Monday, January 16, 2012

Getting back into the groove

So like, in preparation for possibly returning to Korea, I wanted to try to get myself back in shape as far as my Go skills.  It's been a harrowing process.  For the better part of a year, I just focused on writing and getting my books ready for print.  I hadn't spent much time doing tsumego, reviewing professional games, or really anything for that matter.  The last time I played Go was a few months ago, and I can't remember the last time I played three games with a buddy of mine in real life after Christmas.  We went 1-1-1.  The tie was basically me playing really badly, and then letting him have a tesuji that basically paralyzed me and brought the game back to equilibrium.  I couldn't go on after that, so we called it quits.  So, the question is, how to get back in shape?  Motivation to study and to improve has always been the key to moving forward.  When I was in Korea and at the height of my studying, I was able to go toe to toe with the 5 dan children.  I had to really think of course, but they couldn't take me down without a fight.  Of course, back then, I was doing 100 problems a week with a weekly lecture and copious amounts of Baduk TV.  Now that I'm back home, I can't get my Go fix as easy, and I'm trying to find the motivation to get back in the groove.  At times like these it'd be nice to have a 1,000 year old ancient spirit tell me what to do :P comments