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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.


Jan
9
comment What is the formula of rank difference to handicap stones?
@KarlKnechtel Certainly. Ranks do not really work for beginners. They become a reasonable approximation starting around 10 or 15 kyu I guess. To create meaningful statistics, you'd have to refer to dan level games so the noise in the samples is lower.
Jan
5
comment Is giving resources away for free allowed?
My mistake! Thanks for pointing it out, it's been a while since I read the rulebook and I remembered it wrongly. Very interesting.
Dec
20
comment What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?
Yeah, that's true, my mistake, I forgot about that. That is something actually new, and very useful.
Dec
19
comment What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?
I'm not sure if you knew but the Sensei's page was created from the discussion here and at the article linked in the question, it's not founded on a solid source. So we can't really use it as a reliable reference.
Dec
16
comment What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?
Yes, hot, spicy, salty was named many times in the discussions recently (also at senseis.xmp.net/?Karai). Gobase (a reliable source on at least the basics) has 'karai' but not 'katai' so I guess it was actually 'karai'.
Dec
13
comment Where can I find a good Joseki database?
Should this be CW?
Dec
9
comment Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?
Just had a look, nice site though few players
Dec
8
comment Are there any English servers where I can play Mahjong online?
Could you add a link?
Dec
8
comment What do you recommend to learn Go?
This is so far the best tutorial I've seen on Go. I learned Go this way and found it really easy and fun, and concise and fast as well.
Nov
30
comment Honinbo 1970, match 1: Why does white need to play toward the edge here?
Not sure, but an additional thought might be to have black initiate large avalanche in case white tenukis. So black would get a locally even position too, which is too nice since he already took a spot elsewhere. By the sagari of W2, this is impossible, and of course it makes for good mid- and endgame too.
Nov
16
comment Why are the boards not square?
Note that this is a CG image. I don't trust CG images for this sort of thing at all, and in fact think the image may be wrong here
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).