Do you ever lose interest in Go?
It does not seem to be uncommon: A person who may spend hours every day playing Go will then stop playing for weeks, months, even years. Of course there are many different reasons why this might happen; it depends on the individual. Sometimes a person might become too busy with other things to play Go, or simply lose interest in the game.
Yet, quite often these players will resume playing one day. Playing Go is like riding a bicycle, it is something you cannot really forget. Sure, your playing ability might decrease a little (or even increase, in some cases), but you still remember the rules and usually retain most, if not all, of the knowledge you had when you left off.
What is it about Go that keeps us coming back to it? The longing to improve at the game? The intellectual challenge? The feeling of finding a brilliant move, only to realize later how terrible it was? There are many different reasons, but I think a key factor is that Go is fun to play. It is amazing how people can dedicate so much time, even their entire lives to this game.
When I started to play Go, I was so fascinated by it. Every day I would play for 2-4 hours (although I did not seem to improve much; I mentioned eariler that I did not pass 20 kyu for 18 months). It is unfortunate that there are only 24 hours in a day. I soon found I did not have time for Go, and for a month or two I stopped playing almost completely. It seems to me now that every month or two I take a little one or two week break from Go. Sometimes this is because I simply “burn out” from having played too much in the past, or I become preoccupied with other priorities. I learned that the important thing is not to regret the time “lost” but to celebrate when you eventually return.
Even if you are among those who consider Go to be one of the most advanced, prestigious games in existence, it is important to remember that Go is still a game. So if you need to take a “break” because of outside factors and priorities such as family, friends, work/school, etc. – please, take a break. Go is a game that has existed for perhaps over 4,000 years, and the board will be waiting for you whenever you return.