10 You know the rules but,

Many people say “I don’t know about IGO”.

That is not correct because most of the people who says so already know the rule. IGO is not welcomed because they do not know how to play not the rule itself.

There are only two rules in IGO. Both of them are easy to tell when you see the character “囲”. Rule No.1 When you surround a stone you can capture it. Rule No.2 When you surround intersections you can grab the territory.

That’s all.

If you know these rule, what you don’t know is all about how to play.

First rule, When you surround a stone you can capture it. it can be said military for a government. As the history proved, the stable and peace government without military is almost a fantasy. In IGO world, it is impossible to win without knowing how to fight in a close combat. Only you will see a destroyed and trampled field.

Rule No.2 When you surround intersections you can grab the territory. it indicate the land for the government. An aim of IGO(=the condition to win) is to grab more territory than an opponent.  So even if you have more military power, often lose because of failure of political negotiation. The expand of military costs means fall of government. Just focus on fighting a close combat, leaving the territory matter behinds, leads you to lose as well.

As I mentioned, IGO could be one of the metaphor for the government to try to expand their land. Obviously the military power is necessary but it is not an absolute requirement.

You  can win with a few agreements and negotiate at the border. It is possible to win without a war if you only have enough benefit. The expand of military cost has high possibility to destroy both countries.

Now, you know what IGO rule is right? What you need it to train yourself to win, as mentioned military and political power, which is how to play.

The politics does not always mean democracy. It all depends on one person’s judgement, it is more close to monocracy. You can have “an inner meeting”,where you can get an advice from outsiders in your mind for an accurate judgement. It will be your IGO constitution and build democracy. Or you prefer imperialism, or dump the chance to improve by pushing your authority.

That is all your choice.

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

Original was written on 29/05/2015

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09 Strategy and Tactics

Define Strategy as how to use tactics, tactics as how to fight in the field.

In IGO, such as  knowledge of standards move or reading skill means how to fight in the field.

Strategy means which strategy you choose or how much you can reproduce your predictions.

the strategy failure cannot take back by statistics. It is said that in military affairs but it is same in a IGO play,

Even you put all right points (=you could use right statistics.) it  means nothing for the point of strategy. If you face it, there is no room for fight , only you can choose is a cunning plan or vain struggle.

When you read precisely(=you could use a right tactics,) it predict that you will be a weaker one, you cannot reproduce it on a board.  Reading means that is for. You have to read to avoid it. That is called strategy.

Imagine it as in a business. Strategy is defined “how to fight in the field”, in a bussiness words, it will be defined “how to talk to clients”.

the strategy failure cannot take back by statistics as well as IGO. If your products or services is not worth anything for the clients, your hospitality does not mean anything even worse it is annoying for your client. That kind of business model  is called “clever plan” or vain struggle most of the time.

If you have confidence with your market research and analyzing , the result predict failure. You can not proceed it. Market research or  clients investigate is for to avoid these failure.  This judgement is strategy.

As a conclusion, Strategy comes first and Statistics comes after right strategy, when it comes , it effect in a perfect way.

If you can not have enough result, first you need to do is look back the statistics itself.

 

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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You need to explain logically your feeling in examination after game.

Basically, feeling is different from logic. However, there must be some reasons why someone conduct “a move” in IGO, so someone need to express one’s thought. If not, “examination” itself doesn’t have means at all.

To one’s annoyance, the reasons why someone chooses a move are almost “feeling”. In short, someone can’t explain logically why he conducted a move there. Nevertheless, when speaker tries to explain it logically, he attempts to “connect feeling to logic” in his mind.

For example, for a period of my apprentice, I was fond of conducting first move on the point called “making 3-5 point”. The reason why I conducted first move on it is only feeling, but I will express my thought as follows.

“Recently, my IGO skill is making little progress. I understand the necessity of using the most basic tactics such as star point and 3-4 point efficiently. But, rivals research them well because they are basic tactics, and if fighting them form head on in the ring, I will lose heavily. In consideration of my playstyle, or I prefer battle and thickness, it will be more effective to improve my strength that using “3-5 point” in another ring temporally than sticking to star point and 3-4point.”

In a word, I lose heavily and want to change something. I choose 3-5 point strategically now, but I held it “temporally”. Because the reason converted “strategy” from “tactics”, “comprehensive improvement of my strength” can be achieved.

