Otake's Secrets of Strategy

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Have you ever wondered whether famous strategy books like 'The Art of War' could be applied to Go? Well that's exactly what Otake Hideo 9 dan does in this book. He starts by illustrating 10 fundamental strategic principles which have broader applications than just Go. Then, in a series of amateur and professional game reviews, he shows you how use those principles to devise your strategy and how to apply them to your own games.

Otake's Secrets of Strategy

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Otake Hideo is one of the most respected figures in the go world today. At the height of his powers, he was second to none in terms of strength, battling other legendary players such as Sakata Eio, Rin Kaiho and Fujisawa Shuko for supremacy. At the same time, he was a revered elder colleague for other students of the Kitani Dojo, that school that groomed future champions like Cho Chikun, Kobayashi Koichi, Kato Masao and Takemiya Masaki. All of these players looked up to Otake and gained much from his mentoring.

In this work, Otake does the same for amateur go players. He examines amateur games and looks over the players' shoulders to give advice about typical mistakes that regularly appear there. Since the strengths of the players is so close to the average players's, all amateurs will recognize aspects of their own play that Otake strives to point out. That is one of the keys to improvement.

But Otake does not stop there. He ranges far and wide throughout go history to explain tried and true strategies in the game of go, demonstrating his erudition at the same time. From ancient China to classical go in Japan to masterpieces Otake himself has played, the reader is treated to that rarest of all material: the kind where one learns effortlessly while finding the experience thoroughly pleasurable.

"For quite some time I have recommended that one enjoy the game of go by creating one's own creative ploys to play. If one keeps this kind of thing in mind while playing, it will become even more enjoyable. And then, if one becomes strong, it will become still more enjoyable."

— Otake Hideo 9 dan (author)

This book is Volume 3 of the Heart of Go Discovery Series.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorOtake Hideo
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)0.64
Weight (kg)0.29


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