Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome Back?

Hey all,

It was been a long time, hasn't it? Checking back at this blog, it has almost been 3 years since my last post. So here comes the important question: have I given up on Shogi?

I'm sure most of you all might not believe me, but Shogi has always been on my mind. As much as I hate saying this, other things have occupied in my life that I couldn't dedicate much of my time in Shogi. Ever since my graduation in Melbourne, I've returned back to my hometown in Brunei Darussalam to pursue my career. Meanwhile, I've also taken up a new hobby in learning piano and other various activities.

Despite all these, it certainly has not stopped me from playing Shogi with computer AI and practicing tsume Shogi from time to time. Still, sometimes I just feel sad that there are no strong Shogi players that I can have a game or two in Brunei.

Now that I'm pretty much stable in my career and my life, I would like to once again be active in Shogi, a mind game that I greatly respect and adore when I first learned about it.

Reflecting on my performance and skills, I came to a realization that I'm more of an all-rounder player. I guess it's time for me to start focusing on one type of playstyle and start polishing my skills. And to that, I will start dedicating my time to study central rook Joseki (nakabisha).

Why Nakabisha? I've always been highly interested in specializing in Nakabisha when I first started Shogi, but never really had the chance to spend enough time on it.

It will definitely be a great challenge, but I'm sure I'll enjoy every moment of learning it. Afterall, I really love Shogi.

Thanks for reading, and although I won't be updating too regularly, but my love for Shogi will never waver.

See you guys around and I'll try to update more often!

Ryou Takehito

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