With how accessible strong AI are, is it worth it to play handicap games against them as a way to get better?
In martial arts there are often set forms that are practiced, Kata. And inspired by this I have been playing alot of handicap games versus KataGo. So far I have gone from not beating katago even with 9 stone handicap, to now beating KataGo with only 8 stones in only 1 week of playing a single slow game against katago a day and reviewing it. In the reviews I try to focus on the direction play, not so much the sequences that the AI suggests.
My thinking behind it is that KataGo is strong and plays well. So the moves that are played against me in these games are good moves, thus I'm constantly being shown proper ways to play, and punish weak/slack moves that I play.
I try to balance this AI play with faster games on OGS/IGS to get some repetition in, and my conclusion after this week of 'KataGO Kata' is that it has improved my play. But I'm worried that I shall develop bad habits from too much play vs. AI.
There seem to be tangible benefits to this type of training, but are there any pitfalls or drawbacks?
What are your experiences or thoughts on using these new breeds of open AI's in your go training regime?
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