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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
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.
Nov
12
comment Why did black avoid the straightforward capture here?
Regarding the counter attack (I think you means after the last diagram in my post), certainly, black has to be careful, but the fight is at least even so it's better than, well, not being able to start a fight at all.
Nov
12
comment Why did black avoid the straightforward capture here?
I don't think this is an issue. To make it a ko, white whould have to play bad shape, making her group more heavy. And even if black simply defends, the exchange does not really help white.
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
I used a modified example from Sensei's and a few examples and text passages given in Strategic Concepts of Go by Yoshiaki Nagahara 5d, chapter 4 and 5.
Nov
12
comment Understanding influence and using it properly
consulting a few books right now, not satisfied with this answer at all yet
Nov
12
answered Understanding influence and using it properly
Nov
11
answered How to protect a large piece of side territory
Nov
11
comment How to protect a large piece of side territory
@Paul, what is your level in Go? So I know how to direct the answer
Nov
11
comment Where can I find a good Joseki database?
Nice idea, but seems to offer little practical value