I’m not surprised …
I can't but I like such fuzzy and even contradictory proverbs in Go—they make me THINK for myself, and they force me to focus on the specific situation instead of just playing some move habitually.
I remember the proverbs about the four corners, as talked about on Sensei’s Library:
- The player who has all four corners should resign.
- The player whose opponent has all four corners should resign.
Odd, eh? But easily resolved if it’s changed to this:
- If any player has all four corners, Black should resign.
I’ve even seen this meta-proverb:
- Go proverbs only apply to Black.