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The Master Of Go by Yasunari Kawabata
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Jan 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

A wonderful tale that brings to light the passing of the guard from the old era into the new. Through this tale of the Master's last match we see this passing. The game of Go is changing, with new rules, such as the "Sealed play". With these new rules, come new tactics. It is these tactics that win the game for the younger player. The Master sees the game as a piece of art. He is upset by the smearing of the canvass by play 131. He makes the fatal error at play 140.
The story moves slowly, like the game itself. Each chapter placed like a stone upon the board. Until a beautiful piece of art is created.

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