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Go Book by Shukaku Takagawa: “Power of the Star-Point: The Sanren-Sei Opening” (Sanrensei no Iryoku)

Shortly (in April 2014) we got in Germany Takagawe’s book re-publishing.

Sanren-Sei: Die Power-Eröffnung” (written by Shukaku Takagawa)… http://goo.gl/6SqCc2


The English translation of Shukaku Takagawe was published 1988 you still can buy:
Power of the Star-Point: The Sanren-Sei Opening” – http://goo.gl/rA5jaU

Originally it is Takagawe’s book Sanrensei no Iryoku (1975, Volume 5 of Bessatsu Igo Kurabu)

More details in Sensei’s Library:

Takagawa Kaku (高川格, September 1915 – November 1986) was a Japanese, 9-dan, professional Go player. He changed his name to **Takagawa Shukaku** (高川秀格) after he won the Honinbo title for the first time.

Takagawa’s Style

images (12)Takagawa’s style revolved around thick plays that enabled a constant flow of exchanges around the board.

He attempted to embody the motto: “Flowing water does not fight what lies ahead.” As such, he preferred peaceful exchanges and to avoid head-on confrontations. He utilized his thickness by creating a long, drawn out game where he could steadily squeeze his opponent’s groups for small advantages. Often, this would result in a crop of center territory emerging in the late game. Additionally, his thickness would limit an opponent from beginning too many fights (i.e. his thickness would become an advantage in the fight), and would allow Takagawa the flexibility to make exchanges instead of battling head-on. His means for building thickness would be in his early joseki choices and playing of honte moves.

He adopted the ideas of the shin-fuseki — particularly in his 4-4 point openings — and was open to emerging josekies. He was a noted admirer of Honinbo Shuei and would try to emulate Shuei into certain aspects of his play. Takagawa possessed strong & accurate positional judgement — which was a primary result of continual counting during the game. He was known to count at certain time intervals to always update his positional analysis and efficiently use his game-time. This was because, as he explained, he wasn’t a Go genius capable of evaluating positions by intuition or feeling alone. Ishida Yoshio even went so far as to say, “Takagawa in his best games calculated just how the fatigue factor was affecting his opponent and paced himself for the final spurt that gave him the win.”

Regarding Takagawa’s personal assessment, he said: “My go manifests itself in some ways in my liking for Shuei. Basically, it is rational go. It emphasises balance based on counting. I hang on closely in the opening, middle game and endgame and try to sustain thickness and keep on counting to the very end.

His non-confrontational method of using thickness and avoidance of complex fights would occasionally irk & unsettle players with a more direct style of Go or personality. Honinbo Shusai was noted as saying that Takagawa played “rustic go,” but could still expect to attain 4-dan by the age of 20. Hashimoto Utaro sarcastically described Takagawa’s style as “flowing like water — lukewarm water.” It was even said that ultimately Hashimoto’s loss of the 1952 Honinbo match was a psychological one. He notes, “it was unbelievable how Takagawa could play such lukewarm moves; I just couldn’t get used to it.” (Source: http://senseis.xmp.net/?Takagawa )



About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


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