That dang hoshi fuseki
Does the above board position look familiar? It's a fuseki where every stone is on a star-point.
I'm sure you've seen it at least once if you're a lower kyu. Maybe several times. I'd bet real money almost everyone has played it.
Whenever this fuseki materializes, the first thing that comes to mind is, "We're going to have a real fight".
In the Nihon Ki-in Small Encyclopedia: Fuseki, Fujisawa Kazunari writes this about this particular opening:
Although playing only on star-points like this may seem simple-minded, the result is roughly equal and sometimes seen in tournament play. After this, the players will either mark-off huge moyos or start some serious fighting.
To the best of my recollection, I've always found myself playing White when this fuseki materializes. That's likely because two reasons:
- I have a habit of playing moyo openings as White, so my first two stones are on the star-points.
- One of the best ways that I currently know of to counter a sanren-sei fuseki by Black is for White to build a sanren-sei as well.
This is the first "paratrooper invasion". Just a little behind the enemy's sector line and far enough from enemy stones to be able to run (or, hopefully, fight out).
Then when it comes to attacking and defending the corners, I rely heavily on timing, and what little I have read in Chapter Four of Masaki's book, The Enclosure Josekis.
Fuseki Quiz 20/20
This is it gang. This is the last fuseki quiz. Next week, we'll see the table of what Miyamoto thinks your rank should be after adding-up the scores for all of your answers.
Scoring the last Fuseki Quiz 19/20
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- A = 4
- B = 6
- C = 2
- D = 10, Black playing on N4 is correct. If it is ignored and White is allowed to play her next move to L3, then Black's stones would be separated into two groups. It is a small play but also a key point. You cannot pay attention only to the big points on the sides in the opening.
- E = 8
Odd stuff on the web
Multi-tasking. If I could study Go while doing a bench press, I'd do it!
How about learning English to music while doing aerobics? Maybe it's not a bad idea.
Of course, things can go a bit too far. This video shows the instructors training the viewers for a more unpleasant encounter in America.