How to train with AI

You cannot beat KataGo in an even game; even top professionals have to take two or three handicap stones. But high-handicap games are different from even games. KaTrain can weaken KataGo but it does not play human moves found in Asian server games. Find positions from your games where KataGo says that you have a …

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Nigel Davies on “The How and the What”

The how is more important than the what. […] It really doesn’t matter what you study, the important thing is to use this as a training ground for thinking rather than trying to assimilate a mind-numbing amount of information. […] The reality is that you’ve got to move the pieces around the board and play …

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101weiqiLocalizer Chrome Extension

101weiqi.com is a Chinese-language web site where you can solve Go problems. Unfortunately there is no English-language localization of that website. So I wrote a Chrome extension that aims to make it easier for those of us who don’t read Chinese to use that site. The extension adds a script to 101weiqi.com’s web pages which …

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Using Tygem on a MacBook Air M1 (Apple Silicon)

I wanted to play on Tygem on my MacBook Air M1 (Apple Sililcon). It’s possible to install the iOS version of Tygem using the App Store and run it natively but I really dislike that version because after every move it requires you to click a button to confirm and moreover it is plagued by …

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Hwang In-seong 8d on Eastern vs Western Go players

Hwang In-seong 8d, in his live commentary on the 16th KPMC Preliminary League game between Edwin Halim 3d (Indonesia) vs Denis Karadaban 3d (France), said (slightly reworded): Asian Go players are more practical, more aggressive. They get their level by playing many games. In the West they get their level by studying a lot, like …

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Hein Donner on pondering and touching the Chess pieces

In the oddly-titled Dutch Chess documentary “The Love for Wood”, at 2:00 (with subtitles), eccentric Chess player Hein Donner says: […] a remarkable moment is the moment you will make your move. It’s the exact moment you touch the piece. In the split second you touch the piece you’ll see more than you have seen …

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Garry Kasparov on playing computers and humans

For all of chess history, even the greatest players had been sheltered from the sort of incredibly complex tactical play that computers handled almost trivially by 1993. You knew that your human opponents had roughly the same limitations as you did when it came to dealing with whatever arose on the board. […] Generally, I …

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David Bull on the ten-thousand hours rule

When it comes to developing ability at something, a craft like this, or perhaps at a sport, anything really, we commonly hear people talking about such things as “it takes ten thousand hours” as though it were simply a matter of spending enough time and making enough repetitions. But that’s not true. […]. It’s no …

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