Haphazard Review: The Unfortunate Ko

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In the game of Go, a mistake can appear out of nowhere. Just when one thinks the game is over, a misplaced stone can turn the win into a defeat or an easy win into an all-or-nothing ko fight. Continue reading

See the Power of the Stones: Takeo Kajiwara’s Direction of Play

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Introduction

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee

I once read somewhere that reading 100 Go books once is inferior to reading one Go book 100 times. Like in martial arts, Go requires different skills before one can become formidable in the game. We players of this complex game can train and enhance our knowledge by reading books. Hopefully, the knowledge we consume will manifest into a skill that, hopefully, we can use in our matches. However, training one skill 1,000 times may not be sufficient to compensate the lack of training in other skills.

The best reply I read about the parable of one Go book read a 100 times is that reading ten books ten times each might be better. I agree on this proposition.

I believe that the principles of Go are as simple as its rules. The necessary skills needed in Go can be distilled in only 10 (or even less) skills, but that is for another article.

If I were asked what are the ten books I will read ten times, or even 100 times, Takeo Kajiwara‘s Direction of Play will be in my list. Continue reading

Dragon Killer Series: Death of the One-Eyed Dragon

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In this edition of the Dragon Killer Series, Brown Stone discusses the power of direction of play and the power of stones in developing the Apex and creating advantage during middle game fighting. A failed attack during the early middle game resulted to sufficient strength for a late middle game kill of a one-eyed dragon.

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Joseki Talkie with Bamboo and Yunzi

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Joseki Talkie with Bamboo and Yunzi 4: Bamboo approaches Yunzi’s 4-4 stone. Yunzi plays one-space pincer. Bamboo is happy to take corner profit and sente. Yunzi is satisfied with the influence towards the sides and center. Continue reading