American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Distorted Shape (Part 2)

Monday January 9, 2012

Published in the January 10, 2012 edition of the American Go E-Journal.


White to play in the upper right. (The previous lesson covered the problem in the lower left corner, where Black played first.)

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.

Kaz is planning to start Kaz Go Services soon, 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.

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