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I'm an EGF low dan, playing Go since late 2006. I was active in the community at Sensei's and the former SE-1.0 site shidogo.com, now switched my attention to BCG.SE

I'm involved in the English and German Go community in various way, most prominently I've created a platform for bad Go jokes.


Nov
16
comment Why did black avoid the straightforward capture here?
Nice explanation!
Nov
16
comment Why are the boards not square?
Interesting. Is that really the case? I figured it appears more or less completely square by just the slight width adjustment already.
Nov
16
comment Why are the boards not square?
@AdrianPetrescu Haha, I would have missed that too :)
Nov
15
comment How do ranks work in Go?
I'm just going to mark this as accepted answer.
Nov
14
comment Is there a site to solve tsumego online?
I feel stupid, I can't seem to figure out how that site works. How do I actually attempt to solve something? Do I have to log in first?
Nov
14
comment Is there a site to solve tsumego online?
There is no app for android, is there?
Nov
14
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
@Mef Sure, thanks a lot for fixing and adding links.
Nov
14
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
@Mef Afaik, the definition of thickness implies "center access". I remember a higher dan talking about it very precisely in a NannyOgg game review years ago, but I can't find it right now, so not completely sure.
Nov
14
comment What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?
@Joshua What exactly do you mean by reinforcing? I doubt this is an issue, since even 2 stones are already reinforcing, though less easily visible. It is true that high handicap stones work together a lot, but they have to, to make up for the more and more extreme difference in strength (just think about how inferior/superior your Go is to someone just a few stones stronger/weaker).
Nov
14
answered What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?
Nov
14
comment At what level should one try to teach go?
@CodeInChaos-LiKao If it's really that tough for you, you should probably have a look at a few books. As an amateur, it's very difficult to be sure of some things, even if you're a strong player. You need backup. -- Apart from that, if you present your ideas as, well, ideas, it should still be fine. The student will still gain some insight, at least he knows of your pov and your reasons and can take them in consideration in the future.
Nov
13
answered Are professional ranks representative for how many stones of handicap players can give each other?
Nov
13
answered How to handle handicap as white?
Nov
12
comment How many points are won/lost during this exchange?
Easy to miss the 'slow' move at B1 in the second dia. Very nice
Nov
12
answered Why is this corner enclosure considered to be safe against 3-3 invasion?
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
Just try to apply it in your study and games and it will become more natural quickly. :)
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
Can you explain a little more about the diamond shape? What is the purpose, and how is it useful in practice?
Nov
12
answered At what level should one try to teach go?
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
Actually, you brought up a very good point there. It doesn't look that great for white, you're right. However, compare this to black defending with a one point jump after white played wrong direction (or black playing that jump even without playing anything) - now that looks great for black! By comparing, we can see that in one diagram, black is very good, and in the other dia, it's even. Do you see how vast the difference is now? We always have to compare, because an even situation is a lot better than a bad situation.
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
On the top of my head, yes, thickness is always influence.