On the challenges of English go terminology

When I first became insei in 2011, I found that there was a wealth of Japanese go terminology that I needed to learn to study the game. My teacher had set me up with an ideal study setting: once a week, I met with young Japanese professionals in a study meeting where I learned how to play the game and …

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Why do I play go?

Recently I noticed that Vit Brunner, who hosts several classic tsumego collections on his website, posted a questionnaire on why people play go. After giving it some thought, I decided to elaborate on my own reasons here on the ngd website.

Usually, when somebody writes on the topic, they give what I would call the ‘standard list of benefits’, …

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Endgame’s third dimension

Endgame theory books generally focus either on move value calculations or endgame tesuji. While these both are of course important – calculations for figuring which move to play first and tesuji for cultivating a sensitivity to key moves and weak points – they miss out on a third aspect that I feel is just as important.

During an actual game, …

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All you need is 1.0

If you’re not a professional player, your goal should be to do only one thing at the time. In this compilation we talk about this method of playing. Streamed originally on Twitch. Streams every Friday at 6pm Helsinki time.

How should we teach go to new players?

Go is a notoriously difficult game to market to new people.

Just consider the proverb, ‘lose your first fifty games as quickly as possible’: an average game on a small board probably takes at least 15 minutes when you’re getting your bearings, so the proverb basically tells you to lose 12.5 hours in a row just to get started. …

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Table: Values of handicap stone settings

This continues tangentially from the ‘ranking system’s crisis’ post.

The handicap stone system is one of the most lauded features of go. Most purely skill-based board games such as chess and shōgi have to depend on seemingly arbitrary methods to even out a game between two players of different skill; for example in the case of chess, by …

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Is the ranking system facing a crisis?

You are probably familiar with the phrasal verb ‘level up’, and just how rewarding those two words can be after spending some effort (or at least time) on a game. Although the phrase is now abundantly used in the gaming industry, it originally came from role-playing games – a precursor to the pen-and-paper roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, Blackmoor, …

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Which type of player are you?

Compilation on the concept of player types 1 and 2. Originally streamed on Twitch, full streams can be found in Youtube on the same channel.

Golden Group

Compilation on the concept of ‘Golden Group’. Originally streamed on Twitch at, full streams can be found in Youtube on the same channel.

Showing off the kifu viewer

The new Nordic Go Dojo website employs the BesoGo sgf editor, which I found more easily customisable and prettier than the competition. Here is a professional tournament game I played last December, along with my comments, shown in the BesoGo reader!

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