As an example of importance of expressing one’s thought, I described only “first move” in this article. In examination of high-rankers, each of them is required to express his thought about every single moves in every single seen. This expression is conducted not only words. He often points out the transition of stones directly, and says “I thought this move would cause such influence and finally it would make a situation like this.” The important thing is only one as follows.

You can’t choose a move without reason.

Compared to life, you can’t choose an action without evidence. In other words, if you have some reasons and evidence for your action, you can express your thought easily. “Connecting feeling and logic” are improved by examination of IGO equals an ability that “you can accept the reason or evidence you should take an action”.

You should interpret that the thing called “energy” will be generated by feeling of agreement and confidence for taking action. The only effect of IGO is apt to be regarded as improving one’s mind. If you are absorbed in IGO deeply, you can improve your energy by the process of above I described.

You can improve your energy by IGO. That is my conclusion.

(Translated by Takuma Kondo)

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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07/Killing two birds with one stone is very inefficient. –by Ryo Tachibana

It is clear that “the results from an action killing two birds with one stone are too less” if you play IGO.

This proverb literally means someone gets two birds by throwing a stone, or “someone gets two benefits from doing an action, or serving two ends.” However, the move can kill two birds with one stone is classified “inefficient move” by high- ranking IGO player.

IGO is a domination game. For example, “a move decreases the opponent’s territory and increases my territory” is a move of killing two birds with one stone. As pursuing the effectiveness of one move, you can find moves that killing five birds with one stone many times. It means a move that “decreases the opponent’s territory and increases your territory, and aims a surprise attack with controlling attack to your own army away from the move, even more, prepares a final battle.” If anything, you can find only such moves. High-ranking IGO player is “a person can find moves more than killing five birds with one stone successively.”

For instance, I am writing this blog now because I am sure that “writing this blog kills more birds than five.” It has many purposes that verbalizing IGO, improving writing skill, confirming my paradigm of IGO with extracting common point between life and IGO, telling someone what IGO is. Setting such place in internet, or it is able to transmit unspecified large number of people equals “a move killing more birds than five” in IGO.

If you would like to improve your writing skill with verbalizing IGO, you can do it only using your note. If you would like to confirm your paradigm of IGO with extracting common point between life and it, you can do it only asking various elders. If you would like to prepare to tell someone what IGO is, you can do it with dozing away in bed. I chose “WinGO” because it can do things above described simultaneously, and also can transmit unspecified large number people, or it can tell them that IGO is very attractive game without using my time directly.

By the way, in high-ranking IGO player’s game, “someone who can have the opponent moved a move killing two birds with one stone” can win the game. Gazing at the opponent moving a killing two birds’ move in agony is one of the most delightful moment in IGO. On the contrary, suffering from being moved a killing less than two birds’ move by him is beyond description.

If you play IGO, you understand well that “killing two birds with one stone is very inefficient.” Much less, killing one bird with one stone is not reasonable at all. I changed myself to improve productivity of all my own concerns by following procedure. First, I learned the stance of pursuing a move more than killing five birds from IGO, then, I applied it to my life.

It is not clear that how many birds you will kill with one stone before you throw it. However conduct the most important thing is, you can acquire the imagination that how an arc of your stone will be drawn and hit birds by throwing it from playing IGO.

Once you master it, you can use it for rest of your life.

(Translated by Takuma Kondo)

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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06/Influential move and influential action. – by Ryo Tachibana

Stones are linked each other on the back of IGO board.

It is a matter of common practice that preparation for maneuvers in the right side is conducted in the left side. It is a matter of ordinal practice that move for applying pressure in the upper side is conducted in the underside, too. The high the level of his skill of IGO is, the more influential move for entire board is pursued by him. His recognition of an IGO board which has three hundred and sixty-one intersections is completely different from ordinary people.

Actions are linked each other on the back of thinking.

The more comprehensive his recognition of life is, the more influential effect from an action for his whole life is pursued by him. His recognition of a day, or twenty-four hours is completely different from ordinary person. Such person doesn’t separate work from life. So, he doesn’t need to adjust work-life balance. Each action are linked vividly in the back of thinking, like an art.

IGO players often discuss record of games, and it is called “Kento”, or “examination”. It is the place for discussion that “how stones connect each other on the back of IGO board”. Someone cannot make progress in IGO without improving the quality of examination. I improved IGO drastically when I was an apprentice because it is full of endless and monochrome ecstasy for me to examine record of games with my colleague. I cannot remember that how many times I was surprised, and uttered “how excellent recognition of the board it is!” I cannot remember that how many times I despaired and uttered “How excellent way of linking stones it is!”

