American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a Study Group Game

Tuesday December 1, 2020


White: Rhett23 8k
Black: sportknerd 8k
Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the Decmber 1, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this commentary between 8 kyu players, Guo Juan 5P gives some useful ideas even for players many stones stronger.

Guo Juan received this study group game sent by Laurie Linz, who had the following to say about their study group:

I have a chat group with a handful of people around my rank and we all are members so we get a bit of friendly competition on the headboard among ourselves. Our study group all met while participating in Yunguseng Dojang. Since we all have some of the lowest ranks that are allowed to participate in that program, it seemed that we would benefit from a community that practices and encourages each other daily. We attempted to share knowledge and encouragement using a text message group, however that grew very chatty very quickly. So now we communicate over Discord and encourage each other to practice daily, get on the leaderboard on Guo Juan’s Internet Go school, discuss our reviews that we receive from Yungunseng, and play serious games. We have become very helpful to each other to counter the negative aspects of the pandemic. And smack talk, we are all about smack talk. I am near Denver, Colorado (USA), but the people in the study group are all over the country!

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