Money v. Health

It’s not all about the money, not even on a go board. Health of the groups should always come first! Streamed originally on Twitch. Streams every Friday at 6pm Helsinki time.

NGD online league restarted

From June 2020 on, we are reinstating the ngd online league. Our core service remains the same, but we have made a few modernisations:

  • KataGo analysis (on 200 playouts) is provided along the ‘human comments’, and
  • our lectures are changed to video format and are open to everybody, even non-participants.

We hope that the change to our lecture format will help attract more new people to the game. Also, since we have reduced the amount of ‘exclusive’ content, we have lowered our two-month participation fees to €40 and €80 (from €50 and €90). We are confident you will not find more cost-efficient professional go teaching anywhere on the internet!

For more detailed information, please check out our online league page.

How to limit cheating in online go?

The last 1–2 years have seen a sharp increase in cheating in online go, especially on higher dan levels. I, personally, have almost completely quit online go, as it not only takes a considerable amount time to find an opponent of similar level, but also the chances of the opponent’s consulting an ai are high. If I want to train …

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Original tsumego #1

Black to play; find the best result for both players.


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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