American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: The Importance of Basics

Wednesday April 7, 2021

Published in the April 7, 2021 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

This is a game between a 1 kyu (Black) and a 1 dan player.
In this lesson I’d like to emphasize the importance of basics. I focus on kyu, 1 dan, and 2 dan mistakes. But I’m going to show some useful information for 4 dan players. I’ve been examining from 120 to 150 amateur games every month for many years. Based on that, I can state common adult mistakes in my commentary.

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”. Visit his newly improved website, including the advice column and example problems. Kaz also has room for offline teaching.


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