Yesterday I helped explaining go to primary school pupils. It was absolutely delightful to see their enthusiasm. They had so much fun, regardless of having fully grasped the rules (of capture go) or not. Who cares if a few stones didn’t have any liberties for a dozen moves? What’s the big deal about whose move it is? They so much wanted to place that next stone on that cool spot, they surely can’t wait if the opponent thinks for soooo long (like 3 seconds).
I thought about how I can try to get into that spirit myself again. Not so easy, being nearly 50 years older. But I decided to at least make an attempt, so I decided to:
- play less seriously, care even less about losing
- stop looking up josekis
- stop using the analysis feature (which I have used excessively so far)
From this you may already have guessed that I play correspondence exclusively. I’ll stick with that though, better fits into my life.
Now I’m asking myself (and you!): How far will my rank drop because of this? As a starting point I’ll take 6k, though my current rank is 5k (and recently was 4k), since I’m pretty sure this was just a fluctuation caused by a winning streak and I have some games lined up that don’t look so good currently.
So where will my rank be by the end of the year?
- it will go up
- stay the same, 6k
- down 1 rank, 7k
- down 2 ranks, 8k
- down 3 ranks, 9k
- down 4 ranks, 10k
- down 5 ranks, 11k
- down 6 ranks, 12k
- down 7 ranks, 13k
- down 8 ranks, 14k
- down 9 ranks, 15k
- down 10 or more ranks