After I withdrew apprentice and quit IGO, I almost unconsciously connected each action through thinking. I thought how an action influenced my future whole life, having a same feeling that when I thought how one move influenced whole IGO board.

There is “learning” in life. It means the place for realizing “how actions are linked each other in the back of thinking”. People cannot advance without improving quality of learning. If you want to improve quality of it, only you must visit “the person who links his actions each other through thinking brilliantly” to ask him how to link them. Reading can be a substitution of it, but asking him directly is much better. You will be surprised many times, “How wonderful recognition of life it is!” You will be excited numerous times, “How excellent link of action!” You can connect all actions through thinking.

IGO player can do so more easily. I understand from asking various elders that it is the just same point between connecting actions vividly through thinking and connecting stones in the back of IGO board brightly. Common keyword is “spreading effect”. Compared to a proverb,-killing two birds with one stone, skillful IGO player can kill twenty birds with one move, and the person makes his life artwork can kill two hundred birds with one hour.

There is no limit to excellence in IGO and life.

(Translated by Takuma Kondo)

 

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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05/ Feel then Think -by Ryo Tachibana

【Feel, then, think.】

I will classify roughly the methods of judgement into two, or “logic” and “feeling”.

Many people don’t play IGO will regard the evidence of the move as logic, but it is actually “feeling”. I don’t know the reason why I should move there, but I’d like to move. Such points occurred to me as options for move, next, these feelings are reinforced by logic.

Someone who doesn’t link judgement to feeling cannot find options for move. To the extent of “logical” search, he must examine three hundred and sixty one points for the first move, and must examine three hundred and fifty two points for the 10th move. It is not necessary for human’s judgment to trace same process of computer’s one.

IGO is “the game whose purpose is linking judgement to feeling”.

The second you focus on your feeling, you can refine options from three hundred and sixty-one to as many as three points for the first move. Similarly, in the 10th move, three hundred and fifty-two points are refined three points, in the 100th move, two hundred and sixty-two points are refined only three points. If so, which should you use, logic or feeling for judgement? Which is human’s judgement more simple and precise, many choices or less choices?

If you achieve the stage that you can use “feeling” as a basis of judgement you can apply its judgement process to your life. The word “thinking” is not the same as the word “performing”. Someone thinking logically is thinking as his words, but is not performing. Someone performing intuitively is performing according to his basis of action, but is not thinking.

Needless to say, which judgement is more rapid, by logic or by intuition? As above description, which judgement is easier and more fun?

In IGO, we always say to you “You can move the stone as you like.” The reason why we do so is that we want to burn “quick, easy and fun judgement” into your cell. In addition, we want you to acquire the logical fact that “feeling would be a basis of judgement”, too.

The judgement basis on intuition is always quick and easy and fun.

(Translated by Takuma Kondo)

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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04/ IGO = Soccer ball ?! — by Ryo Tachibana

【Taking soccer ball is called the world of IGO outside the storage.】

I compare the world of IGO to “soccer ball”.

White and black parts constitute the sphere. Needless to say, it is different between inside and outside of the sphere. When I was a teenager, I was “inside”. Then, I went outside, I examined soccer ball I had been inside of again. I got a result from this examination.

It is said that we should change not a factor, but use for changing the world of IGO.

Almost all crying for “changing the world of IGO” are going to change inside. For example, some people manage to pump air into the flat soccer ball, others manage to eliminate contaminants inside of it. These action means to change “elements” in the world of IGO.

I was aware the fact that no one took the soccer ball outside the storage.

Everyone is going to make clean the soccer ball that is gathering dust in a corner of the storage as it is forgotten, but no one is going to take it outside. The right use of soccer ball is played outside by being kicked. What we must change is not element, but “use”.

I determine that I take soccer ball is called the world of IGO outside of the storage. Because it is occasionally humid and uncomfortable for me to be inside, I will put changing inside in insider’s hands. I would like outsiders to play the soccer ball. However the great elements the soccer ball has exists, if its use is forgotten, or is not played by kicked, there is no need for it.

Recently, people play with me outside the storage are increasing. It seems that the soccer ball is brighter than before.

(Translated by Takuma Kondo)

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This essay is translated from Japanese. You can read original version on WinGo.

WinGo = Win+Wing + IGO.

If you want to know more about IGO or interested in his essay, please check this out.

Story of IGO soul (English Edition)

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