Why I quit go and started chess

Most people in the western world have never heard of go, or if they have, they only found it later in life after first playing chess. I’ve played go steadily for about 5 years and got into it before I ever played chess online even once. Recently though, I have shifted almost exclusively to chess. …

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Losing momentum

Cause I haven't been writing every day, I feel the write is just draining out of me. So this is me trying to fill it back up again. Reading: I finished listening to Heart of Darkness and found it a bit disturbing, and also very well written. It was referenced in Rings of Saturn by …

The Luzhin Defense by Vladimir Nabokov

Another terrific read by Nabokov, I have yet to be disappointed by his novels. This one follows a chess player, but you don't have to know a single thing about how to play chess in order to enjoy it. It's more about the mental states, and how imagining all the possible outcomes in a game …

A cool glass of sweet water

Every time I finish a particularly difficult book, be it bad, or odd, or just confusing, I take a break with a Nabokov novel. They are always so clear and crisp and enjoyable, it's like drinking a nice glass of cool water after a tiring time in the sun. This time I'm reading the Luzhin …

I FINISHED IT

I got to the end of the Glass Bead Game, finally! And boy... did it disappoint. The final 20% of the book is several poems and three short stories written by the character whose life we just got a long, tired account of. Two of the three stories were actually really good and I thought …

Do more than one thing

As some of you may know, my other hobby besides writing is playing Go, or Baduk, and there are several sayings or 'proverbs' that players hear when learning the game. One of them is something like 'a move that only does one thing is a bad move'. I had an epiphany one day, when having extra …

Go Beginnings

As you may or may not know, I've been obsessed with the board game 'go' for the past year or so. Posts about it seem somewhat out of place on this blog, though, so I've started a new blog for all my go thoughts. If you have any interest in complex board games like chess, …