Project Dan

Start before you’re ready.—Steven Pressfield

Copyright: alexzeer / 123RF Stock Photo
Copyright: alexzeer / 123RF Stock Photo

This page serves as a record of Project Dan, my one-year push achieve the rank of 1-dan.

Whether I succeed or fail, I will not know my true capabilities unless I make this attempt. That is why it must be done.

The training regimen is rigorous. Each day I will attend virtual baduk school with Guo Juan and complete her training problems. During my downtime and commutes, I will practice tsumego and study baduk theory. I will also play one serious game per day and review my performance.

As Project Dan proceeds, I will provide updates here on what I’m learning and how this is affecting my training. I will also capture daily progress using the table below. I will also make the template available.

Another reason to do this: While the AlphaGo-Lee Sedol series has led to new public interest in baduk, it has also raised questions about its professional viability. The baduk community’s anxieties in this regard are real, but I do not think AlphaGo has rendered humans useless.  Instead I think there is a grand opportunity to share baduk with a new generation of players who may have been introduced to the game by recent events.

Even casual players understand that there is something different about baduk as compared with other games, something that makes the effort of learning worthwhile. Whether one considers the game’s putative character benefits or its appeal simply as a competitive endeavor, learning baduk builds up both the person and the community. I want to foster that growth, and I hope I am not alone.

What I’m Studying

The lists below contain links to the media I am using for Project Dan. There are two categories: The first is theory, which aims at building fundamentals and developing an appreciation for the strategic dimensions of baduk. The second is life & death problems (tsumego), which serve as a more practical exercise. Tsumego focus on tactics, critical points, and (most importantly) develop reading ability.

Baduk Theory

  1. Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go
  2. Fundamental Principles of Go
  3. The Breakthrough to Shodan
  4. Attack and Defense
  5. Dwyrin’s Back to Basics 01 – Fundamental Play
  6. Dwyrin’s Back to Basics 02 – Dan Level Basics
  7. Dwyrin’s About Direction of Play
  8. Bats Go Lecture – Top Things Kyus Should Stop Doing!
  9. The Direction of Play
  10. Life & Death
  11. Tesuji

Life & Death

  1. Graded Go Problems For Beginners 3
  2. Graded Go Problems For Beginners 4
  3. Graded Go Problems For Beginners 1
  4. Graded Go Problems For Beginners 2
  5. Jump Level Up! 1
  6. Jump Level Up! 2

