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Joseki Volume 1 - Fundamentals


268 pages, paperback, Eigenverlag, 1. edition 2009

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The revolutionary quality and great amount of contents creates the most profound reference to the fundamentals and their application to josekis. The book invents a classification of move types, meanings of stones and development directions. Systematic structure, careful definitions of terms and many principles provide us with a complete and easily applicable language to guide our thinking and planning. As a consequence, players of all levels can broaden their knowledge and improve their playing strength.


The Difficulty of Understanding Josekis

When the proverb says "Study josekis and become two stones weaker", it warns us that learning a dictionary's move sequences by heart and without any further understanding of their meaning is useless or even counter-productive. Similarly it is futile to memorise 100 professional games without being aware of their strategy, reasons for move order, tactics and positional judgement. Why then do writers of joseki literature advertise joseki study as an essential and deep source for improving one's playing strength? Why could the author rapidly jump from 5 to 1 kyu mostly because of reading Ishida's Dictionary of Basic Joseki thoroughly?

Josekis are so difficult because they involve every major aspect of the game: life and death, territory, influence, thickness, aji, direction, strategic decisions and so on. They require perception of both the microcosmos of the meaning and efficiency of each move and of the global view of the whole board interaction and development. Without a broad and profound understanding of all those aspects, one cannot hope to understand josekis well. On the other hand, this necessity offers us the great chance to explore the fundamentals of Go strategy, too! Herein lies the key to becoming stronger.

The variety of involved aspects prevents a shortcut to josekis. Rome was not built in one day. It is insufficient to read a book about, for example, josekis and direction of play only. Rather the reader must be prepared to acquire a much broader knowledge, as it is conveyed here.

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Weight 210 g
Manufacturer Eigenverlag
Width 15,2 cm
Height 22,3 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2009
Author Robert Jasie
Language English
Edition 1
Pages 268
Binding paperback

014 1 Introduction

018 2 What Is a Joseki ?

025 3 Occupying an Empty Corner

065 4 First Move in the Center

070 5 Corner Enclosures

078 6 Approach Move to a Corner Stone

094 7 Pincer

112 8 Symmetries

114 9 Move Types

192 10 Meainings of a Stone

211 11 Development Directions

226 12 Miscellaneous

250 13 Exercises

262 14 Index

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