How to Solve it? - The Tsumego Session


The so-called ’Pólya’s method’ is now the canonical way of teaching mathematical problem solving. We would like to show that the method is not restricted to Math classes. Here we apply the method to solving tsumego problems that are isolated, small scale tactical problems in the ancient board game of Go. This new and unusual topic enables the students to get a wider view of the strategies of problem solving and the cognitive and psychological processes involved can also be easily demonstrated.

Annales Mathematicae et Informaticae, 38 (2011) pp. 137–145