Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When Ahead, Relax and Get Killed...

Once upon a time there was a go player who recently had started playing on cyberoro. Interesting playing style over there and she found herself losing a LOT more than winning. Mind you, she would like to pretend it was all because of the opponent needlessly complicating the game, not because of her lousy moves. But when she was honest with herself, she did realize that her own moves were just as much to blame as her opponent's moves.

Anyway, today, after many months of lost games, she logged on to cyberoro again to lose yet another game, figuring that the more games lost, the better the learning potential. Hmmmm, things weren't going so well till she killed a big group of her opponent. FINALLY! She got out the wine and cheese and crackers and started celebrating.


She was flying high on the wings of victory and laughed out loud when her opponent tried to complicate and kill something 'Ha! No way I am going to be killed! No way I need to play the thick (chicken?) move and connect my groups. I killed you, buster, I rock!'

Only of course I didn't. And I did get killed. And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth and a vague memory of sayings like 'When ahead, play thickly.' and a sense of maybe ignoring that saying was not the right decision.


So much for that victory dance.

I actually ended up winning the game anyway, even after losing that group, but I was very much not pleased with the way I almost managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Die and learn, indeed.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Studying Go in Korea

Even although I cannot go myself at the present time, I found myself drooling over the new web site from Baduk World. Some day I will visit and meet my teacher sendol in person!

For now I manage to get myself killed on cyberoro much more often than I would like to admit.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Montreal Tournament

I might not be playing as much as I should, but at least I am managing to go to tournaments.


Late February, we drove to Montreal on the same day that the Canadian ice hockey players defeated the Americans.


Beautiful location, great people, wonderful times.


Three slow games, I won the first one, lost the second one on sucky end game, and lost the third one on being too tired to care but had a great time during that game anyway.

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