Daily Log

Project Day Date Rank IGS Training Baduk Theory Life & Death Game Result Game Ending Game Record
001 2016-03-15 13 kyu Basics: 06A 1 1 Loss B+3.5 https://online-go.com/review/120257
002 2016-03-16 13 kyu Basics: 06B 1 1 Win W+21.5 https://online-go.com/review/120267
003 2016-03-17 13 kyu Basics: 06C 1 1 Win W+35.5 https://online-go.com/review/121645
004 2016-03-18 12 kyu Basics: 07A 1 1 Win W+0.5 https://online-go.com/review/122015
005 2016-03-19 12 kyu Basics: 07B 1 1 Win B+30.5 https://online-go.com/review/123278
006 2016-03-20 11 kyu Basics: 07C 1 1 Win W+2.5 https://online-go.com/review/123852
007 2016-03-21 11 kyu Basics: 08A 1 1 Win W+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/125371
008 2016-03-22 12 kyu Basics: 08B 2 1 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/125368 
009 2016-03-23 13 kyu Basics: 08C 2 1 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/126148
010 2016-03-24 12 kyu Basics: 12A 2 1 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/126605
011 2016-03-25 12 kyu Basics: 09A 2 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/127094
012 2016-03-26 EASTER HOLIDAY BREAK
013 2016-03-27 EASTER HOLIDAY BREAK
014 2016-03-28 12 kyu Basics: 09B 2 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/129086
015 2016-03-29 12 kyu Basics: 09C 2 2 Win B+1.5 https://online-go.com/review/129699
016 2016-03-30 11 kyu Josekis: 01 3 2 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/130466
017 2016-03-31 11 kyu Basics: 10A 3 2 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/130885 
018 2016-04-01 12 kyu Basics: 10B 3 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/131265
019 2016-04-02 12 kyu Basics: 10C Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/132448
020 2016-04-03 11 kyu Basics: 11A Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/133017 
021 2016-04-04 11 kyu Basics: 11B Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/api/v1/reviews/133261/sgf
022 2016-04-05 11 kyu Basics: 11C 3 2 Win W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/133540
023 2016-04-06 11 kyu Basics: 12B 3 2 Win W+Resign https://online-go.com/game/view/4771687
024 2016-04-07 11 kyu Common Opening: 01 2 2 Win W+12.5 https://online-go.com/review/134707
025 2016-04-08 10 kyu Josekis: 02 2 2 Win B+8.5 https://online-go.com/review/135136
026 2016-04-09 11 kyu Josekis: 03 2 2 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/135510 
027 2016-04-10 11 kyu Josekis: 04 2 2 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/136573
028 2016-04-11 10 kyu Josekis: 05 2 2 Win W+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/136566
029 2016-04-12 11 kyu Josekis: 06 4 2 Loss W+11.5 https://online-go.com/review/137142
030 2016-04-13 11 kyu Josekis: 07 4 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/137582
031 2016-04-14 11 kyu Josekis: 08 4 2 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/game/4879513
032 2016-04-15 11 kyu Josekis: 09 4 2 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/138313
033 2016-04-16 12 kyu Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/138875
034 2016-04-17 DAY OFF
035 2016-04-18 11 kyu 5 Win B+23.5 https://online-go.com/review/139767 
036 2016-04-19 11 kyu 6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/139962
037 2016-04-20 11 kyu Approaching Corners: 01 Win B+17.5 https://online-go.com/review/140812
038 2016-04-21 11 kyu 7 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/game/4979380
039 2016-04-22 11 kyu Win B+9.5 https://online-go.com/review/143221
040 2016-04-23 11 kyu Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/141690
041 2016-04-24 DAY OFF
042 2016-04-25 10 kyu Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/142480
043 2016-04-26 10 kyu Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/143220 
044 2016-04-27 10 kyu Approaching Corners: 02 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/143422
045 2016-04-28 10 kyu Approaching Corners: 02 2 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/144813
046 2016-04-29 10 kyu Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/144162
047 2016-04-30 11 kyu Loss W+19.5 https://online-go.com/review/144809
048 2016-05-01 DAY OFF
049 2016-05-02 11 kyu Josekis: 10 5 2 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/145259
050 2016-05-03 12 kyu Approaching Corners: 02 8 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/145745
051 2016-05-04 11 kyu Approaching Corners: 03 9 2 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/146083
052 2016-05-05 11 kyu Basics: 13A 9 2 Win B+3.5 https://online-go.com/review/146637
053 2016-05-06 11 kyu Josekis: 10A 9 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/147021
054 2016-05-07 DAY OFF
055 2016-05-08 DAY OFF
056 2016-05-09 11 kyu Josekis: 11 9 2 Win W+Resign Club Play @ NOVA Go Club
057 2016-05-10 10 kyu Pincers: 01 9 2 Win W+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/148617
058 2016-05-11 11 kyu Basic Course: 15 9 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/148922
059 2016-05-12 11 kyu Basic Course: 15 9 2 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/149964
