Score Estimation: Quick and Meaningful

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How to set up your inner score estimation tool

Score estimation and quick counting seems like a magical ability given to strong players. And yet at closer inspection it is nothing else but a skill that can be trained and perfected. And what a skill it is! Once it’s available to you, real-game applications are endless! Knowing the score informs you how many points you need to make in a given area, what strategy to choose and makes you a more flexible and versatile player. But first things first. In this mini-course you will learn some techniques, tricks and shortcuts to efficient score estimation.

Suitable for: 9k–2d. It’s never too late to learn this skill.


Stanisław Frejlak 1p

Professional Go Player from Poland.

Trial Lesson
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Course Includes

4 Lessons
5 Quizzes
~ 50 min


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Posted 2 days ago

A bit confusing in presentation but still interesting

Posted 1 week ago

The course on ko (also by Stanislaw) was easy to follow and referred to this one, creating the idea that this course was meant as an unofficial precursor to that one. During most quizzes I felt entirely out of my depth based on the provided videos, as a result, this is the first course to frustrate me and it made regret having bought the course.

Posted 4 weeks ago

There are definitely things in this course I hadn't thought about before. Accurate estimations at key stages of the game means you can constantly adjust your strategy to the changing board position and stay ahead of your opponent. I haven't started the Ko course yet, but I feel that it should be combined with this course, as the two topics seem to go well together.

Posted 3 months ago

It's very clear and helpful!

Posted 3 months ago

Short but very useful and high quality Course! thanks! please more from Stanislaw 🙂

Posted 3 months ago

Very useful course. It would deserve a five star if it has more problems

Posted 4 months ago


Posted 4 months ago

A good and comprehensive course. Staś made a clear and simple explanation for each level players, emphasizing the value a proper territory count can give you to secure your winning game, or to show when is a good time to invade.

Posted 4 months ago

This was very helpful for me,thank you.

Posted 4 months ago

This is a great course which offers important insights on how and why to count. I actually felt that the part about making decisions after counting could be expanded to more lessons and that's content that I would very much like to see.

Posted 6 months ago

This course made me respect and value score estimation much more than before. I confess I still struggle to do it, but I am better at it than before. Fundamentally now I see myself actually trying to estimate the score during the game, while in the past I would just do at most a visual comparison. However, I am still not able to do a precise estimation, and sometimes my estimations are wrong.

Posted 8 months ago

counting. took this course cause i vaguely do it using Chinese rules. Given that the West plays JPN&AGA, I decided to check it out to reinforce JPN scoring. Basic concepts but it was a decent time scoring pro games. Not sure it has as much replay value as other courses, and one could easily pull up random games and practice counting, but I'll support the site w/a purchase and Stanis's guidance.

Posted 9 months ago

This was a very helpful course. I feel like I should have watched it earlier in my membership at Go Magic. Counting is something I've never done during a game. This could partially explain why I am consistently surviving, but still losing. I will have to start practicing this technique in the immediate future. Thanks for the helpful resource.

Posted 9 months ago

Güzel anlatım için teşekkürler.

Posted 9 months ago

Counting is an indispensable but invisible skill. It's not flashy like a tesuji or in depth reading of a capturing race, but it's the vital overall assessment of score that leads to these flashy techniques. The power of tesuji and reading are underpinned by counting the score. This course makes it easier to examine messy territories as well as clearly laying out why you should. 5 out of 5 from me!

Posted 11 months ago

Very useful course !

Posted 11 months ago

I had a couple of laughs and learned a new way to hurt my brain while hurting my brain ^^ But seriously, enjoyable, understandable, and I think it's going to be valuable for a less stressful approach of the game. More stability, less war? Or know when to fold I suppose ^^

Posted 11 months ago

Very well explained tips for a very hard task in Go, expecially for DDKs

Posted 12 months ago

The course is good, but it's definitely too pricey and rated too high. This should be 2/3 instead of Expert level (3/4). I'm not sure I would recommend this course to anyone above 2kyu because I feel that by that time everyone with that rating has already heard 1000 times these concepts and is already developing their style of estimation/counting. Well made by Stas, but not correctly evaluated.

Posted 1 year ago

Interesting course. It’s definitely worth learning to count. I didn’t get a single answer right in the final quiz even though Stanislaw explains it very well. So I’m going to practice this more. However I’m not sure if this course is long and deep enough to be a magic level course.

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