Excerpt from the Weekly go newspaper, part 3: ten classic joseki

Seems I got it wrong last week: we didn’t get ten most popular endgame moves this week in Weekly go, but instead ten most popular joseki! These are incredibly classic ones; all single digit kyu and dan level players are recommended to learn these if not already familiar with them. As usual, diagrams have been made with jGoBoard.

I’m pretty confident we’ll get ten most popular fuseki next week! What do you think will be the most popular one?

For those not familiar with the go terminology that appears in the following image captions:

  • Keima (“knight’s move”) means a shape similar to how the knight moves in chess (two spaces apart in height, one in width)
  • Ōgeima (“large knight’s move”) means a shape similar to keima, but three spaces apart in height instead of two.
  • Kosumi means a diagonal shape (one space apart in both height and width)
  • Slide is a play that literally slides under the opponent’s position, while (at least loosely) connected to one’s own stone that is exactly one line above. This means that a slide is usually also a keima, ōgeima or a daidaigeima (“very large knight’s move”).
#1: 80 votes: 3-4 point > one-space high approach > inner attachment

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Getting all the busier

This time, I’m writing a shorter status update only. There was a nice snowstorm yesterday here in Tokyo — indeed, the snowfall was pretty much at the same level with what we usually get in Finland. In addition to the snow, there was also some thundering, which is something we usually do not get in Finland. A few hours into the snowfall, the ground was all slushy, and even now, some eighteen hours later, it appears there’s some snow left on the ground. Just when I was thinking that I wouldn’t see any snow at all this winter!

Last weekend marked another pretty bad result for me (the last time was in December), with only one win and five losses. I’m not letting it get to me, and instead opt to learn from my mistakes — I find that getting to B class is something that will happen on its own if I actually do learn to play better. Furthermore, if I went to play next weekend with an attitude like “if I win all my games, I’ll get to B class”, I most definitely wouldn’t  make it. While the weekend didn’t go well, yesterday I beat Mimura Jr. (who’s in B class) quite easily at the dojo, meaning that I cannot really be in a slump or anything.

As of late, as the topic also implies, I’ve been having more and more things to do. Last week, I went to the Mimura go dojo on three days, and adding the insei weekend and our English class to that, I had only one purely free day. It’s not like these blog texts are quick to write, either, especially if I’m preparing a text with go diagrams. I’ve also the Nordic Go Academy to co-run all the while, and the Finnish Go Association’s new website to plan. While on the other hand that could sound like a lot to do, I prefer being busy over getting bored.

Adding to all the rest, tonight I’ll be playing a game in the Pandanet European Team Championship. On this round, Finland will face Israel, which appears to be the most decisive match in the B league. Hopefully many of my readers will come enjoy the match! Note that my game with Ali Jabarin is played earlier than the others, at 17:00 CET, because I’m located in Japan and Ali in Korea. This means the game will start at 1 AM my time, but I’m planning to do my best nevertheless.

If all goes well, I’ll write another blog post or two tomorrow, or the day after. The Weekly go magazine had “ten most popular joseki” in this week’s edition, and I’ve also something game-related to post from last weekend.

Excerpt from the Weekly go newspaper, part 2: ten classic tesuji

Remember the ten classic tsumego from last week? This week, the Weekly go newspaper conducted a similar research on the most popular tesuji among (most likely the same) 130 professional players, in an article named “The real pleasure of go”. When including the problem diagrams in this fashion, it is not obvious in all cases what black is exactly supposed to do; for that reason, I’m adding a short introduction for a few of the tesuji problems. The tesuji range in level from lower-end single digit kyus to higher-end single digit kyus — I would say again that most, if not all, dan players should be familiar with these tesuji already. And if not, now’s a chance to rectify the situation! Again, the diagrams have been made with jGoBoard.

I wonder if we’re getting ten best endgame moves next week?

#1: 54 votes

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Excerpt from the Weekly go newspaper: ten classic tsumego

For this week’s Weekly go, they’d asked 130 Japanese professionals about the best tsumego; this research appears to have been conducted in a poll-like manner, giving the professionals a larger set of famous tsumego and then the pros picking their favorites. The ten most popular problems were then published in the newspaper, in an article named “Fundamentals are important”. The problems aren’t of exceptionally high level, but very important to know — which is why I’m posting them all here. I would imagine stronger kyu players can get most of them right even without initially knowing them, and dan players should know them all by heart — if not, here’s a chance to correct that!

As with tsumego normally, the objective is to find the best result for both sides. That’s why, this time around, I won’t be telling which side is to go first. In most problems, though, it’s still fairly obvious. All diagrams have again been made with jGoBoard.

#1: 48 votes

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