American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Distorted Shape

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Published in the December 13, 2011 edition of the American Go Journal.


Black to play in the bottom left corner.

A longtime contributor to the American Go E-Journal, former insei Kazunari Furuyama has returned with his popular EJ column, now in sgf files and re-named “Lessons with Kaz”.  Kaz co-authored Kiseido’s “Get Strong at Joseki”, volumes 2 and 3 and is now teaching on KGS Plus.

At the end of this year, Kaz is also planning to start “Kaz Go Services“, for yet another way to improve your game.  Watch  for developments.

This lesson covers one of the most important and useful things to learn for players from kyu level to 5 dan.  Some moves in this lesson may be difficult, but the general principle is useful for players of all strength.  By the way, I made this problem up, so some stone placements may look unnatural.  But please bear with me.  When I give this problem to my students, even 5 dan players in Japan make a mistake.

(A future lesson will cover the problem in the upper right corner, where White plays first.)

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