Go pedagogy from Japan… dancing on the Goban (Go board)

During last years we had different talks with some of our league members about how to start to teach own kid(s). Naturally we who love Go a lot like the idea maybe one day own child might get addicted to Go similarly as we are. – How to make Go attractive to little kids ? Following might give some inspirations.

林漢傑 (Lin Hanjie), a Go fellow from Taiwan who lives in Japan (Tokyo) shares with us following video to  document teaching his little daughter.

13887134_1188705674482783_7423442979404955015_n林漢傑 (07/24/2016) – 囲碁ダンスなるものを考えてみました!(笑)



This short clip gives an idea about how to teach little kids in GO – without a heavily impact by theory. Learning by movement, learning by “dancing” let memorize kids in a playfully way adapting to their nature. Such methods we also see in Korea by specificly trained GO teachers for school education.

The vid shows five (5) basic positions on the board to be memorized by mind imaging through “poses”. Very cute…

(1) Common in running fights, the one-point jump moves out quickly (see getting ahead with a one-point jump), but is potentially vulnerable to being cut depending on the surrounding position (see cutting the one-point jump). It is also subject to the peep (see 3).

According to the proverb, the one-point jump is never a bad move.

(2.1) NOBI is a a basic move type. A play directly next to another stone of the same color to create a line of at least two stones. The second stone “moves ahead” and is solidly connected, hence the English term solid extension.

The nobi advances your stones and creates more liberties for them. You can get an idea of the uses of this move by considering some of the paraphrases for it, such as “stick your head out” and “move out”.

(2.2) Obviously, a nobi is more solid than alternatives to moving ahead such as jumping, since by definition it cannot be cut; at the same time, it is a slower way of doing so.

(3) There are dyifferent ways to connect (japanese: tsugi).

Am I really a moron if I don’t connect against the peep? – This proverb itself strongly suggest people connecting against a peep. However don’t be misled by the phrase of “Even a moron…”. Don’t get it wrong that it is, say, 99% correct of all cases.

No, you are not a moron if you don’t connect. In pro games, you will see many more different responses. It is not uncommon to answer differently. See the other choices.

(4) Cutting and connecting is a central concept in Go. You are normally well advised to keep your own groups connected and cut your opponent’s groups apart (see: Divide and conquer).

A cut (Japanese: Kiri) is a move preventing a connection, or an existing situation where stones are prevented from connecting. Usually the term applies to stones which are in direct contact.

(5) Using the diamond (or diamond shape) is called a ponnuki. It is the process of capturing a single stone leaving such a shape, not the shape itself.

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