Teaching Game

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Chinese: 指导棋 (zhi2 dao3 qi2)
Japanese: 指導碁 (shidō-go) [1]
Korean: 지도국

A teaching game is a game in which the stronger player teaches the weaker player. Usually their relationship is one of teacher (sensei) and pupil (deshi). The game can be played with full, reduced, or no handicap. The pupil may or may not retake his move. The teacher may or may not give hints as to where to play. The teacher will usually play so as to create instructive situations on the board. The game may or may not be terminated before it is completed.

Teaching game cost

A teaching game is considered to be a generosity on the part of the teacher. Honinbo Jowa only played Shusaku twice. Currently, like many things of honour, a teaching game is measured in money. Online teaching games are available: see teacher.

In the 80's a teaching game with a 9p (one on one) at the Yaesu branch of the Nihon Kiin (next to Tokyo Station) cost 10,000 or 11,000 yen which was less than 100 USD. A much more normal experience is playing a lower or middle rank pro in a club. He or she will be playing 3 or 4 games simultaneously and the cost will be around 2500 to 4500 JPYen depending on their rank and the arrangement with the club.

Teaching games at SL

Some teaching games played on Sensei's Library are here:

See also


[1] In Japanese, it is called shido-go (指導碁 shidō-go) (source: Hikaru no Go), See Teaching game/linguistics.


Teaching Game last edited by 98.201.105.218 on February 19, 2012 - 18:20
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