Peak Competitive Potential

These are just my own notes for reaching Peak Competitive Potential.

Long Term Development

  • Do daily tsumego
  • Get regular exercise
  • Eat healthy

Short Term Preparation

  • Eat well
  • Sleep well
  • Clip fingernails
  • Take vitamins
  • Caffeinate
  • Stretch
  • Drink water
  • Minimize distractions
  • Put on clean socks
  • Set medium time controls

Closing comment: Preparing all of the above is not required for playing Ranked games. Just do a little and play, play, play. Just play! Do it! It’s go! Yay!

How do you prepare to play?


For your ‘Long Term Development’ section I would add: “Keep it fun.”


Never prepare, just play.


Just do whatever Shin Jinseo did :P

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Nice list! I think I’d add a few things for my LTD:

  • Play, play, play (I know you said this, but wasn’t in the list)
  • Read Go books
  • Talk to skilled players
  • Watch Go Videos/study pro games
  • Quit my job (I’m kidding, but really I really do notice a bump when I’m not stressed)

And now for my Long Term Disappointment List:

  • Make a goal to reach Dan level

Yes, basically this. Not being stressed enables both ability to focus on things I study and performance in games (I think but have no real way of proving…)

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I would say not being stressed, especially over previous losing games is pretty important, and keep one’s mind calm between games.

I participated in some local tournaments last year with Swiss round-robin, and we had to play 6 games in one day, and every game had to be finished in about 50 minutes. In one of them I lost the first game, then I kept rethinking what I played wrong, and led me to lose the following games for the morning. Only in the afternoon, I had rest and clear my mind, I was able to win the reminding games (although already too late to get any prize though)


I knew I still had hidden potential for improvement somewhere, I just had no idea where to look. So thanks for the pointer. Dan level, here I come!