Thursday, June 29, 2006


Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go is V. Good.

Though I shouldn't really read it in precal. :/

Anyways, lets see how much it helps me improve. :)

Sunday, June 25, 2006


This kind of thing probably shouldn't make my day, but it does. XD I got accused of sandbagging. So this means I'm stronger than 12k!!!

Its kind of depressing though. I should make my goals more realistic. Like, Shodan before age 30 or something. Will stop playing for a while. Maybe a week. Maybe a day. Who knows. Not feeling the "go vibe" XD;

Maybe 5k by August is more realistic.. afterall, I've only got about a month and a half to do this in.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Stay Calm?

If I focus and stay calm, I play much better. How come it took me this long to realize it?

But it's really hard for me to stay calm. I'm usually hyper or angry.

And, in "real life", I guess staying calm is always better than getting angry. I should work on that...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Kinokuniya= go book suckage.

Went up to Games of Berkeley and got Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go. Heee, I got the last copy. (Also got a chess (bah!) book for brother but that's beside the point)

Chiyodad: It doesn't look like they've restocked the Ishi Press books. :/ I don't think they've restocked at all since that one beginners tournament.

Kinokuniya's go book supply = one shelf. Not even a bookshelf, just one shelf. All it had was the Get Strong Series and some of those Go starter books. Depressing. Searched for quite a while to find it, too. Oh well, they make up for it with manga. and erasers. whee. And Malice Mizer CDs cost too much. $44?! Crazy. [/off topic]

Sigh. KGS tournament in an hour. Bleeehhhhh....

Will update later. Am dying from heat. stupid weather.

Alright, now I'm pissed. Lost a game I should of won due to neglecting to connect. I don't know what the hell I was thinking at the time, but I failed to see that I would have cut them off. Even then, it was close, but I failed to count, and only then did I realize I could have possibly made up the difference in endgame. If I had taken two sente points instead of a gote point, I could have possibly won. Ugh, oh well.Misread a kill sequence. I'm so off today. Ugh. I hate this. Gotta stay patient throughout the game... bleh. Why do I suck at Go?

Off to slaughter (hah!) 5ks..

I get pissed off too easily.
And then I just resign when I fail to kill or something, and then I just keep getting more pissed off and etc. I hate go. :(

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Spare the Air Day

I live in the Bay Area, and Spare the Air day(s) is today and tomorrow.

This means I get a free ride to SF and Berkeley!

Free ride! Saving 15 bucks , right there!

This is pretty sad, but the first thing I thought of is Berkeley --> Games of Berkeley --> Go books.

And then, San Francisco --> Gamescapes --> Go books.

God help me. D:

In other news, I'm going to switch to "mayonnaise" for a while, and see how high I can inflate the rank, and then see what I can stabilize it to. Gotta cure the rankophobia...

Wayne sucks. He played me a game, but it was ranked. So now mayonnaise is 5k?.

Oh well. Ill see what I can do.. yuck.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


That is the sound of my forehead hitting the table.

I don't know, I don't want to play serious games lately. I just want to blitz. Does this have something to do with a constant desire to win? Blah, I need to get rid of that. I feel like I'm playing less games because I'm afraid it'll kill my rank. Ugh, that's so bad for me though. I haven't played anyone higher ranked than 12k unless it was for a tournament, also..

I need to listen to Wayne and play more games against higher rated people.

I think I'll hop on "mayonnaise" for a while. Maybe more free games are needed.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


WIth my current schedule, I don't think I'll be able to make shodan by August 6th.

I'd need to gain like, 2 kyu strength per week. :/ This is kind of bad.

Oh well, after classes, it'll be Go, 24/7!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Yet Another Go Blog

Alright, this is another Go progress blog.

I'm a 16 year old living in California. I started Go in the start of September 2005. My KGS nickname is "toastcrumb", and I'm currently about 12k. I have no official AGA rating, having never played in a serious rated real life tournament.

Hm. So, my goal is to achieve shodan (1d) by August. Preferably before Go Congress, and preferably by my teacher (Wayne Cheng)'s birthday.

Wish me luck?