Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ok! Heading off to the club. Personal goal for the night, try something new and make a few experimental invasions. Also work on confidence. Strenght is born from it, or so I hear.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

so I've been reading Get strong at invading. I must say the play is elegant, and it has helped me understand better how invasions work. What I do expect tho, is that I will need alot of experimentation and that my play will probably even decline for a period. Hardest part for me is to prep for invasions without it being so painstakingly obvious that my opponent closes all gaps. Maybe I should make an account to just drill through alot of games and get it into my fingers. Won't do me much good at OroBaduk, since I only get games with 4kyus, 3dans and 6dans there :P

Thursday, June 23, 2005

So.. The books I got in London.

First day I bought the board and the book Intermediate level power builder. It's a chatty book, kinda classroom setting where students suggest a move, and the teacher explains what's wrong with it and what to really do. Not bad. Reason I bought it was mostly due to it was one of the few from that store I wanted.. Was afraid I wouldn't get any other books. All in all though, it is fairly decent. The day after I came back and bought Essential Joseki by Naiwei Rui. I like it. More comprehensive than 38 joseki and more beginner friendly than the big dictionaries. This was Village Games, in Camden Lock.

Then a couple of days later I found Chess and Bridge. Picked up Get strong at Invading (loving it), Get strong at tesuji (also good) and The Endgame by Davies (which looks interesting so far).

Later that day when we went to the Brittish Museum, we saw a store called Playing Games (which I knew about, since I had read about it at the Brittish Go organisation's list of suppliers) and there my girlfriend and brother decided to get me the bowls as an early birthday present. I picked up Reducing Territorial Frameworks and Utilizing Outward Influence (probably good, but a bit tricky atm.. might just need to work with it longer than a couple of minutes at the time).

So. Intermediate Level Power Builder, Essential Joseki, Get strong at Invading/Tesuji, Endgame, Reducing Territorial Frameworks and Utilizing Outward Influence. Will write about them as I've read them to some extent.
Last week I was in London. You can't really buy any go related things here in Norway (one store I know that has a basic set and some replacement stones), so I went a bit overboard. Here's a couple of pictures of my new set I picked up (bought the bowls and the table, the stones I had)





Here some links to additional pictures:

Close up
With stones laid out
topside view

And lastly.. My new books :D
Hi.. I have been a Livejournal user for many years now.. At least 5. And I've probably made about 5 posts during those years.. but a couple of days ago I stumbled over shodan-challenge.blogspot.com and realized that if I blogged about something I am passionate about, I would actually write. So here it is.

I learned the rules a couple of years ago. But I didn't play much (due to something Nachtrabe talks about in his blog at senseis, we call The Fear of Playing Go) not due to the fear of losing, or any silly thing like that.. but just fear of playing in general. Still a bit haunted by it, and my progress is slow due to it. I did pick up go again january this year. Thanks to a friend of mine who is dragging me along in his slipstream. Fiercely competitive and at the time slightly stronger than me. This is good. I would not be playing if not for him. My KGS rank says 16 now, but I do believe 15 or maybe even 14 (on a good day) is more appropriate. So instead of learning from experience, I have become obsessive about theory. I love it. Joseki and shape are two things I particularily fancy. Not saying I'm good at either, but I am pleased whenever I make a good sabaki play, or I get to use a fun joseki variation.

Ok. Introductions have been made.. I am Gilgamesh on KGS. Pleased to meet you.