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Go poem (ancient + modern)

Go poems (ancient + modern): lyrics from a Go lover’s song…

I am just reading the book “[Killer of GO – Technique and Preventative Measures][1]”, written by [Sakata Eio][2] (Honorary Honinbo, 1920-2010) in 1967.
This book was was published / tranlated into ENG in 1994 by Yutopian Enterprises (USA). – The book is out of print.

In the last chapter “(3) Welcome! The Killer of GO” (page 217-219) the editor Mihori Masa (veteran Go writer) addressed nice lyrics from a Go lover’s song – from olden times. It goes like this:

“If taking stones rules your heart,
unreasoning gulps, wash one to defeat; so much is known.

Discarding Stones with the strategy to play elsewhere
that art will readily triumph.

Know to add the profit, subtract the loss,
ever always avoid the clumsy capture of stones.”

(PS: The book is available in digital form from [SmartGo Books][3]. If you should have some money in reserves, [Amazon][4] is offering it in the category “used books” at the prize of CDN$ 538.94)

[1]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?KillerOfGo
[2]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eio_Sakata
[3]: http://gobooks.com/books-by-category.html#outofprint
[4]: http://www.amazon.ca/Killer-go-technique-preventative-measures/dp/0964184702


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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