Perceiving the Direction of Play

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Do you ever feel confused about where to play in the opening or middle game of Go? If so, you're not alone. We all know that we should try to make our stones work together efficiently, but that's easier said than done. This book will teach you fundamental principles and ways of thinking so that you can find good moves consistently.

Perceiving the Direction of Play

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Book Description:

Determining the direction of play is a critical component of the game of go. If one does not understand the key factors that affect the upcoming flow of play one can easily flounder in the variations that develop. It can turn into a nightmare for beginners and experts alike.

Kobayashi Satoru 9 dan is a former Kisei titleholder and an acknowledged master of positional play. He presents situations for the reader to analyze and then breaks down the relevant components to explain matters in an easily understood manner.

All of the positions are taken from actual games. In Chapter 1 he uses those of the earliest Japanese masters to illustrate the fundamentals of finding the direction of play while offering a fascinating account of the evolution of the art and how those players of the 16th century groped to come up with lucid theories about it. In subsequent chapters Kobayashi 9 dan uses his own games as examples for problem positions to examine the direction of play in joseki, the fuseki (opening) and in fighting.

"In the present work, I have focused on the 'direction of play of the stones'. Particularly in the opening, that is the starting point for coming up with ideas for determining the direction of play for the stones. I have taken positions from actual games that I have played, and reflecting fully on what happened, have analyzed them here. While understanding that there are many parts where fundamental principles are not thoroughly worked out, the theme of this book is cultivating perception through actual examples."

— Kobayashi Satoru 9 dan (author)

This book is Volume 1 of the Heart of Go Discovery Series.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorKobayashi Satoru
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)0.57
Weight (kg)0.26


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