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Go Book: “Master Play… The Style of Takemiya” (2008)

Tks to wow (OGS) for the tip… here another book about SanRenSei/Cosmic Style:


Master Play: The Style of Takemiya

Publisher: Slate and Shell, 2008
ISBN: 10 1-932001-44-1
72 pp.

The book is available on Slate and Shell (1425 Westshire Lane, Richmond, VA 23238) at a prize of 15.50 US$, in Europe it is sold by Hebsacker Publisher (Germany) for 14.50 Euros (plus shipping).

Master Play Takemiya Cover

The third book in Yuan Zhou‘s series (Aga, 7Dan) on the playing styles of top pros explains the intricacies of Takemiya Masaki‘s famous cosmic style that aims at building a moyo. While Takemiya is one of the most popular pros among amateurs, most fans do not realize how challenging it is to play moyo-style.

Table of Contents

1. A brief biography of Takemiya Masaki
2. Takemiya wins the first world championship
3. Playing moyo style with white
4. Appendix : More examples of Takemiya’s moyo style

Y. Zhou makes it all clear, as usual, and in the process helps readers to gain a much better understanding of how to handle games where one player is aiming at a moyo.

PDF sample…

View this document on Scribd

In chapter 2 “Takemiya wins the first world championship” is analysed in details the final of 1st Fujitsu Cup, being played on 3rd Sept 1988 by Takemiya Masaki 9p (as black) against Rin Kaiho 9p (white). Takemia won the game B+R
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( Image source: SGF viewer | Go4Go.net )

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For your individual review / Go training you can pick up the SGF here:  Eidogo | OGS

This game which made Takeiya famous as centre oriented player had been analysed different times, e.g. on Baduk TV, see video here.
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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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