Thread of Thought, Part Two

This article is continuation from Part One.

Below, I will show how I read out a go problem by example – but before that, we should establish definitions for certain Japanese terms.

Suji, or technique

The word suji holds many meanings in the Japanese language. Originally it meant ‘muscle’ or ‘sinew’, but gradually it also came to mean other …

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Train of Thought, Part One

Reading in go is a complicated subject. To my knowledge, there is no common systematical method of reading that all go players use; and, when asked to define ‘reading’, I find myself hard-pressed for an answer. Since the subject is of interest to many – myself included! – in the following I attempt to explain why and how I ‘read’. …

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Peep procedure

There’s a procedure you should follow every time you peep or get peeped. Streamed originally on Twitch. Streams every Friday at 6pm Helsinki time.

Original(?) endgame problem #1

My image folder contains a huge number of problems that I have encountered over the years. Most of them I have seen at professionals’ study meetings and are originally from existing problem collections, but I also have a habit of taking photos of game positions that could be shaped into new problems with a bit of fine-tuning.

This problem is …

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Fifteen Shades of Nobi

The nobi is a common Japanese go term that is usually translated as ‘extension’, or more rarely as ‘stretch’. It denotes a move played directly next to one’s own stone, usually with the intention of increasing its liberties.

Although ‘extension’ is a viable translation for the Japanese term, ‘nobi’ is still sometimes heard in English go jargon. This is possibly …

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How to make hard decisions?

We face multiple hard decisions in our games. What to do after opening? How to play when winning or losing? What if I mess up? This video is helping you to answer these questions. Streamed originally on Twitch. Streams every Friday at 6pm Helsinki time.

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.



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