Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Reached my funding goal!

This about sums up my feelings.

So we've reached the $800 goal for Sunday Go Lessons, and I can't tell you how awesome that is.  I've always wanted to bring the joy of Go to as many people as I could, and this is a great way of doing it.  I started playing Go when I was 19 and it's one of the few things I can say that I've worked really hard at.  I like it so much I went halfway across the world just to play it with people who are probably ten times as passionate about it as I am.  Go honestly makes me feel content, and I know it can do wonders for other people in improving their lives as well, even if it's just another hobby on the shelf.  I'd like to work towards a vibrant Go community in the U.S., and given the fact that there are now going to be U.S. professional players, it's important we create our own unique American Go culture to try and make that program a success as well.  Again, a big thanks to the Go community for stepping up.  

Now, we've reached our funding goal, but there are a few things I could use to make the videos really great. I can live without them, for sure, but living with them would be preferable :P

Here are the stretch goals.  If you know someone that might be interested in any of the perks, from game reviews to personal tutoring, let them know, and thanks again!

Lateral Tripod $200 - If we can reach the $1,000 funding level, then I can get one of these bad boys.  I've been using my own tripod, but it's really old and is being held together by duct tape and a prayer.  A lateral tripod would allow me to do overhead shots, so I can point the camera straight down at the board.  If you saw the videos of the professional games I did, a lateral tripod would make the shot a lot clearer.  Here is the page on Amazon.
Anything over this, I'll donate the equivalent amount of free lectures to the American Go Foundation so that they can freely give them to Go Teachers who'd like to use them in their classes to teach children or really anyone else who wants to learn Go.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Go Puzzles!

Last week's puzzle was on the harder side, so we're going to do something simple this week.  This is a problem that tests how much you understand about eyes.

Solution to Last Week's Problem
The first move sort of jumps out at you, but the rest takes awhile to really work through.  White has some liberty problems, so he has to connect at 4.  What you have to see is that if White captures 5 directly then Black can come under.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Go Videos

Some of you may be wondering what kind of videos am I going to offer on the site.  So far, I've put up 4 Go videos on Youtube.  They're not completed, as I'm still getting my Go studio setup and learning the ins and outs of video editing.  Teaching myself a new skill is pretty fun.  Currently, I'm filming at the Wixom Public Library in their recreation room for the low low price of $25.  The librarians love me, so sometimes they let me use the room for free!  The recreation room doesn't have the best light, but I can use my makeshift green screen and lighting, and can produce a few decent videos.  For instance, I made this video to teach beginners the rules of Go:

Hopefully, I can get my home studio setup so that I can make it look as good as possible.  I'm also going to try and use a lot of different techniques to show concepts in Go, like acting stuff out with friends so that it's interesting for people who are not hardcore Go types.  My main hope is to get new players to give Go a try, as well as help clubs reach out to new people.  One BIG thing I want to try for is to have materials for people who teach Go, but are not especially strong themselves, but want something for their class to enjoy.  In any case, any feedback one what people would like to see or what topics they'd like covered, I'm all ears!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Go Puzzles!

This week's Go Puzzle

This one is a lot easier than it looks.  The first move should stick out to you, but it will take some careful reading to get the correct sequence.

Solution to Last Week's Puzzle

It's hard to connect to our friendly stones with liberties.  I'd like you to read out the many different ways Black dies now.  comments

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Malkovich Game

So I'm involved in a Malkovich game on the Life in 19x19 forum.  I really love Malkovich games because you can play at your own pace and it's nice to try and explain your thoughts so that others can gain from them.  I've played a few Malkovich games before, but I thought I'd discuss this one  because the direction of play is especially interesting.  Here is how the game has progressed thus far:
I'm White.  So far things are pretty groovy.  Black has a monstrous amount of territory at the top.  He has maybe 35-40 points easy.  It's a lot of points, but I've got my moyo of justice!  Black plays at 39 which is a good move to move into my moyo.  So, my moyo is deep, but thin, whereas Black has locked up a lot of points, but in the process, his framework on the right side is largely broken up or has gaping holes.  I have yet to decide how I'll deal with Black 39.

In the game Black approached the upper left 3-4 point, but I originally thought he would take the top side.  It's big from his perspective as it gives him a double wing formation, and Black 11 us a huge point to deal with White's territorial framework towards the bottom.  I dunno, Black wasn't bad in the game at all, so this could just be another way to play.  The standard sequence in the upper left was brand new to me though.  I had never seen Black's kosumi there.
Normally it goes like this, and I thought it would be decent for both sides, but Black chose a good sequence and I think both sides were not too far off from one another.  We'll see how the game progresses.  I'll have to go into my arcane den of the dark arts of Go and figure out how to deal with Black's attachment...


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Go Puzzles!

This week's Go Puzzle:

 This is a classic problem, you'll find it in just about every intermediate level Go puzzle book.  Think about how to capture White!

Solution to Last Week's Problem

Here's the solution from last time.  Sorry that I missed the past few weeks of Sunday Go Puzzles, but I couldn't get to my computer in time.  The solution to this problem may have been hard to see.  The idea is you have to throw in once then start the ko with 3.

The direct route doesn't work because White can double back and prevent the three stones from being captured.


Friday, July 13, 2012

New Sunday Go Lessons Video: Professional Game Review

Here is a professional game review between Rin Kaiho and Sakata Eiou.  We focus on resisting your opponent's strategy and learn some useful shapes!  If you think you would like to see videos like these, 24/7 for one month for only $1, consider pre-ordering 10 and get 5 free!  Just click on the Kickstarter link to the right. comments

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kicking off Sunday Go Lessons with Crowdfunding

So, I've put up some sample videos and have been talking about Go for awhile, but now it's time for me to actually get the Sunday Go Lessons Web series up!  To do that, I'm starting a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which you can visit here.  The goal is to raise $750 so that I can finish fixing up my studio, get the website done, with some left over for advertising for outreach.  I've paid for most everything so far and have taught myself the joys of video, but just need an extra push from the Go community to get me over the edge.

My videos will have something for everyone.  Game reviews, professional games, lectures on topics like common mistakes or attack and defense.  Some videos will be conventional, some will be a bit on the goofy side.  After all, we're trying to widen the Go playing community.  The main thing that I focus on in lectures is changing the way you think about the game.  The way I learned Go was to forget my mistakes and learn to focus on why certain moves were good.  You literally just forget bad moves and stop considering them which enhances your play dramatically.  It's a good system, and I want to reflect that in the videos.

The videos will be available in multiple languages, because I know from talking to some friends that there is not much out there for French, Spanish, and German speakers as far as Go stuff in their own languages, which makes it harder for them to spread it to a wider audience.

If you decide to donate I will shower you with free videos, review your games, give you awesome advice, and even personally tutor you if that's what it takes.  Heck, if you want to be in a video and can get yourself to Michigan, have at it!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Any Comments?

So this is a game review between two 6 kyus.  I'd love some feedback, as you'll be seeing more videos like this when Sunday Go Lessons is launched in August! comments