Friday, December 20, 2013

Master play

Yay! Today I received these five books from Slate & Shell, plus the extra pocket life & death book (thank you S&S), I guess I'll start with Lee Changho, I'm quite intrigued with his calm and solid style.

The books are part of the Master Play Series:


  1. The only one I'm missing is Takemiya. How'd you like them?

    1. As a beginner, I find these books invaluable because they taught me that Go is such a complex game that there is no one winning strategy. So many different players with different styles making great games, reveal that there is so much beauty yet to be discovered.

      Takemiya's moyo style blew my mind, he seems to give so much territory to the opponent while building moyos, and in the end big fights occur after his opponents invade his territory. What called my attention is that Takemiya only started playing that style after reaching 9 dan!

      Although I love Lee Changho's style in spirit, it requires a super duper mental calculator in order let his opponent have what he want's and still win the game. It's not rare that his games are so close. I'm quite the opposite, I don't like to count all the time, even though I should, I suppose I'm imposing a barrier on myself, but I don't regret this at the moment.

      I find Go Seigen super creative, and his games are so tense, he suddenly gives up a huge group because he realizes that the big fish is somewhere else, so many interchanges take place.

      I can't recall at this moment some particular aspect about the others, even though I really enjoyed reading the books.

      Take into account that my thought's are merely based on these books, which have very few games of each, so I may be wrong.