Saturday, April 30, 2011

End of the Month ASR Games


After demoting last month, I was luckier this month and managed to get in a bunch of games during the last weeks. I still think the hardest issue in ASR is getting a game. There have been many instances when I put up a game and no one takes it for hours. It is a great way to get go problems in while waiting or to do the dishes though ^^


The good news is that for now I am in the 'green' (promoting zone) and there is only a few hours left, so most likely I'll be back in Beta next month. Woohoo!


Of course, then the real work will start to try to make it to the top group Alpha instead of bouncing right back to Gamma.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mind Game

I was playing a game and created an L+1 group in the corner with two hanes. Yes, I know that is supposed to be dead but I so desperately wanted sente and I decided that most likely my opponent wouldn't know how to kill it anyway. I bet you can predict where this is going, can't you?


Well, I was right, he didn't know how to kill. BUT! In the game I totally messed up my reply to his wrong move. My mind was fatalistic 'Well, this is the punishment for that tenuki and I will die anyway so why try too hard?'. The next day I self reviewed the game and my mind noticed 'Oh! That is sooooooooooooo basic, of course that doesn't kill and why didn't I see that during the game???!'

I guess the big question is, how can I make my mind behave a bit more reasonable during my games?
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Friday, April 01, 2011


I did it!
Got myself from a Beta group in the ASR league demoted to a Gamma group. It is not always easy to get games when I had time and I had a lot less time than I did in February. Oh well.


I plan to be in Beta again next month. I like how the league motivates me to play more, even if that didn't quite work out this month.

Today is a snow day, all the kids at home but I still managed to get in my first ASR loss of the month ^^.