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The 3-3 Point Modern Opening Strategy

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Opening theory in go has a long history and has undergone many changes. In the 17th through 19th centuries, the first move in the corner was usually played on the 3-4 point, or occasionally the 5-3 or the 5-4 point. The star point was almost never played. Then in the mid-1930s, the “New Fuseki” became the vogue. The star point became a key feature and emphasis was placed on central influence. In present day opening theory, the star point still carries great weight, since it occupies the corner in one move, has a powerful influence along the sides, and permits a much faster development than the 3-4 point. Its weakness lies at the 3-3 point, from which the corner territory can easily be destroyed. However, more and more openings are being played today which emphasize tight territorial control. Here again the 3-3 point is critical, whether played to secure the corner territory with one move, or to destroy the opponents corner territory. In these openings many questions arise about joseki in relation to the surrounding positions. In other words, joseki cannot be confined to just one corner or just one side; the whole board must be taken into account. This book analyzes the role of the 3-3 point in opening strategy and features examples taken from about 100 of Cho Chikun's games. The opening is the most enjoyable part of the game to study. It is also the most intuitive part of the game, and its concepts are the easiest to grasp. Any reader who knows the rules should make effortless progress by reading this book.

224 pages, Paperback

First published May 1, 1991

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December 1, 2012

Rather dated treatment of this rather dated fuseki. The 3-3 point has been out of fashion for twenty years. But it is interesting reading Cho's analyses, and getting familiar with how this joseki was used. And I always find useful tidbits of go knowledge in CC's books, regardless of the topicality of the proclaimed topic.
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