Alexandre Dinerchtein

The fish cannot live without water.
Takemiya-sensei cannot live without territory in the center.
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A few weeks ago Takemiya-sensei decided to change his style and take territory instead of influence. He had 30+ points lead in fuseki, but his opponent was really thick. Do you know what happened later?

Takemiya decided to … sacrifice his territories and … kill White’s central wall!

“Why do I always take the empty center,” he thought? It’s even more attractive to have the center, full of dead groups. 🙂

You can see the result here: White saved his groups and won the game. Next time Takemiya will play for moyo again. You cannot trick him by presenting big corners in fuseki! The answer is: “No, Thank you!”

Enjoy playing Go, friends! And don’t forget to follow your own way!
Own fuseki, own joseki. Why is it necessary to copy someone else?

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2 Responses to “Takemiya-sensei”

  1. I’ve never met Takemiya-sensei; but, I hope to, someday. I cannot help but admire his spirit. I get the sensation that this game was a warning to his fellow professionals akin to a poker-star playing to deliberately get caught bluffing: ‘I can play your game, too; so, don’t depend so much on my playing a certain way… I may flip on you at any time.’ It is as though he’s playing a (globally) mental game. I love every aspect of his style that I have become aware of on and off the goban, and I’m in the midst of reading Yuan Zhou’s commentary on his style in his Master Play series published by Slate & Shell.

    That quotation is an instant classic!

    You neglected to include a link to your excellent website, Alex; so, I’ll attempt to remedy that on your behalf: Go 4 Go .net

  2. Paul says:

    Takemiya is one cool dude. He is super friendly and totally outgoing. He is something like a rock star at Go Congress, and everyone always enjoys seeing him. He made it the past two years, but I don’t think he is expected to come this year. Always a treat when he does though ^_^

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