Chapter 5 of my Bachelor’s thesis, “Expertise in chess and Go”, is now out at the thesis essay page!
I unfortunately will not have time to upload Chapter 6, “Conclusion”, or Attachment A, “Basics of Go” with a similarly quick pace, as I’m traveling to Gothenburg tomorrow in order to play (and teach) at their annual tournament. You can expect a tournament overview similar to last year, afterwards, however!
The fourth chapter, Experise and memory, is now uploaded to the Bachelor’s Thesis essay page! I’ll try to follow this pace and get chapter five done tomorrow!
As the title says, I’ve now translated and uploaded Chapter 3 of the thesis here on Go of Ten.. Different approaches to the research on expertise are presented, and these approaches will be applied to chess and Go in the following chapters. The next chapter, “Expertise and memory”, may well be the one that I found the most interesting out of the whole thesis!
About one year ago, I did my Bachelor’s thesis (in Finnish) on expertise, using my skills in go as a way to approach the subject. Now, later than I’d originally planned, I’m finally getting around to translating the thesis into English! Those who are interested in learning how to become an expert on a given topic, steer forward to the third Go of Ten essay! So far I have chapters 1 and 2 translated, and I’ll try to be as quick as possible with the remaining four!
Update, 28 October 2013: The original, Finnish version can be downloaded here.
After a longish pause, here come the rest of the reviews of my Hans Pietsch Memorial tournament games! Seeing as how Csaba Mero, main organizer of the tournament, put up a great report of the tournament, including some photos and also game reviews from the last three rounds, I will direct you there instead of writing my own versions.
In addition to the review of the first game that I posted earlier, then, here come the reviews ofmy round 2 and 3 games, against Ondrej Silt and Cornel Burzo respectively. Some of the opening game commentary is courtesy of my teacher, Kobayashi Chizu 5 dan professional.
Finally, here is a sgf file with the solution to the previously-published endgame problem! The sequence takes 17 moves in total, including difficult-to-spot tesuji such as white 11, 13 and 15.
Continuing from the previous tsumego post, here is a sample wrong attempt for white, and a part of the correct answer. Don’t expect the tsumego still to be all too easy, however!
Continue reading “Late night tsumego, continued”
This endgame position (found in a real game on KGS between two of my friends) ended up using most of my free time this night. What do you think—is there a way for white to break into the black territory or not? Or can black defend successfully?
Last weekend I was playing the Hans Pietsch memorial tournament in Budapest, Hungary. I originally intended the trip to provide for several good games and a chance to talk with my teacher, Kobayashi Chizu 5 dan, about the possibility of becoming insei again (more about that in another post, sometime much later). It however happened that I ended up winning the whole tournament, with a 6-0 score! Originally I had expected to place somewhere near third.
For those who don’t know Hans Pietsch, I recommend reading an article on him at Sensei’s library. In a nutshell, Hans was a German player, student of Kobayashi Chizu, who became professional in the 1990s. He died tragically in an armed robbery in Guatemala in 2003, after which it’s become a tradition to hold an annual memorial tournament for him in Europe. He was a rather strong professional, too, having for example beaten Yoda Norimoto, Meijin in the LG cup.
In this post, I’m including a quick commentary of my first-round game against Ali Jabarin 6 dan of Israel, with more reviews to come later. Enjoy!