Amateur Weiqi's Journal

Hi, I kklim from Malaysia. Here my blog on amateur weiqi player.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Go Seigen's Tesuji Dictionary

April 24, 2004 Saturday

Yes! I got my copy of the highly recommended tesuji book by many people already - the Go Seigen's Tesuji Dictionary (3 books). Even I get charge by unreasonable price by the bookshop, I still willing to pay for it. On future I will buy direct via the Internet to avoid the middle man unreasonable charge.

I just go thru the preface, the 1,000 tesuji problems will well serve to the purpose of study tesuji.

Weiqi section labels

April 23, 2004 Friday

Today also take the free time make some photo shot to get some weiqi photo, and use it to create label or section label for upcoming organize website section on the weiqi. It is really very difficult to update the website content without proper manage scope of the content. Hope this will be my last time on the "get organize", and on future just author and fill in the content into respective section.







Friday, April 23, 2004

Koei's Shudan V or what I call "Shodan"

April 23, 2004 Friday

If my memory serve me well, Koei's Shudan V [手谈] is actually build from Chinese Handtalk latest engine. As the Handtalk author previously mention before, old handtalk engine is difficult to have breakthrough performance (2-3kyu ~ 1kyu); this is the reason behind develop the new handtalk engine. And this Koei's Shudan V as advertisement said is tested by Japan Nihon Kiin 9dan professional, and think it have amateur shodan qualification (play in the strongest mode with longest thinking time). This is the reason why I alway refer to it as Shodan [初段] instead of Shudan :)

Even the program is with me for a while already, still no time to really have a round of the game.


As the screen I capture from the program, I play black, and "Shodan" play white. Since I still no really able to free out a quality time to have few round of the game with it, so I can't said it have "Shodan" qualification or not. Japanese is alway have a lot of good computer AI games well package. I play a game with my brother Playstation 2 weiqi program call AI囲碁2003 [English title: AI Igo 2003], license by Many Face of Go. I play the strongest mode, even I just try play and up to the fuseki phase and just begin the middle-game, the program really act like human or play like high kyu player, all the move is fit the weiqi principle.

Sound like after computer AI conquer the western Chess program, it is march toward conquering eastern weiqi. Actually for the weiqi player, it is good news - we can have a good computer AI able to think accurately at speed of light. By matching computer AI, we improve own self as well.

Fujisawa Hideyuki or Shuko books in next move series

April 23, 2004 Friday

Today take the leisure time to go downtown and buying all the Shuko books (total of 10 books) I can find. His next move series is actually a very good book in handle weiqi subject in very difficult to expain subject like middle-game and some strategic issue, as well as the "feeling" portion. Before see the Shuko next move book, first read the problem and then base on the situation, react and explore own own next move first. Force self to really think on the process. And more importantly, it is problem books with question, easy to digest like one question at a time. For a limited leisure avaliable, it is really more practical on study this type of book, or book divide into course series.



From now on, i still lack 1 book on Shuko's Feel Series [秀行的感觉系列]; and 2 book on Shuko's Creation [秀行的创造] to complete my whole suite of Shuko's Next Move Masterpiece [秀行的下一手丛书系列]. Sometime I really think I'am out of line, instead of spend time on digest all the weiqi literature I accquired so far, I still go in collecting process. I now start to realise and no feel wonder why standard amateur 4 dans player have 300 ~ 500 books in his bookcase. And Asian language weiqi literature is more than those published in English.

Now I think back, the book that I really spend time to finish off 1 time completely by heart is Rin Kaiho weiqi beginner introductory book, and spend 1 time to review it. Other book I just random reading for those area I feel interested. After tomorrow I get the Go Seigen Tesuji Dictionary Books, it is really time to stop, until really digest all the books in my hand. And it is time to invest time wisely and make a good study plan to cover area by area, especially on the tesuji and life-and-death area in the limited leisure time.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

3,500 standardize kifu is ready

April 21, 2004 Wednessday

I feel like being a long time no update my blog, as right now get busy in the help of 9 kifu collectors in divide out the task of standardize kifu, in the chinese language. And up to yesterday, 3,500 kifu in confirm done (2004-04-20;2003;1995). And the remain balance of 46,500 kifu maybe less will be in progress. Can be expect the project result will be highly value added kifu records standardize in all the information. For me primary will be use it in the kombilo, and plug in multigo as the sgf editor.

Recently I get try on the Koei's Shudan V, a japanese weiqi AI software that license from the Handtalk engine. It feature the Japanese lady voice on each move, quite a good experience on it. I feel like really play the weiqi in the presence of the assistant. I not really play full game on it yet, as I really running out of time recently. I will come back to this and update my blog to cover the personal experience on the Koei's Shudan V.