Catching Scent of Victory

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It's often said that one of the best ways to improve your Go game is replaying the games of top professional players, but it can be confusing and frustrating to start with. This book changes that. In Catching Scent of Victory, O Rissei 9 dan discusses 20 of his own games, clearly explaining what he was thinking at each stage and helping you to develop your own intuition for the game.

Catching Scent of Victory

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What does it take to become Kisei? Naturally, there are many go players who would like to know the secret and this book supplies the answer. It is O Rissei's account of how he captured the Kisei title and it reveals his thoughts as he challenged the best players in the world and overcame them to win the go world's highest title. The key to his win was innovative play in the opening, stubborn persistence in the middle game and precise calculation in the endings. All of these facets are explored in this work.

In Chapter 1, O Rissei presents 16 strategies that he has used to get the advantage in the opening of his games. These are cutting-edge moves that are rarely found in even the most up-to-date joseki dictionaries. Chapter 2 illustrates the continuations and offers the reader a chance to guess at the winning play in a problem format. The surprising thing is that sometimes the answers are so simple that one fails to see them coming. Chapter 3 brings all the elements of the book together in a thorough analysis of six of O Rissei's games played against the best go players in the game today. Again, a problem format gives the reader the chance to match wits with these great talents.

"Catching Scent of Victory" is one of the rare books in the world that delivers more than it promises. It explains how to set the stage in the opening of a game of go so that one has a chance to win, then demonstrates the mechanics of the play and finally shows how events typically develop through the middlegame. But it then goes even farther, to step behind the scenes and recapture the human element of top-level match play. It is a testament to the panorama of O Rissei's go career. An as such, it proclaims that one must always be on the lookout for suspicious moves.

"Considered from that perspective, professional go players say, 'This move smells fishy' or 'Something stinks about this move.' It is no exaggeration to say that the difference in strength between professional players can be attributed to the power to scent out the negative elements in the opponent's moves that coannot be perceived visually"

— O Rissei 9 dan (author)

This book is Volume 2 of the Heart of Go Discovery Series.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorO Rissei
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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