Pure and Simple: Takao's Astute Use of Brute Force

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For Go players who enjoy fighting, there's a tendency to start a fight at every opportunity. However, more experienced players know that it's only worth fighting when it's in their interests to do so. This book teaches you how to play solidly and patiently, removing weaknesses during the course of play and storing up power for later. It also teaches you how to release that power, explosively and at the right time, to take overwhelming profit.

Pure and Simple: Takao's Astute Use of Brute Force

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Thickness is a concept in go that is one of the most difficult to grasp. It is hard to comprehend how a concentration of strength in one area of the board can profoundly affect the status of stones all the way on the other side. Nevertheless, a clear understanding of the nature and operation and thickness is essential to improvement.

Theme positions are presented in this book as illustrating multiple aspects of thickness, and the reader is asked to analyze those situations and choose continuations. Over the course of the following pages, those positions are broken down simply and their components explained so that the essence of thickness can be completely discerned.

Takao Shinji is a new superstar on the go scene and only the sixth player in history to win the prestigious titles of Honinbo-Meijin in the same year. In the final chapter he analyzes the games from the match that gave him the Honinbo title, showing how he used thickness to fine effect in order to emerge victorious.

This book is filled with insights that invite multiple readings. All go players will enjoy it.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorTakao Shinji
TranslatorRobert Terry
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)0.56
Weight (kg)0.25


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