Rengo and Lessons

Last night’s lesson with Alexander is quite fun, depending on how you look a it. We started with a Rengo game (pair Go game) where Alexander and myself is one pair while two 6 dans formed the other pair. Rengo is a lot of fun to play although I seldom play it. The way it works is each player in the pair will take turn to move on the board but they cannot talk to each other. So the partners will have to understand why the other partner plays the move and try to synchronize the strategy.

By using Rengo to teach me, Alexander forced me to think like how he thinks. When he makes a move, I will have to anticipate the follow up moves. A lot of pressure on me but I find this way of learning refreshing. I had a bad game from the beginning because of two joseki that I was unfamiliar with and thus let our opponent got a big lead in the beginning, despite Alexander’s efforts to salvage the situation and I almost always destroys what he tries to do ;-) Towards the mid game, we launched a fight and according to Alexander, the game became close again but then I lost on time. Just not enough time to think. So the game ended. So many people came to watch our game and the remarks they made is really not very nice. But anyways, it is a good way to learn.

After that, we reviewed the game in private since it is a private lesson. I learned one new joseki and its variations and one joseki trick that our opponent used on me and I answered wrongly, and thus lost a whole corner. Both joseki revolves around the Hoshi point. It is amazing the number of variations that the Hoshi points has. I have never really appreciated Hoshi josekis and put a lot of time and effort concentrating on Komoku josekis only but last night was a real eye opener.

One of my big problem is when the opponent plays a move that I am not familiar with, I don’t seem to have the ability to know how to play so as to not to fall into a disadvantage. I think I simply cannot visualise the end result and cannot compare the individual end results and assess the result, whether it is good for me or not. Normally, how I should think is this: if I play a certain move, I have to anticipate the end results, and then I play another variation and anticipate its end results, and then decide which one is better. But this is easier said than done. First of all, my reading skills sucks, so the “variation” that I think is a variation becomes really bad because I will miss some of the tactical sequences. Secondly, I don’t seem to be able to hold the end result image in my mind and thus unable to compare. Even if I can, it takes an enormous amount of time for me to do that and my opponent begins to yawn. Thirdly, it seems that I really do not have the ability to judge what is good and what is bad, and therefore, after the analysis in my mind, I thought that the end result is good for me and thus I play accordingly but it turned out that the end result is really bad.

So, there goes my second lesson. Next week Friday, another one.


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6 responses to “Rengo and Lessons

  1. Looks like the lessons are starting to pay off. Go for more lessons-lar, so later you can teach the rest of us :)

  2. fallingstones

    haha, i really don’t know whether the lessons are paying off or not. i played a game with idazuwaika yesterday and my game was completely hopeless. maybe i don’t need to pay so much for lessons with alexander but just play and play and play. but then, it has proven that by just playing, i can’t really improve. i feel that i do need lessons but sometimes it is disheartening to have spent on lessons and then not reaping much improvements.

    hey, we are starting class soon! hope to see you in JC ;-)

  3. When are you and the others starting the JC classes? Post it in your blog or the Malaysia Weiqi Announcements section-lar…


  4. BTW – Don’t get so frustrated-lar? When your expectations are too high or you try too hard to apply Alexander’s lessons when the situation is not right, your plan might backfire-mah…

    For me, I’d like to study first before playing. Otherwise, dunno what I’m doing also… Maybe we’re the same…

  5. hehe.. it was not hopeless. you overlooked the fact that the group was dead in that Muramasa Sword joseki

  6. fallingstones

    hi avatar, the lessons most probably after our beijing trip. no lar… sometimes really get frustrated, which can be a good thing coz it shows i really care… if i lost a game and felt nothing and selamba only, then maybe i need to get worried that my go has plateaued. but i think alexander’s lessons is doing some good, psycholgically, if not really technically… hehe.

    idazuwaika…. it is really a disaster to overlook that my own “cutting” group is already dead and still continue to attack… just like on beginner game that i was watching, where the cutting stone was dead but the guy still continue to ladder as if he can really capture the opponent’s stone in the ladder…. i felt just the same :(((( so horrible. what a disaster….. :((

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