How To Study On Diagrams
I'm a beginner and when I'm trying to study on diagrams, I take my stones and put on the goban. But the problem is that i take many time to put the stones, watching the numbers,... And I can't study easily. When I have finished to put the stones, I can't remember what's the sequence. That's very boring.
I want to know how do you study on diagrams, maybe I don't have to use a goban. I have try to read the sequence in my head but almost impossible for me.
Incarlight: My method in the beginning was to look closely at the position after each move. Cutting points anywhere? Do the stones look weak or strong? Where would I play next? And if my move looked better to me than the next move in the diagram, I tried a few sequences, looking for the same things. Cutting points, weakness, strength. And in whole board positions I tried to see if I could spot any potential ladders and/or obvious cutting points. I feel that trying sequences for real on a board made it easier to start reading in the head later.
Chrisd: When there are a lot of moves in a diagram in a book, it indeed becomes problematic to follow and in such cases I use an SGF-editor. First I input all the moves in it and then I can walk through the moves in any order or tempo I like. For the sequences shown on Sensei you can configure your browser such that a click on a diagram opens your SGF-editor and then you can walk through the move sequence easily. Isn't it great ;-).
Calvin: An SGF editor helps, but first of all, I wouldn't consider this a beginner pattern. This appears to come from a comment in the Stretch As Good Shape page. Although some parts of that page may be appropriate for beginners, some of the comments by stronger players can be hard to follow until you have a certain amount of reading experience and ability.
BarkOfDelight: I too find reading diagrams in books to be very difficult. The problem is that the board looks very different with all the stones on it than it does as the stones arrive one at a time. Some books might have 10, 20 moves in one diagram. I find that I quickly tire of the process and my eyes start glazing over. I'd prefer it if these books had more diagrams with fewer moves in each. Maybe I will one day get good at following these diagrams, but it hasn't happened yet.
decHunger: Reading the progress of a game from a diagram isn't easy for a beginner and it takes practice. But if the play have a logic accessible to the one that reads the diagram the game can be easly reproduced. So follow the logic. Don't try to memorize, try to understand.