American Go E-Journal

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

Tuesday December 28, 2021

This is a game between 1dan players. In this lesson I’d like to emphasize the importance of basics. I make comments for kyu players, from 30 kyu to 1kyu, and dan players, from 1dan to 5 dan or stronger.

Last time I focused on 30kyu, 20kyu, 10kyu, and 5kyu players. This time, I write many useful comments for dan, but there are some important and useful comments for weak kyu players, too. I’ve been examining more than 120 or 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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