Overall Rating: 9 / 10 Ponnuki
- Title: The Chinese Opening: The Sure-Win Strategy
- Author: Masao Kato (translated by Steve Lloyd)
- Publisher: Kiseido
- Publication Date: May 1989
- Page Length: 145 pages
- An in-depth explanation of the Chinese fuseki.
- Covers a lot of various scenarios that players might encounter when trying to play the Chinese fuseki.
- Appropriate for 8 kyu and stronger.
- Recommended for serious players.
What I Expected
- A thorough explanation of the purpose and goal behind the Chinese opening.
- Explanation of what happens when someone tries to interrupt the Chinese opening.
- Examples of how the Chinese fuseki is used in different situations.
What You Can Expect
- Everything I mentioned above plus…
- Much more detailed explanation behind the purpose of individual aspects of the Chinese opening (e.g., How to respond when your opponent approaches the star point stone as opposed to the 3-4 stone of the Chinese opening).
- How to handle building and destroying the large frameworks that can often result from peaceful games with the Chinese opening.
My Thoughts as a 5 Kyu
As the first book I read on the Chinese opening, I was very pleased with the scope and breadth that Kato covers with this book. Although it seems rather short, Kato does a fantastic job starting from the very basics of the Chinese opening to small details that are very case specific. In addition, Kato covers a number of variations for each scenarios that helps to answer a lot of questions people might have as to why one result is better than another.
While this book can read like a textbook and is difficult to fully absorb after only a single reading, I think it is a fantastic reference and would recommend it to any players who are serious about studying the Chinese fuseki.
Table of Content
- About the Author
- Chapter 1: The Concept of the Chinese Fuseki
- Chapter 2: The Star Point Stone
- Chapter 3: The 3-4 Point Stone
- Chapter 4: Large Scale Frameworks – Building and Destroying
- Chapter 5: The Two Space High Pincer
- Chapter 6: The Chinese Fuseki in Action: Examples from the Author’s Games
- Kiseido – $18.00 (S&H not included)
Last updated June 5th, 2013