Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2008


Today I proudly present my go-related website that I have been working on for some time now. It can be found at .

It is a website where users submit their theory lessons, tsumego, reviews or progames in order to make them available to everyone.

Check it out, please!

Sonntag, 16. März 2008

A beginners main problems when relearning the game of Go, and how to solve them.

As it is the third time now that I start playing Go I think I am fairly qualified talking about beginner problems...

  • The most important one is in my opinion the motivation. Although people are usually eager to learn and rather excited encountering something as new and entirely new such as Go, they are often put back by other, more skilled players. Whenever I started playing again I felt like I am the worst player out there becouse somehow my opponents always managed to keep my score at a minimum... And often I had no idea why at all... Somehow my territory seemed to continuously shrink without me making any mistakes, or at least none apparent to me... And if you're on a loosing streak it's always a simple way out to simply quit, especially if you don't know why you keep loosing. But, luckily, especially on KGS there have always been people trying to help and support me, and I am very grateful for that. You need other people to keep going, or at least I do. That's why I think a local Go-club is very important to ones development. On the Internet you are somewhat anonymous, but in a Go-club you're not. The person opposite to you sees your face and gets to know you, and might recognize you in the future somewhere on the street. And imagine you have quit playing and you meet that person again, what are you going to tell him or her? That you simply gave up? I now that I couldn't do that, and therefore I “have” to keep playing in order to avoid that situation. Anyway, Go has never been all about the game for me anyway, but also about the people. Never in my life I have encountered such a nice bunch of intelligent and kind people such as Go-players. They seem to be always considerate and respectful, for, somehow, the game seems to form your character. Another good reason for joining your local go-club I guess... Go is more fun on a real board anyway. But coming back to the topic:
  • Another problem is getting better. Whenever I do something it's not that much about doing it but more about getting better at it. And that's what I like so much about starting go: you usually get better so fast! Every once in a while you may encounter a phase when you simply don't improve, but by playing continuously, solving tsumego and studying theory you'll manage to survive these times as well. One never stops improving, only the speed differs. There are always better players out there that enjoy teaching beginners, and that's part of the reason why I started the “Sarthilfe” on KGS. When I was one of those better players I very much enjoyed teaching weaker ones, and so do many others. Just ask a dan player for a game, you'd be surprised how many times they agree to playing a game or two. It's an awesome experience that nobody should miss. Again, joining a real life Go club comes in handy here. Usually there's at least one strong player there, or if you're lucky a lot of them, and they'll happily play you and comment your and their moves if you as them to do it.

Well, that's all the problems that I encountered so far, there might of course be different ones for everybody. If I forgot to mention something important, feel free to drop me a line using the comment option.

In this post I talked about joining a Go-club frequently. But what if there isn't any around that you know of? Well, using the Internet in order to gather intelligence is the obvious thing to do. But if you still can't find a club this way why not found your own one? You could teach some friends to play, and you could meet frequently. That's good fun, good for your social life and also good for your playing skills.

Something I would like to add: If you travel frequently it is always good to visit the local Go-clubs at night. I have met many many nice and interesting people that way, and I think the playing style differs from town to town, so you may gather some important impressions and also techniques that my help you throughout your entire ordinary and also Go-playing life.

Donnerstag, 13. März 2008

Pew, haven't forgotten everything...

Well, now that is a relief... Thank god I haven't forgotten everything… I of course can't remember a single Joseki or something, but at least I can still more or less play. After a few games my rank is at around 14k, so at least I don't have to start again from Zero. Not that I would have minded, for at that time you improve so rapidly it's just fun watching your rank graph, but I am not sad about a little challenge either ;-) Well, everyone, wish me luck :o)

Dienstag, 11. März 2008

Good news - blog resumed!

Well, I haven't been playing in a long time, and quite frankly, I thought I never would again. But then it happened: last Saturday I met an old buddy (who is by the way 1k now…) from my go-club at a bar and we got into talking. Anyway, at some point in the conversation he pulls out his portable goban and asks if I cared playing him. Well, as I didn't have anything better to do that evening I agreed and we played.

Of course, I was crushed.

But playing him I realized how much I had missed Go actually. Thinking back, I realized that a lot of the things that went wrong in the past few months might have not been so bad if I had still played Go, for the game had always made me calm and balanced.

Anyway, I decided starting to play again, and realized once more that I had forgotten much but not all. Well, I started a new nick on KGS and I won't be using my old one before I made 9k again, for it would simply be too embarrassing…

Anyway, thanks, Pascal, for being there that evening and reintroducing me to one of my greatest passions!

Sonntag, 13. Januar 2008

Bad News - Blog suspended


Some of you may have noticed it, but not much has happened here... The reason for this is thatI am sipply not playing Go at the moment, which is really a shame...
I am sorry for that, but I hope to spend a mont in Japan, soon, and this might trigger me into playing Go more regularily again hopefully...

So, until then, this blog is suspended...
Sorry for the inconvenience

Have a nice day,

Freitag, 9. November 2007

My 3D-animation Website

Hi everyone!
You may have noticed, that I haven't been able to write a lot in this blog lately... This has got a reason and I am going to tell you:
I am in the middle of my preparations for my A-level-exam, and as part of that I am doing a 3D-animation.
This means that I did a lot of 3D work lately instead of playing Go, and as i am a very social person, I decided to share the work I did with other people for free and createt a website for it:
Check it out! It's still a small page, but it's growing already :o)

Freitag, 26. Oktober 2007

Hi everyone,

it’s been quite a while since my last update, and I am sorry for that, but I have been so busy over the last month(s) that I actually haven’t played at all… but I hope that there will be some freetime ahead soon … as long as nothing new comes up anyway … but well, enough about me.

What I really want to tell you guys is that there is a new SUJI – episode is out finally, and I reckon it’s even better than the 2 before! Check it out!