Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"The Surrounding Game" Is Almost Here!

The Surrounding Game

On the 21st of August, the official Twitter of the Surrounding Game movie producers announced that their movie which has been in the works since 2012 is finally complete! For me personally, this is very exciting. I've been so excited for this ever since they first announced that there was going to be a movie. I remember talking to my friend when I first heard about it and we were talking about how this could influence the publicity Go receives massively. Since then, of course, AlphaGo has come along and Go has received much more attention than anyone could ever imagine and I think that will only add to the success of this movie.

On my end, at least, the impact of AlphaGo has been very direct. Many friends know me as someone that plays a lot of Go and so when the Google Deepmind Challenge Match happened, a lot of people were contacting me and asking whether this was the same game. I'll leave the AlphaGo stories for another time though :)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

UPDATE: Where Have I Been?

The short answer is nowhere :)

The right answer is high schooooool........... It's my senior year and I've spent a lot of time balancing college apps with senior year, sports, a social life, and Go. Unfortunately for this blog, Go is pretty far down the pecking order on this list...hehehe. While I do enjoy Go very much, it hasn't been much of a priority recently because I have so much to do all around.

However, I realize now that I probably should be investing a lot more time in Go. Having a schedule or deadlines is not necessarily something I'm interested in but I do really want to continue blogging about Go (and potentially other things).

I just thought that maybe I should update the blog so I can get back into the swing of things. I also wanted to post this game here because it's one I played recently and I thought it was sorta good. It's not one I'm proud of, necessarily, but it was quite important to me because it was the last round of the Young Lions tournament. Let me know what y'all think :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

CrazyStone Series #1

Soooooooooooooooooooooooo recently I got the CrazyStone Deep Learning program. Set at around 1 dan, I decided to play a best two out of three series against it. Unlimited time, 1 dan, and nigri for color.

To give some context, this was also around the time that Cho Chikun was playing against Zen. I felt kinda sorta motivated by that, I think, and so I decided to do this. Hope you all enjoy the games :) I didn't comment on them because I don't think I did too well but I did alright, I guess πŸ˜‰

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Is the opening really that important?

"Lee Sedol's [opening] is somewhat the weakest of all the top players." - MyungWan Kim 9p

Hmm....πŸ€” Myungwan said that last night about Lee Sedol during his game with Tang Weixing at the Samsung Cup. I play a lot of Chess and that reminds me a lot of what people say about Magnus Carlsen. If you're not a Chess player, Carlsen is the top player on scene at the moment, and has held many records not the least of which is having achieved the highest FIDE rating in history. I can't really think of a good Go equivalent but it just shows that he one of if not the strongest players in history.

Even then, people continue to say that he doesn't seem to care much about the opening and seeks to just outplay his opponents in the middle and end game. While Chess is absolutely a completely different game with ideas and rules a lot different from Go, I believe that there is a lesson to be learned here. Lee Sedol and Magnus Carlsen are both very unconventional players. They have been the best in the world many times and continue to surprise everyone with genius moves and brilliant sequences all the time.

What I take from this is pretty basic: the game doesn't end after the first 20 moves. There is a lot that happens in the game and a lot can change really quickly. As a kyu-level player, I feel like I get hung up on things going my way in the opening way too often. I've also noticed that in my head, I lose the game right away. I am unable to get my composure and focus back like I would need to. I get so hung up on joseki and things that I should be familiar with that my game actually suffers.

What do y'all think? Is focusing on things like the openings so much a good thing or a bad thing? Other opinions? Feel free to share below or on Twitter! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The October Challenge!

Recently I've been listening to a lot of TedTalks and podcasts and last night I heard one about achieving your goals. Now yes, I know, it sounds cheesy and typical and clichΓ© and whatever else...but what do I have to lose?? haha. Anyway, what I was listening to was talking about dividing and conquering. To achieve your goals, set yourself mini-goals with deadlines and conquer them. Success comes easier in chunks. So last night, I tweeted this:

Ambitious? Yes. Achievable? Also yes. I believe I can do this. I believe in something called the "Law of Attraction." The more positive energy you put out there, the more motivation you show, the more you familiarize yourself with your goal, the stronger your connection becomes to it. Eventually that connection becomes so strong that you are standing right there next to it, achieving it.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Follow-Up Post: Tips from InSente

When I talked to "the Galluccinator" a couple weeks ago, he told me about how to improve by sharing what he did to achieve the rank of 1 dan within a year. I spent a lot of time thinking about these and was thinking about putting these in the other post about him but decided against it because it seems very important, like its own section.

If you haven't seen the Go Profile on InSente, you can find it here. He's really a wondeful person to talk to and very inspiring so definitely check out his YouTube channel and Twitch stream.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Game Review: BenGoZen!

Hey guys!

I was honored early last week to play a game with the great Ben Hong. He said that he was about 1 kyu or 1 dan around the time that he couldn't play Go as much. Obviously, that's a lot stronger than I am haha but even so, I asked for an even game. I enjoy even games because it allows me to call out the more inherent problems with my game. He was by no means sandbagging or being mean haha, just a disclaimer!