*Elementary Go Series, Volume 1 – “In the beginning*

石博郁郎, Ishi Press.Kiseido, 1973
石博郁郎, Ishi Press.Kiseido, 1973

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Elementary Go Series are published by Ishi Press back 70s, comprises of 7 volumes namely: In the Beginning, 38 Basic Joseki, Tesuji, Life and Death, Attack and Defense, The Endgame and Handicap Go.

Here is short preview of the first volume “In the beginning” and one of the essential topic: Nine Concepts.

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*First, Work together*

Make your stones work together
Make your stones work together

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Black 1 – 3 combine with the three black stones on the right give an immense territorial prospect in the upper right quarter of the board, and he is gaining momentum with every step.

“A” has became a large point eventually, however it will be odd if Black plays “A” first before the exchange of 1-3.

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*Impatient*

Impatient
Impatient

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[left diagram], There is a certain kind of go players who couldn’t bear to see his opponent making territory, and therefore he is tempted ot break the left side with Black move 1.

The territory that White cannot get on the left, has changed to upper side. He will attack the black 1-3-5 later when he has the chance.

[on the right],  If the position was altered, Black move 1 – 5 is reasonable, not only the black is working with his shimari and he weaken white’s group.

Relationships like these are what make plays work, or fail to work, in the game of go.

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*Second, Efficiency*

Efficiency
Efficiency

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Optimal earning with minimum of stones [efficiency]. In Fuseki, besides going for corners and extending along the sides, efficient play means always searching the board for the area where the largest play is possible, never wasting time on unnecessary moves.

Black kakari move, and White move 6 responded with common joseki, which Black finished by extending to 11, picking the forth line instead of third just as a matter of taste.

Against White’s kakari at move 12, which kept Black from making a double-wing extension, Black used the pincer play at move 13. The joseki often ends with Black next playing a, but that move would be inefficient [situational].

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*Optimum*

Effectiveness
Effectiveness

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Black answered move 1-3 work beautifully with Black, and the two stones farther up the right side to map out a really large moyo.

White cannot get up of the third line on the lower side.

Black extension to b or kakari upper left corner is alternative but Black a would be a mistake.

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*Variation*

Situational
Situational

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[left diagram], Black did not take advantage of his own strength, and becomes a sort of wasteful overkill directed against White.

[right diagram],
In a position where Black does not have the reinforcements that he had before, Black 1 is a good move.

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