Thursday, December 01, 2005

Time to get stronger

Most people have different opinions on how to study go and how to get better. Some like to play and learn from playing, others like to read alot of books and some feel you need to be taught by stronger players. I used to be of the creed that would read theoretical books and hopefully be able to use my new knowledge in games to come. However, the players I played rarely played moves that corrosponded with what I learned, and I wasn't skilled enough yet to adapt ideas and strategies to fit my opponents. I am doing a little bit better these days, though I think I need to change the way I work to improve my game if I am to advance beyond this point.

I started out by saying many people have different opinions about how to study go. It does seem however that as players reach higher levels, their ideas on how to improve is less divergent (many pages on sensei, and other bloggers like Falling Stones' ideas on learning). Playing lots of games and studying life and death. Learn how to fight and improve your reading.

Dieter Verhofstadt's page on improvement and Benjamin Teuber's how to get strong have been very inspiring to me. I especially enjoy the entry about doing tsumego the proper way and plan to make that an important part of my study. Now, to take this inspiration and actually do something that will benefit me I feel I should make a schedule. But before I get started I want to make sure I have the resources to do this. I need some life and death problem books. Graded Go Problems for beginners vol 3 maybe, the Korean Problem Academy and Life and Death: Intermediate Level Problems maybe? Suggestions are very welcome :)