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Fight Like a Pro - The Secrets of Kiai

282 pages, paperback, Kiseido, 1. edition 2010.

From the Series »Mastering the Basics«

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Kiai is a concept that has received scant systematic attention in the go literature, even though it is often referred to in game commentaries. Most westemers are familiar with kiai mainly in relation to the martial arts where it is translated as 'fighting spirit'. This phrase conjures up a feeling of aggression, but in go kiai means coming up with innovative and creative moves. Such moves must not only have a global perspective, they must also take into account local situations and they need to be backed up by deep and accurate reading. Ideally, they perfectly meld the tactical and the strategic elements of a position. They are moves that will cause a pro to sit up and take notice. Professional games are full of kiai. A top pro tries to avoid the ordinary response. He strives to play the all-out, 100% move (unless he is well ahead). He will not be submissive in his responses; rather, he will meet attack with counterattack. Even if the next move is a joseki move, a pro will still ponder it and try to find another move that is more appropriate to the overall position. This is how new josekis are born. This book contains 16 games, analyzed in depth, played by some of the world's strongest players from Korea, China, and Japan. For the most part, there are less than ten moves for each figure, making the games easy to follow.

However, this book is more thanjust agame book; it is also a problem book. Throughout each game at crucial points, questions are posed asking the reader what he thinks the next move should be. With this format, the reader becomes fully engaged in the game and the commentary. This is a ground-breaking book that will change the way you play and think about go. It will also shatter many of the mi staken notions that amateurs have about go strategy. It is a book that is destined to become a classic.

Language English
Author Bozulich, Richard
van Zeijst, Rob
Publisher Kiseido
Series Mastering the Basics
Edition 1.
Medium Book
Weight 400 g
Width 14.8 cm
Height 21 cm
Pages 282
Year of Publication 2010
Binding paperback

iv What is kiai?

ix Kiai and komi

x Fear and kiai

xii Psychological warfare

xiv Players featured in these games

xviii Tournaments in which the games were played

001 Game One: Wang Yuhui vs. Kim Seong-ryong

013 Game Two: Yuki Satoshi vs. Takao Shinji

018 Game Three: Kobayashi Satoru vs. O Meien

028 Game Four: Yuki Satoshi vs. Hane Naoki

038 Game Five: Li He vs. Fan Yunruo

051 Game Six: Takao Shiji vs. Cho U

066 Game Seven: Iyama Yuta vs. Yoda Norimoto

083 Game Eight: Chang Hao vs. Yi Se-tol

090 Game Nine: Gu Li vs. Weon Seong-chin

117 Game Ten: Gu Li vs. Weon Seong-chin

146 Game Eleven: Pak Cheong-sang vs. Hane N aoki

169 Game Twelve: Gu Li vs. Chang Hao

194 Game Thirteen: Liu Xing vs. Chang Hao

217 Game Fourteen: Yi Ch'ang-ho vs. Qiu Jun

237 Game Fifteen: Pak Yeong-hun vs. Kong Jie

252 Game Sixteen: O Meien vs. Miyazawa Goro

276 Mastering the Basics

Fight Like a Pro - The Secrets of Kiai