Ok, although i find it really hard to write in english ... i will give it a try now.
As a comment to my previous post "on hunting gnus part 1." Nate wrote:
"Do you feel like it's useful to play Gnu in terms of developing your game against other humans? I've worried that the way it plays Go might be too dissimilar to be helpful. "
I don`t know. A Go-Teacher once told me: "Don`t play too much against bots ... because the game of Go is about `comparing ideas`and when you are playing against a bot you can`t really speak about `ideas`."
I agree with that - although we could start a phlisophical debate here by comparing our mind with a computer ... anyway ... until there is no artificial intelligence developed in fact the difference is that the mind can activly create ideas, software can only do exactly what it is told before.
A person can made exactly the same moves as a bot ... and i think EVERY VARIATION of the game of Go has in a way it`s justification ... a bot has to play on one of these 361 points ... soooo ... whoever is playing against you ... a bot a 25 Kyu , a 3 Dan or a Pro ... it will still be GO - another game out of the almost endless libary of possible games.
But ... that is very theoretically ... i think you are right Nate ... perhaps when you play too much against Gnugo you will be vulnerable to those kind of moves wich GnuGo never plays ...
BUT this is also true the other way round ... i think even if you are stronger than GnuGo (let me say 8 kyu on kgs) sometimes you don`t see some simple things like a sure possibility to cut of a group or a nice tesuji ... What i like when i play against GnuGo is that it teaches me to avoid some simple faults! (and of course perhaps i get used to new bab habbits meanwhile ... :-)
SO , one thing is : i like that gnugo punishes quite reliable some stupid habits.
But another thing is, Gnugo is allways available and play very very fast ... i can adjourn the game at any time and i can think as long as i want ...
AND ... i don`t have to feel very shamefull when i played very very fast and made some silly mistakes ... i can play a lot of games in a short time ... overcomming some for me typically faults i make in the openning, endgame and fighting.
AND ... one of the main things ... if i like i can use the fuseki and joseki-database of smartgo , and the "score estimate" function , so i can see quite good after 50 moves if my opening is sucessfull....
i would never use this features WHILE i play online against other people ...
So, i`m sure that it is not a waste of time to play against bots ... not too often , but sometimes it is ok ... and perhaps from time to time you can learn some basics better than with another person who is not that 100% sure about these basics as well.