Old: Some comments on the BGJ

If they were downloadable, however, I might go through them. I even skip the championship games, although if I were to play in the challengers I would study contempory british go. But computer files are quick and convenient. I might even go through the kyu commentary games. I'm lucky enough to have access to more material than I have time to study so I would rather play through a pro game than an amateur one.

by Richard Hunter

I would like to have access to computer files of the games. I almost never study on a physical go board. I read books, watch TV games, and study on the computer. I play go at go clubs, but the board at home gathers dust and only comes out when we have visitors. Therefore, I never play out games in the journal. And it's too much trouble to enter the games myself.

If they were downloadable, however, I might go through them. I even skip the championship games, although if I were to play in the challengers I would study contempory british go. But computer files are quick and convenient. I might even go through the kyu commentary games. I'm lucky enough to have access to more material than I have time to study so I would rather play through a pro game than an amateur one.

Articles are mostly readable and I think Charles Matthews, especially, is doing a fine job of providing interesting material, recently. [ Criticism of certain articles deleted. ] I thought if Brian had a good supply of viable alternative material he might stop printing these articles.

I photocopy my own articles from the journal and collect them for reference. I find that much easier than a stack of separate journals, and I can scribble margin notes. Gathering the material into a book was suggested for counting liberties. It involves a lot of effort for the diagrams. I have the computer text, but Brian wasn't keeping diagrams until I asked him to in anticipation of a BGA publication effort. In the end Bozulich remade all the diagrams in the second book of go version (about 240). If someone else wants to do that, fine, but I'll only review and edit it. I prefer to move on.

I wouldn't be interested in viewing diagrams live on the web. I would only download sgf files. Maybe a single diagram like the recent correction you kindly did, which I saved to look at, yes, but doing graphics diagrams for articles sounds dubious to me. I would like the game records as files.

My main reason for writing for the journal was I thought it deserved good material. Brian's hard work improving it led me to write for it and in turn many other people have written good stuff like an avalanche gathering momentum. John Power asked why I didn't put my stuff in go world or a book instead. Actually the quarterly schedule is just right for me producing material. A book would take years to write.

I think the web can usefully supplement the journal but should not in any way be allowed to detract from it. It could carry archive material, current journal game scores, and supplementary material. For example, in the Nakazawa v. Komatsu game for the next journal, I state

"White 52 is necessary. Even if Black were only to get a ko in the corner, that would be unbearable for White. But in fact the post-game analysis concluded that Black can kill the corner unconditionally if White omits 52. I leave that as an exercise for stronger readers."
The answer is included in the variations that I sent you [nsw], but I deliberately omitted it from the journal as irrelevent to the main theme. If readers can view the file it's worth providing such material.
These comments are intended to form material for a discussion in the BGA Discussion Forum.

They originally formed an email from Richard Hunter to Nick Wedd.



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