American Go E-Journal

Member’s Edition: Lessons with Kaz: Ponnuki and the 5-4 Point

Tuesday July 28, 2015


Published in the July 28, 2015 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Kaz continues with understanding ponnukis. This lesson emphasizes kyu mistakes, especially relating to sente vs. gote. Kaz remarks, “I’d like to talk about ponnuki, which is Japanese. There’s a Go proverb: the ponnuki is worth 30 points. In fact it is debatable among pros whether or not it is worth 30 points. Yet, it is good to understand the shape correctly.”

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”. Visit his newly improved website, including the advice column, and example problems.