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Visualize go this way, make it 30 times easier to count
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Author:  WriterJon [ Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Visualize go this way, make it 30 times easier to count

If it actually is easier to count squares, can that be adapted to regular play? Is it easier to treat each point as belonging to the square on its South-West side and counting accordingly?

Does someone who can already do regular counting with any kind of efficiency want to test this?

Author:  justtysen [ Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Visualize go this way, make it 30 times easier to count

I was modifying my homemade go board when something happened that made me think of this thread. I was sanding the board to remove the engraved lines because I started using thinner stones and their edges would catch on the engraving when using the te-tsuki technique of snapping a stone against an established palm-ward stone. During the process I tended to sand off parts of the lines between intersections more than the intersections themselves. In this state I could still see the overall grid pattern but each point stood out more as a discrete location. It is my impression that this method produces a similar boon to counting as using square stones while introducing less visual clutter. Taking this idea further the board could be reduced to dots but I think using crosses is probably the most balanced approach and the length of the gaps can be gradually adjusted to train the eyes to see this pattern on a regular board. I didn't leave the board in that state, instead adding flush, drawn on lines as usual but I think it might be a worthwhile idea for those interested.

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Author:  Maharani [ Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Visualize go this way, make it 30 times easier to count

Very cool! :)

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