Fuseki Dictionary

Takagawa was known and knew about his dry style of analysing fundamentals. Here there is no principle difference. Nevertheless, this book is by far the best I have seen from him. It is as dry as usual, however, despite the teaching method three fundamentals (strategic choices, strategic direction, and stone development) are analysed for every discussed opening sequence, of which ca. 50 moves are shown together with two or three dozen explanatory diagrams. They do not answer every question but a good percentage of your questions. Emphasis differs from opening to opening and so sometimes one learns more about one of the fundamentals, then more about another. You are taught how to think about analysing the problem of finding a next move.

The book consists of a few chapters roughly sorting traditional opening types. Otherwise it is similar to Fuseki Dictionary by Rin Kaiho only with detailed example sequences and without many further uncommented opening sequences. Naturally more space is free for a considerably greater number of analysis diagrams per example game fuseki.

Some 50 example game sequences are discussed per volume. There is an introductory chapter, too.

Robert Jasiek <jasiek@snafu.de>

Date: 20 Dec 2001