"Best Way To Study" Experiment - [SIGNUPS CLOSED]


What if one can’t even remember his own moves in a game that just ended? :crazy_face:

If you practice memorization, you will be able to replay your own games from memory.

I played a club (or should I say mensa) game in 2007-2008 (having played for about 2 years), got home and recorded the whole thing because I played what felt like 20 tesuji in a row to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat (I played an EGF 1k) and was proud af. I usually can’t replay online games because I put little effort in them, but the more effort you do put in, the better you will be able to recall them. Add in some practice, and voila.


I am happy to become a dot in your graphs too… :smiley:

Username: korni
rating: 1290 ± 72
rank: 17.0k ± 1.7
I can play for 1-2 hours/day
Age: Sure…

I’ve seen the post about memorising a pro game. Will also wait for your PM with the instructions. Cheers.


Is it okay to memorize (really) old games or should I specifically try to memorize a more modern game?

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Old games would mean old style too. Go tactics do tend to change over time, so maybe you might be better off to memorize the “newer style of play” from pros.

Well you might not necessarily want to memorize games from the 1600s considering play has evolved a lot since then, but anything shusaku+ is fair.

It would certainly be easier to do these older games, considering modern play is heavily fight-focused. But you can never go wrong with Shusaku, Go Seigen, Kitani Minoru, Takagawa Kaku, Sakata Eio, Ishida Yoshio, Cho Chikun, Lee ChangHo…


Alright, I can work with that. Thanks for the reply! Time to study :slight_smile:

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Hey Smurph, how many more are we looking at to recruit? I’m just curious… btw memorizing is hard ugh

According to the OP I think smurph is looking for another 12 participants.

Oh, about 12 more (keeping track of the count in 1st post). Yes, everything you need to do to improve quickly requires a lot of mental effort.

I was pleased to find that memorizing a pro game wasn’t nearly as hard as I’d thought it would be. I picked Lee Sedol’s fourth game vs. AlphaGo from their original series in 2016. I was able to commit the first 60 moves to memory with only about an hour or so investment. I then wasn’t able to touch it for two days, and just now made only two mistakes replaying them from scratch, which I’m pretty proud of given my (at least self-perceived) poor memory. I’ll keep going to at least the one hundredth move as you’ve prescribed, I just wanted to share my progress.

Come on, man! :open_mouth: :stuck_out_tongue:



Well done! Yes, it isn’t easy, but it’s also not as hard as it seems before you’ve even tried it. Thanks for the feedback, I’m sure it will encourage others who haven’t yet given it a shot.


for those looking to find games to memorize, http://ps.waltheri.net is a pretty great resource :slight_smile:


How do we know if we are part of the experience team ?
I really would like to try a methode with other people even if i’m a new sdk.

May i follow the experience as well ? even if you don’t take my result into account ?

I’m willing to participate. 12e Lettre is my ogs name, rank around 20k (+2.2) right now and can probably study 2 hours a day for the summer for sure. I can give you my age as well in private.


Thanks smurph, and StephenC20XX.

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I gave it a try too and the memorizing of game really isn’t far as hard as it looks. About an hour of effort and I can replay 50 moves. It’s funny :slight_smile:


1197 ± 93
19.3k ± 2.3
1hr per day for a month
I don’t mind providing my age


I have sent out group (“Go Research”) invitations to everyone eligible - so please join the group. If you have declined the invitation by accident, please let me know (you cannot apply for an invite otherwise). I will be doing a few small “soundchecks” to make sure everything works as smoothly as possible. Please check for group announcements every now and then. If you have any questions, you can chat with me; if there’s a lot of things you’d like to tell me, you can PM me here.

Estimated start date: sometime this weekend :slight_smile:


Nickname: Kla0mix
Rating: ~20k - 15k (15 was my highest, i havent rly played much yet so idk if 15k was just luck) 1114±98
Hours: 1+ playing, also I try reading books about Go
I would be ok with providing my Age