060 2016-05-13 11 kyu Basic Course: 15 9 3 Win B+37.5 https://online-go.com/review/149967
061 2016-05-14 DAY OFF
062 2016-05-15 DAY OFF
063 2016-05-16 11 kyu Basic Course: 15 9 4 Win  B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/150612
064 2016-05-17 11 kyu Basic Course: 15 9 4 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/151028
065 2016-05-18 11 kyu Basic Shapes: 01 10 4 Win B+4.5 https://online-go.com/review/151281
066 2016-05-19 10 kyu Basic Shapes: 02 10 4 Loss W+26.5 https://online-go.com/review/151612
067 2016-05-20 10 kyu Basic Shapes: 02 10 4 Win B+2.5 https://online-go.com/review/151973
068 2016-05-21 DAY OFF
069 2016-05-22 DAY OFF
070 2016-05-23 10 kyu Basic Shapes: 03 10 4 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/153040
071 2016-05-24 9 kyu Basic Shapes: 04 10 4 Win B+53.5 https://online-go.com/review/153415
072 2016-05-25 11 kyu Basic Shapes: 05 10 4 Loss W+5.5 https://online-go.com/review/153717
073 2016-05-26 10 kyu Basic Shapes: 05 4 5 Win B+30.5 https://online-go.com/review/154112
074 2016-05-27 10 kyu Basic Shapes: 05 4 5 Win W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/154472
075 2016-05-28 DAY OFF
076 2016-05-29 DAY OFF
077 2016-05-30 DAY OFF
078 2016-05-31 11 kyu Nothing. 4 5 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/156056
079 2016-06-01 11 kyu Did tsumego, didn’t play. Too discouraged.
080 2016-06-02 12 kyu None today. Nothing. Nothing. Loss W+13.5 https://online-go.com/review/156709
081 2016-06-03 12 kyu  4 5 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/156995
082 2016-06-04 DAY OFF
083 2016-06-05 DAY OFF
084 2016-06-06 11 kyu 4 5 Win W+8.5 https://online-go.com/review/158052
085 2016-06-07 11 kyu 4 5 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/158421
086 2016-06-08 11 kyu 4 5 Win B+26.5 https://online-go.com/review/158769
087 2016-06-09 10 kyu 5 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/159277
088 2016-06-10 10 kyu 5 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/159427
089 2016-06-11 DAY OFF
090 2016-06-12 DAY OFF
091 2016-06-13 10 kyu 6 Win W+0.5 https://online-go.com/review/160298
092 2016-06-14 10 kyu 6 Win B+40.5 https://online-go.com/review/160669
093 2016-06-15 11 kyu 6 Loss B+9.5 https://online-go.com/review/161025
094 2016-06-16 11 kyu 6 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/162897 
095 2016-06-17 10 kyu 6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/162898
096 2016-06-18 DAY OFF
097 2016-06-19 DAY OFF
098 2016-06-20 10 kyu 6 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/162625
099 2016-06-21 10 kyu 6 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/162959
100 2016-06-22 10 kyu 4 6 Win W+5.5 https://online-go.com/review/163280
101 2016-06-23 9 kyu 4 6 Win W+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/163598
102 2016-06-24 9 kyu 4 6 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/163860
103 2016-06-25 DAY OFF
104 2016-06-26 DAY OFF
105 2016-06-27 9 kyu 4  6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/164791
106 2016-06-28 9 kyu 4  6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/165141
107 2016-06-29 9 kyu  6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/166035
108 2016-06-30 9 kyu  6 Win B+14.5 https://online-go.com/review/167478
109 2016-07-01 9 kyu  6 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/167137
110 2016-07-02 DAY OFF
111 2016-07-03 DAY OFF
112 2016-07-04 DAY OFF
113 2016-07-05 9 kyu 6 Win W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/167481
114 2016-07-06 9 kyu
115 2016-07-07 9 kyu Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/167739
116 2016-07-08 9 kyu Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/168034
118 2016-07-09 DAY OFF
118 2016-07-10 DAY OFF
119 2016-07-11 9 kyu Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/169008
120 2016-07-12 9 kyu No game b/c of work
121 2016-07-13 9 kyu No game b/c of work
122 2016-07-14 9 kyu 11 1 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/170862
123 2016-07-15 9 kyu 11 1 Loss W+Resign Pick-up game in person w/ friend
124 2016-07-16 DAY OFF
125 2016-07-17 DAY OFF
126 2016-07-18 9 kyu 11 1 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/171234
127 2016-07-19 9 kyu Basics: 13B 11 1 Loss W+33.5 https://online-go.com/review/171222
128 2016-07-20 9 kyu Basics: 14A 11 1 Win B+Timeout https://online-go.com/review/171497
129 2016-07-21 9 kyu Basics: 14B 11 1 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/172778
130 2016-07-22 10 kyu Typical Mistakes 10k-1d: 01 11 1 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/171877
131 2016-07-23 DAY OFF
132 2016-07-24 DAY OFF
133 2016-07-25 10 kyu Typical Mistakes 10k-1d: 02 11 1  Win W+70.5 https://online-go.com/review/173871
134 2016-07-26 10 kyu Typical Mistakes 20k-10k: 01 11 1 Loss B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/173082
135 2016-07-27 10 kyu 11 1 Loss W+Resign https://online-go.com/review/173872
136 2016-07-28 10 kyu 11 1 Loss W+8.5 https://online-go.com/review/173873
137 2016-07-29 9 kyu 11 1 Win B+Resign https://online-go.com/review/173912
138 2016-07-30
139 2016-07-31