Bachelor’s thesis, Chapter 5; Gothenburg Open in the weekend

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!

Bachelor’s thesis, Chapter 3 uploaded

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!

Bachelor’s 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.

Changes underway: new camera

Long time no write! I’m planning on getting back to this blog business as quick as possible. Up to now, I’ve been taking photos for Gooften with the camera on my phone, which is why the picture quality up to now hasn’t been too spectacular. I have now procured for myself a compact camera for amateur use, with 14 megapixels. Of course I still have to avoid uploading photos too big, but even then, the difference in quality is quite astounding:

Phone camera photo, highest quality but reduced size
Compact camera, highest quality but reduced size

With this hardware update, I hope the readers are looking forward to my photos from future tournaments (eg. congress in Bonn). I, for one, sure am!

Apart from such an update, I’m also considering if I should finally make some changes to the layout to the page, possibly also getting a self-taken banner photo or something. Nothing is certain yet on this part, but I’ll keep on thinking about it.

Also, in my mind I’m currently developing an idea of a new essay, about either joseki or suji (I couldn’t decide yet). Now that I read back to my own texts, I see I wasn’t really able to collect my thoughts (and present them in clear form) in the previous kikashi essay, so sooner or later I may also return to have a second try at that.

First Gooften essay!

I figured a few days ago that instead of writing yet another small status update about “soon publishing the kikashi essay”, I’d rather just take a few more days, actually write the essay, and then talk about it. Here’s a late Christmas present for my readers!

It has probably been nine years since my first encounter with the go term kikashi. Back then, I was neither much in touch with Japanese go terminology nor strong enough to figure out what was actually meant with the term, so I, like many others, assumed the more common western understanding of kikashi: that of a simple “forcing move”. While I’m certain many western players do have the right conception of kikashi, I’ve experienced that the term is also often misused. While this essay will never reach the whole of its target audience, I think it will be successful if even a few readers reach a moment of clarity after finishing reading.

My main incentive for writing this text wells from now having studied go in Japan for a few months. When I arrived in Japan,  I didn’t have an accurate conception of kikashi myself, but now I feel I have mostly figured the term out. Since most western players don’t have a similar opportunity to go absorb correct go terminology, I feel it’s my duty to contribute something on this part. If, after reading the hopefully-not-too-long essay, you feel you’ve learned something and you like what you’ve learned, I would like to hear any thoughts or commentary you have about it!

Kikashi: taking advantage of the opponent’s plans