (terr. 121 | capt. 49 | 6.5 komi)

Black 77 (terr. 64 | capt. 13)

What was interesting about this, is that it was the first time I’ve used a timing system, byoyomi in this case… I’m not so sure how that all works yet, or if it was really active; all I know is that every time I was approaching 30 seconds when it was my turn my laptop started vomiting beeps and flashes. There are a few cases where I just plainly made the wrong move because of it, though that in the end wouldn’t have influenced the outcome that much I think.

Overall, I think the issues is my understanding of the basics of the game; beyond the actual rules that is. Therefore, I’ve ordered Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto ^_^


Perpetually under construction

So I decided to create another blog, because WordPress makes them free (so why not?)

Recently, I started playing baduk [바둑] (also known as igo [囲碁] in Japan, wéiqí [圍棋] in China, and simply “go” on the rest of the ball of dirt floating around the universe… kinda like that one stone on a 19×19 board when the game opens); I have played it before, just for fun, but somehow I started getting serious (I mean, as serious as I tend to get about anything in life) and have been playing weekly at the Cape Town Go Club. Of course, this has created change in my life: firstly, I’m hanging out with a demographic (white, middle aged, straight men) that are as rare as pink unicorns in my personal life; secondly, I’m actually sticking with something (for now.) These two things are so remarkable that I wanted to document my entry into this fascinating world of geeks, strategy, and online go servers…

But of course, this place will be as always perpetually under construction, as I’ll keep tinkering with it for years to come… seriously I was really just looking for any excuse to create another blog.


In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man still has only one eye…

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