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3-3 Point Modern Opening Strategy, The

By Cho Chikun

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Title 3-3 Point Modern Opening Strategy, The
Author Cho Chikun
Translator Stuart Dowsey
Publishers Ishi Press, Kiseido
Codes g44, K44
Date
ISBN 4-87187-044-8
Pages 214
Dimensions 7 1/4. x 5. - 181mm x 128mm
Publishers's URL http://kiseido.com/Other.htm#K44

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Opening theory in go has a long history and has undergone many changes. In the 17th through 19th centuries, the first move in the corner was usually played on the 3-4 point, or occasionally the 5-3 or the 5-4 points. The star point was almost never played. Then in the mid 1930's, the 'New Fuseki' became the vogue. The star point became a key feature and emphasis was placed on the central influence.

In present day opening theory, the star point still carries great weight, since it occupies the corner in one move, has powerful influence along the sides, and permits a much faster development than the 3-4 point. Its weakness lies at the 3-3 point, from which the corner territory can easily be destroyed. However, more and more openings are being played today which emphasize tight territorial control. Here again the 3-3 point is crucial, whether played to secure the corner territory with one move, or to destroy the opponent's corner territory.

In these openings many questions arise about joseki in relation to the surrounding positions. In other words, joseki cannot be confined to just one corner or to one side; the whole board must be taken into account. This book analyses the role of the 3-3 point in opening strategy and features examples taken from about 100 of Cho Chikun's games.

The opening is the most enjoyable part of the game to study. It is also the most intuitive part of the game, and its concepts are the easiest to grasp. Any player who knows the rules should make effortless progress by reading this book.

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Foreword ...v
Glossary ...vi
Introduction Around the 3-3 Point ...1
Chapter 1: The 3-3 Point with the Star Point and the 3-4 Point ...13
Chapter 2: 3-3 Point Joseki ...80
Chapter 3: 3-3 Point Fuseki ...127
Chapter 4: Problems ...188

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Review by Paul Brennan show/hide

Review Author Paul Brennan Reviewer Strength BGA 5kyu

While playing in my club over the last couple of months I was playing against someone who always plays at the 5-6 point and 4-6 point and that kind of thing. I was playing the sanren- sei in opposition to this and then I would invade at the 4-4 point underneath his 5-6. He was winning all the games. Then I went to my local games shop, picked up The 3-3 Point. Reading this book made me much more willing to play at the 3-3 point whereas before I would normally play 4-4 (I understood this better). Last week I played two games against this same person and instead of playing the 4-4 under his 5-6, I played the 3-3. I won both game, the first by about 30 points and the second by resignation. I feel that this is due to me reading this book. I don't feel there are many books that I have read that I can say made me win games!!! I went home happy that evening.

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Review Author David Carlton Reviewer Strength 1 kyu
Author's Email carlton@bactrian.org website http://www.bactrian.org/~carlton/

This is a book about various aspects involving the 3-3 point. It talks about corner situations where the first move is at the 3-3 point and the joseki that follow from that, and also about situations where the 3-3 point play is an invasion beneath the star point, possibly following a pincer. It has a chapter on fuseki involving the 3-3 point, and a chapter of problems.

I think that this is a decent book, but nothing special. The chapter that I like the most is the one on joseki: the discussion there gives you more real-game context than the discussions in joseki dictionaries do. So you get to see contexts in which you would play the slightly different variations of the two 3-3 point joseki. Also, that chapter has good discussions of some 4-4 point joseki that involve 3-3 invasions, making it useful for everybody, since even if you don't encounter 3-3 point openings too often in your play, everybody has to deal with star points.



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