Dominik studied in China together with Stanislaw, Oscar, Anton, Gabriel and me. These are one of the first tournaments he plays after he came back from China, so it is exciting to also have his commentary on his games against Pavol and Lukas which you can find below.
In one of his games he shows a new move in an old joseki suggested by AI.
Additionally we also have an interview with him, which I hope you all like!
Q: How did you start playing Go?
A: My father showed me the game when i was nine.
Q: What are the benefits of playing Go in your opinion?
A: It improves many skills, concentration skill for example. Outside of this, it is teaching you to be patient, to not be greedy, while still aiming for the best possibility which works, and these are things you can apply in your life outside of go.
Q: What is your playing style?
A: I like to play many different style, because it is a super interesting adventure to explore go, but when it comes to games where i really want to win, i like to have solid cash and solid thickness, so the game will be more predictable.
Q: What is your biggest change in your strategical conceptions in last months or years?
A: I understood that if i want to win i have to lead my games in the direction i have the biggest chance to win and do it consciously from the very first move and not just play what feels like. I also understood that weak groups can actually attack and kill strong looking groups.
Q: What should one do to improve in your opinion?
A: Work specifically on your weakness. Play a lot of games where your brain activity, your concentration level is high.
Q: Would you recommend studying joseki, if yes, then how?
A: Definitely yes, for first because it will help you understand the fundamentals of go, josekis are even which means that they are built of the best, most severe moves that are not yet an overplay. And this is what you always have to look for in go. Furthermore study specifically the few josekis that you play a lot in your games.
Q: What is the importance of tsumego in your opinion?
A: Knowing tsumego shapes from heart is very important, so you can simply memorize the solution of the real-life shape tsumegos. You can also solve tsumego to improve your reading, but if you did it a lot, then its time to study in a different way, as i said, always work on your weakness.
Q: You studied in China last year, what effect it had on your strength?
A: Its hard to tell, but i guess it didn’t make me weaker. In the first half of 2018 i understood some new things about go, so it was nice to have some real-life opponents for a few months to practice with my new ideas i learnt before China. Its a pity that even in China i only had something like 3 and a half hours of playing go per day in average. I would like to have 8-9 hours in average.
Q: Do you want to become professional, if yes, why?
A: Yes, i do. Hard to tell why, it is an ultimate dream of many people, me too. For first if you are a pro, you can have chances to play on pro tournaments against Asian pros, which is very nice and interesting. I am very strongly committed to go, in every way, so i just feel like i meant to be a professional. Of course it is very hard to win the pro qualification, but i think we really need a new system for it, a much more serious system with one PQ consisting of 3 long tournaments. In the present knockout system with one short tournament it is a little bit random who will become a pro, which is not good.
Q: What possibilities being professional gives to you and to other people?
A: As i said, playing pro tournaments, which very nice. Furthermore, i think once you are a pro, you can have more influence on people, the system, everything.
Q: Do you have a favorite professional player/s?
A: Takemiya Masaki and Ishida Yoshio. Both of them are playing in a beautifully artistic and esthetic way, doing it at a very high level.
Q: You wanted to gather together strong players to study Go, can you tell us more about it?
A: Yes i do. What i see is that the lack of money is always a big problem in go, not only in this case, but also in globally popularizing go in european countries. By now i lost my naivety, go needs money, so i will try to act accordingly… In long term i want to create the european Real-Life Paradise of Go.
Q: Worrying about winning or losing in tournaments might often reduce the joy of Go, how do you handle that?
A: On tournaments if i really want to win, and i should, then i cannot really care about enjoying the game itself, i can enjoy the intensity of the tournament instead. The games i enjoy the most are the games where i don’t care about winning in the fuseki, but start caring once the fuseki is over.
Q: What are your views on Go development in Europe?
A: For first, it is great that now we have a pro system, it is a key to develop and popularize go in Europe. On the other hand there are tons of misunderstandings and wrong ideas being present that are harmful, and these need to be changed.
Q: What is your philosophy on Go?
For me Go is an endless adventure, a sport with a scientifical taste, and most importantly, Go is art.
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