Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Testing My Patience

It's test-week at school, and so far I haven't had any classes. I might have classes on Thursday or Friday; I'll find out tomorrow.

I'm not looking at this as a mind-numbingly boring obstacle, I'm looking at this as an opportunity to study Japanese.

And by 'study Japanese' I mean 'play Igo and read Naruto manga'.

Speaking of Go, it's possibly the best strategy board-game in existence. It's most certainly the oldest. I was a long-time fan of Chess (still am) before I learned Go, and although I still like Chess, Go is much, much better (anyone who says otherwise hasn't done their research). The rules are simple, but the strategy is hard.

Everyone has a rank in Go. Currently, I fluctuate between 17-kyu and 8-kyu (lower is better). That's a big flux; sometimes I'm on the ball, and sometimes I just can't get my head around the game. My goal is to rank as 1-dan (higher is better), the lowest of the non-beginner levels.

Sigh. If only there were an English-language Go school in my town...

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