A Compendium of Trick Plays (Wei Qi, Weiqi, Baduk, Paduk, Igo)
A Compendium of Trick Plays -
The Nihon Kiin - Item PAY02
In this unique anthology, the reader will find the subject of trick
plays in the game of go dealt with in a thorough manner. Practically anything
one could wish to know about the subject is examined from multiple perpectives
in this remarkable volume. Vital points in common patterns, skillful finesse
(tesuji) and ordinary matters of good
technique are discussed, as well as
the pitfalls that are concealed in seemingly innocuous positions. This
is a gem of a handbook that belongs on the bookshelf of every go player.
Chapter 1 was written by Ishida Yoshio, former Meijin-Honinbo, who
intimates that if "joseki can be said
to be the highway, trick plays may be called a back alley. When one masters
the alleyways, one is on course to master joseki." Thirty-five model trick
plays are presented in this chapter, and exhaustively analyzed in the style
of a dictionary.
Kageyama Toshiro 7 dan, one of the most popular go writers, examines
the subject in Chapter 2 from the standpoint of full board strategy.
Chapter 3 is written by Mihori Sho, who collaborated with Sakata Eio to
produce Killer of Go. Anecdotes from
the history of go, famous sayings by
Sun Tzu on the Art of Warfare and contemporary
examples of trickery are woven together to produce an entertaining dialogue.
The final chapter presents twenty-five problems
for the reader to solve, using the knowledge gained in the preceding sections.
Do not be surprised to find unexpected booby traps lurking here also.
An extra feature is a four page cartoon taken from a Japanese magazine.
A translation guide offers a fascinating glimpse into the structure of
The variations explored in A Compendium of Trick Plays are to be encountered
in any go club. They are sequence that have been played since time immemorial,
and will continue to be played forever. A Compendium of Trick Plays is
jam packed with classic "sleights of
hands", cunning trickery and straightforward advice on how to meet these
moves effectively. 900 diagrams in 220 pages! With Glossary and Index.
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