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| Understand a Pro Game

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For most of us mere mortals, professional strength is something quite unobtainable but that does not mean we cannot learn from them!

First thing to realize before observing a professional game is that you will not understand everything. You are not even supposed to. If you did you would be a Pro!

Some choices and moves are simply based on a reading ability way beyond ours. If you cannot see the full consequences of a move, you cannot fully understand it. That’s okay. What you should be able to understand and strive to incorporate into your games, is the self-discipline. Especially Japanese pros will often play “simple” moves. They will have balance. They attack a bit and then they will defend their own weakness. Where we would play a complicated fancy shape to “do more than just protect” pros will choose a simple solid connection.

Calm solid moves. A pressure move then a defensive move. An attack, a defense. Like a wavy ocean or a dance. Go forward, go back. Simple, beautiful, calm.

Let’s see how much we can understand. I am sure my analysis is not perfect, but neither will yours be. We are amateurs. Do not look for answers, look for inspiration. Look how the pros are NOT greedy at all. You will never see a move saying THIS IS ALL MINE! Professionals know that the opponent is entitled to points too.

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