Questions and answers, part one

Hi everyone!

To get even more activity to this blog, I’m now introducing a questions and answers blog post series. The idea is, that readers can get answers to go-related questions from an experienced player, and in exchange I’ll get ideas for subjects to write new blog posts about. Thus, you are welcome to ask me anything about go in this post’s comment section, be it about difficult board positions, go philosophy, or anything else! If many questions appear, I’m afraid I might not have the capacity to answer every single one, but I’ll try my best!

7 thoughts on “Questions and answers, part one”

  1. I find go interesting even though I hardly play it, so here’s a couple of questions from this point of view:

    1. How well does the dan ranking of experienced players predict their performance? Is there some sort of rock-paper-scissors style mechanic going on between playing styles, where a lower ranked player can be expected to beat a higher ranked one? If there is, can you give any examples?

    2. Are handicap stones useful at all at the top levels, or does adding even a couple of extra stones to the board alter the player’s playing style significantly?

    3. You often hear that go teaches strategical thinking and reasoning skills, which can be applied to other fields. Have you yourself noticed gaining any significant benefits in other areas of life by learning go?

    1. Elaborating on keyser’s question, could you tell more about your learning methods now and in the past? How have you got to where you are now with go?

  2. I see that you study the games of professionals a lot. Can I ask if you aim to emulate the style of certain professionals in your play, or are you just looking to increase your general knowledge/skill level.

  3. In many professional games you see probes being played inside the opponents corner enclosures that are just left there and possibly never touched again in the game. To the untrained eye look like failed invasions and wasted ko threats. What is the meaning and when is the right time to play such moves?

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