Art of Capturing Stones (Wei Qi, Weiqi, Baduk, Paduk, Igo)
Art of Capturing
The Art of Go Series - Item PAY25
Go - The oriental games of controlling territory - challenges each
player to balance competing needs: to build your influence
or weaken his, to secure your territory or to invade hers. Each player
strives to find moves that work at multiple levels, and to counter their
In go there are various capturing techniques
which require sacrificing stones. Most beginners fail to see these moves.
Even advanced players might overlook them if they donÕt pay attention.
Mastering these techniques
equips a player with powerful weapons
for both attack and defense. In addition,
the training in visualization that the reader gets by studying these tactical
finesses will serve him or her in good
stead even in more straightforward positions.
The Art of Capturing Stones is a problem
book. This book provides thorough training in three types of techniques,
namely, under the stones (Ishi-no-shita), killing oversized eyes (Nakade),
and other sacrificing techniques. By working through the problems, the
reader can practice these skills and improve his or level of play.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Under the Stones (Ishi-no-shita) Problems 1-32
This spectacular technique involves allowing your opponent to make a
seemingly decisive capture in order to set up a recapture, thereby forming
an eye, taking territory or forcing ko.
Chapter 2 Oversized Eyes (Nakade) Problems 33-65
With this technique you also sacrifice some stones in order to then
make a placement at the vital point inside the resulting oversized eye.
In most cases this reduces the nakade to only an eye, but in certain positions
you can convert the whole nakade into a single false eye. You are no double
familiar with such unsettled shapes as the pyramid-four, bulky-five and
flowery-six. However, if the defender's position has certain defects, you
can even sacrifice large shapes which are related to these basic patterns.
Chapter 3 Other Techniques Problems 66-91
Concerning various ways of using throw-ins to force your opponent into
shortage of liberties or make false eyes.
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