We laugh at bots when they fail a ladder, but let’s not forget humans fail ladders too.
Look at that, I caught him in a ladder!
So, fellow kyus, if you want to win against dan, I have just the right trick for you
Well, of course, after I got such a lead I couldn’t help but blunder some points back. That’s my usual way of dealing with having an advantage.
And please don’t take it as me trying to insult my opponent or something, it’s just funny for dan to make a mistake like that. I know perfectly well that in all the other games it’s me who’s doing silly blunders, let me have fun in this one game.
“Still on ladders? Ridiculous! Even looking at this page is beneath me.”
Yes, but even if you feel you are being cheated, read on a little further. Don’t forget the fundamentals. Our study begins with ladders.
[…] Many amateurs, sometimes even dan-ranked amateurs, are apt to become impatient when confronted with long ladders like this…
— Kageyama, Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go
One of the best lessons I ever had in Go is right there on the next page from that passage you quoted.
Weak players like me often look for a way to get stronger at the game without reading, thinking that maybe there is a “One Weird Trick” kind of thing that can take you to dan level, but Kageyama teaches otherwise:
Ladders should be the school that teaches you to read patiently, move by move – black, white, black, white, black, white – which is the only way.
your title was misleading
i thought it was vs a bot game…until i realize it was a human