Monday, March 28, 2005

The Curse of the Empty Triangle

Yes, I have been guilty of making them, I am sure that is why I am still stuck at 16k. I have been reading books about good and bad shapes, so it's not like I have an excuse for still making them. But sometimes my old bad habits surface and I plunk down a stone without even thinking about it. One second later, I realize that I have just made yet another empty triangle. Worse is when it's not only an empty triangle, but if there was a perfectly good other reply which would have been just as effective and better shape.

Just started on 'Lessons in the fundamentals of go' and 'Lectures on go techniques' Very interesting books, and they have made me think a lot more about my moves and what is good and what is bad. Not that I have any much more clue than I had before reading those books, but it is fun to try to apply the knowledge I gain from those books.

I am down to 17k on the Dragon server, but my rank graph on KGS is getting closer to 15k. Maybe, just maybe, some day soon, I will hit the 15k and be able to stay there longer than one or two days I did last time. On the one hand, I feel like my rating doesn't matter, I just should enjoy playing and studying. Which I am doing for sure. On the other hand, I would like to become shodan at some point, so rank does matter a bit.

Oh well, back to studying and playing :-) Without empty triangles :-p


flyingfisher said...

Just think, you could be working on a Vigenere based cypher code instead of playing GO. And even trying to guess what keyword or words gives you the key length!
It might give you a different focus so when you go back to playing GO, some of what you've read will have sunk in.

Tristen said...


Try recording your games as you play. It stops the "gut instinct" moves, which often overlook simple mistakes. My game has improved significantly since doing that.

Also, don't hold stones in your hand as you play. Having to reach for the stones also breaks the speed of play.

Cheers, and thanks for the link ;)