Shuko: The Only Move - Joseki, Fuseki Collection

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Fujisawa Shuko 9 dan was well known for his free thinking and creative approach to the game of Go. He was also highly respected amongst pros for his intuition and whole board vision. In this book, Fujisawa focuses on fuseki (the opening game) and joseki (patterns of play). Reading it will open your mind to new possibilities during the early stages of the game.

Shuko: The Only Move - Joseki, Fuseki Collection

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In his long career, Fujisawa Shuko won a place among the elite of the go world lasting several decades. He is revered today as Honorary Kisei, the highest honor bestowed on a professional player. Few players have won as many prestigious go tournaments as he did.

But in addition, he is one of the most important mentors for younger generations of players who has ever lived. When he was in his prime, he would spend hours analyzing games with the top junior players, passing on precious knowledge that they made use of to carve a place for themselves on the go scene. Shuko Sensei is now retired, but that mission of mentoring youngsters has continued. He even maintains a dormitory attached to his own residence where budding professional players live and study.

This series offers an intimate look at Shuko Sensei's mentoring process. They show how promising players who come from far and wide to study with the master are instructed. The format is one where problem positions are posed to the reader, then, on the following pages the games from which those positions are taken are shown, whereupon Shuko Sensei gives the Only Move. That is typically an off-beat response that the players missed themselves but is essential to take control of the situation.

Innovative moves in the opening are explored in this volume. These are the newest moves in the fuseki or joseki as they are examined by the next generation in the dormitory or played in top competition. Takao Shinji, 10 Dan is one of Shuko Sensei's students who frequently participates in the study sessions. Sakai Hideyuki, an amateur who turned professional is one of many others who also seek out Shuko Sensei's masterful advice. The key word here is imagination and Shuko Sensei never tires of repeating that the essential factor in go is to think in creative ways.

80 problem positions in the book challenge the reader to match wits with Fujisawa Shuko's students. Then Shuko Sensei himself gives the Only Move as the solution. Few players would disagree that the analysis that follows is a triumph of imagination.

This book is Volume 1 of Shuko: The Only Move.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorFujisawa Shuko
TranslatorRobert Terry
SeriesShuko: The Only Move
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)0.53
Weight (kg)0.24


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