Nordic Go Academy has a new teacher, Miao (aka Lukas Krämer 6d)

Lukas Kraemer

This is Miao (Lukas Krämer,) new teacher!

We are very happy to introduce you our new teacher, Miao. Of course, he is also known as Lukas Krämer (also written as Kraemer.) He is an EGF 6d, and current German Champion. He will start reviewing Nordic Go Academy games and giving NGA lectures soon. To let us know him a little better beforehand, we have asked him a few questions.

Q: Why did you start playing go? Did you manage to convince some friends to try it?

A: I started at the age of 13 or 14. Throughout my career I did manage to convince some friends, but I never tried very hard to do so.

Q: Looking back, if you could travel through time and meet your younger 15k, 8k and 1d selves, what would you recommend to them for faster improvement?

A to 15k:

  • Most important: – play a lot of games – don’t get too demotivated by losing a game 
  • Try to learn from your games technically: – learn first basic shapes (like L-shape in the corner or snapback)
  • Learn the first josekis and invasions (like the 3-3 invasion on Hoshi) 
  • Concentrate and try to read as much as possible throughout the game 
  • Review briefly

A to 8k:

  • Play frequently 
  • Review. Specially think about your over- and underplays
  • Find one opening that you want to master as black 
  • Watch high dan games online, if you have time, and ask questions to stronger players 
  • Refine your joseki knowledge whenever something unexpected happens in your games

A to 1d:

  • Technically: 
    • Review deeply 
    • Observe professional games and kifus 
    • Play serious games and visit tournaments if possible 
    • If you don’t understand something, do some research on it and ask other players
  • In the game: 
    • Try to play balanced and not be the first to overplay 
    • Assess the game situation (where do I need to defend, who is leading, what are the next big points)

Q: Why you decided to join the NGA as a teacher?

A: I always enjoyed teaching and I am convinced teaching others forces the teacher to become even more clear about his own Go. NGA gave me the opportunity to teach on a bigger scale and more frequently than I used to, so that’s a good thing for me.

Finally I also feel some connection to the nordic Go community as I have known Jeff since I was about 6k on KGS and Namii since I was about 2d. Naturally I met a lot of other Northern players and became friends with some of you which gives me a good feeling about the project.

Q: What is your teaching focus? What have you found most lacking in your previous students?

A: In general the teaching focus of a teacher is individually different, depending on the student’s weaknesses and limited by the teachers own understanding and strong parts.

In my past teaching experience I changed my teaching focus several times. I have observed that the fastest improvement for most of my single digit kyu students has been when I taught them opening. To me, the opening is the part of the game that is easiest to explain, as Go is about the relation of stones to each other. The further the game proceeds the more stones have relation to each other. Thus the game becomes more complex and the explanations more difficult and sometimes too vague.

Also the opening has more or less fixed patterns. Understanding these helps you also to understand other aspects of the game, at least in the long term. Even though my emphasis might be on the opening it is (at most) half of the deal, reviewing whole games is most important to give the student frequent feedback about all kind of mistakes.

Q: Anything else you would like to add to your future NGA students?
A: I am very happy to join the Nordic Go Academy and hope we can have a good learning experience together. Let’s work on it together :) !

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