Right of the bat know that this is an odd rant.
I like go, I feel passionately about go, I am not any good at go.
I am often discouraged and overwhelmed by the sum total of what I do not know about it. This started as a request for a teaching game but became a rant about dedicating myself to learning go. Read at your own peril.
I have played go for years…maybe ten years off and on. Never dedicated, Never focused. And of course I never really improve.
I made one push in the last year to get stronger and played in a correspondence group with @Levvo but correspondence games or more specifically the idea of playing moves at random moments of the day and not sitting for live games really wore me down. I couldn’t focus. I dropped out and stopped playing for a while. Looking backI approached correspondence games wrong, it was my first experience with them. So it goes.
So its a solid 6 months later and I am rededicating myself to improving.
I play occasionally with a friend and have been teaching my daughter but no one plays here in North Georgia (Augusta) so OGS is the best choice. I’d like to find a couple teaching games to mix into my play so I can break myself from bad habits and identify the holes in my play. Even learning how to review my own games would be amazingly helpful.
I’m just looking for some direction. Ways to study ect…
Drop me a line or reply no matter how old the post gets and I’ll find a time to play. Probobly late in the evening after the kids are asleep. (GA, USA is -5 GMT)
At this point I’m rambling and anyone willing to give me a teaching game would have long since stopped reading but I guess this is a good exercise for me.
What am I trying to accomplish…
Goal #1 - First and foremost to improve. Understand the game better. Know why something is correct not just that it is the right move. I want to pass this down to my daughter and a real understanding of the game is paramount.
Goal #2 - Single digit Kyu. I’ve been double digit for 10 years, I am ready to improve. OGS lists me around 11k-13k now.
Goal #3 - Play in a tournament at live game speed on OGS.
Goal #4 - Travel to a tournament (reasonably close to North GA. maybe Atlanta 3 hours away or Columbia 1 Hour) Meet some go players out in the world.