A Game Against Myself
Have you ever played a game against yourself? Perhaps it could be beneficial, if not fun. I know many Go players who learned the game in this way; I used to play games against myself when I first learned the rules and had not yet discovered internet Go servers. I decided to try it again last week and it was certainly an interesting experience.
After each move, I would get up and move myself to the other side of the board to get the “other” perspective. I tried to imagine that it was a real game, and that I did not know the other player’s thoughts. I would always ask myself, “what is the best move?” Overall it was a great chance to analyze what my intuition was, and my reading abilities. My only complaint, perhaps, was that the game lacked the unpredictability of real games. Although I did not have a set plan for the overall game, I would often know where the next move would be (but sometimes I surprised myself by thinking about the situation even more, and finding a better move).
Here is the game. “Both sides” made reading mistakes (I think Black really started losing the game around move 87). I was somewhat surprised that White won by 19.5 points, I had predicted that the game would be almost even. I should say once gain that I play as 6-kyu on KGS.
What do you think, does the game seem natural?