This book contains a special selection of problems taken from Kido magazine's
"Challenge Corner," which offers ranking diplomas to readers who mail in the correct
answers to a number of problems. (Usually eight problems are published every month.)
The problems test the reader on every facet of the game. The book is divided into eight
sections: The Opening, The Middlegame, Perception, Sabaki [Fancy Footwork], Reading,
Race to Capture [Semeai],
Life and Death, and The Endgame. If one studies the
problems assiduously, one cannot fail to add depth to one's understanding and build up
one's fighting strength as well.
Some of the problems would actually tax the
skill of professional players! (Most of the problems have been adapted from real
professional games.) But to the extent that one
solves the problems correctly, one can be assured of one's real playing strength. As an
indication of the difficulty of each problem, the success rate of the original
respondents to the magazine for that particular problem is given. Those impossibly
difficult problems that received a reader success rate of less than 1% have been omitted.
(The highest success rate for any problem was 77%.) In addition, each problem is given an
introductin, to help the reader focus on the theme of that problem.
The reader will be pleasantly surprised at the depth and clarity of the solution
and explanatory diagrams. Reading this book is the next best thing to getting
professional training at the Nihon Ki-in! 220 Pages.