Originally posted by hedonist
Yeh the correspondence Go thing was what I was asking about. Suppose the amount of moves may be the reason.
Not sure about it helping your chess. Though I guess a good chess player would make a good Go player if they put their mind to it.
hm, i believe in most things helping to understand chess better. game tactics, pattern recognition, the player you play with...
go in particular is mind-boggling for someone who only knew about chess before. the basic outline is so similar (a grid of black and white, two players, etc.) and yet the outcome is so different (playing on the edges, all stones are equal, conquer space not kings, different player strengths are balanced etc.).
the nicest was to learn the give and take. in go you can never have everything, you must allow your opponent to gain space. it has a lot to do with recognizing the ability of the other player (i hardly finish go games to the end, resigning a game means you acknowledge the strength of the other and assume he doesnt blunder, which is not nice to make someone do). and this give and take is also essential for chess: give a pawn, a piece, take a tempo.
using the balance to create unbalance.
anyways, is fascinating. 🙂