Hello everybody, how is it going?
We hope that by now you have got in touch with your mentor/mentee - if not why not? Don't wait for the other person, do it yourself!
Thinking about ways to get started, we would suggest that first of all the mentor should get a chance to look at a game played by the mentee, either over the board or as a record. This is not so much in order to comment (though that would be useful) but more in order to be able to give some advice on what directions to study.
In terms of suggesting good programs to use for commenting games, CGoban
Hello again everybody, how is it going?
I guess we should first apologize for the lack of a "weekly" schedule for these emails. I hope your training is going on better!
Actually, however, we would really like to use feedback from you for these mails, so please get writing! Here's an example from Ron Bell:
Here is something that I recently learned (from Francis in the IoM).
I've always assumed that the tenets of what I call "Weak Group Theory" (WGT) say that you should always move out from your weakest group - preferably,
The syllabus follows. It supposedly should take you to 2-dan. Note that it does not cover topics such as counting or strategy. The Orientals seem to focus exclusively first on inculcating the real fundamentals of technique. Maybe we should learn to follow that, to avoid the UK's infamous weak ni-dans who can count but get caught out by a double snapback.
Star-point and komoku fusekis I and II
Chinese fusekis I and II
Countermeasures against Chinese fusekis