Breakthrough Attacking Power: Yamashita Style

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Do you enjoy fighting in Go? Then this is the book for you. The author, Yamashita Keigo 9 dan, is among the most aggressive professional Go players in the world. This book provides commentary and lessons based on Yamashita's games. You can learn the basics of attacking from problem books, but to really capture the essence of it you need to study the games of masters. This book will help you develop your own strong fighting style.

Breakthrough Attacking Power: Yamashita Style

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Everybody loves a good fight. There is nothing better to get the adrenalin pumping and the heart racing. While playing go, it is even more enjoyable than capturing the opponent's stones. In Japan today, perhaps Yamashita Keigo is the most successful attacking player on the go scene. His effectiveness in attacking has brought him to the pinnacle of the go world, winning the Kisei title.

In this book, Yamashita retraces his career from his first forays as a fledgling professional to one of the masterful games that gave him the Kisei title. Over ten chapters, he analyzes these games in detail, starting with highlight scenes that he presents of the games to follow and where he challenges the reader to find the best move. Then he explains the essence of his approach to the game and the key to attacking. The next chapter offers problem positions from 12 memorable games that he played, selected by his teacher, Kikuchi Yasuro, who for many years was one of the top amateur players in Japan. The final chapter contains biographical information and an intimate look at Yamashita's growth and maturity as a go player.

Rather than being a brilliant or flashy player, Yamashita has achieved success through tenacious and indomitable play. That characteristic has served him well and is the kind of thing that can be emulated by anyone. This book gives a complete picture of Yamashita's development and the most notable aspects of his play. Altogether, it is instructive, entertaining, inspiring and informative. It shows how go is currently being played at the highest level and the attacking innovations to be seen there.

"Since the time that I became a professional player, almost 11 years have passed. From the games that I played during that period, I have selected ten of the most memorable for me and recorded my impressions as best I can. Naturally, the theme is 'attacking.' There are many moves that I scoff at as being ones that I would never play as I am today, but on the other hand, I also have to admire the deep and clear reading that I did. The charm of the attack bewitched me and I would be gratified if I can convey the essence of that enjoyment of the attack to the reader. My thought was to weave that kind of idea throughout the text. It would make me happy if the reader were to follow me in the footprints I left over those 11 years by playing out the moves on a go board."

— Yamashita Keigo 9 dan (author)

This book is Volume 7 of the Heart of Go Discovery Series.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorYamashita Keigo
TranslatorRobert Terry
SeriesHeart of Go Discovery Series
PublisherHinoki Press
FormatPrinted book
Delivery MethodShips worldwide from closest available location
Ships FromNorth America, Europe, Australia
Dimensions (in)8.3 x 5.4
Dimensions (cm)21 x 13.7
Made FromPaper
Weight (lbs)0.69
Weight (kg)0.31


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