Otake's Secrets of Strategy
Otake Hideo is one of the most respected figures in the go world today. At the height of his powers, he was second to none in terms of strength, battling other legendary players such as Sakata Eio, Rin Kaiho and Fujisawa Shuko for supremacy. At the same time, he was a revered elder colleague for other students of the Kitani Dojo, that school that groomed future champions like Cho Chikun, Kobayashi Koichi, Kato Masao and Takemiya Masaki. All of these players looked up to Otake and gained much from his mentoring.
In this work, Otake does the same for amateur go players. He examines amateur games and looks over the players' shoulders to give advice about typical mistakes that regularly appear there. Since the strengths of the players is so close to the average player's, all amateurs will recognize aspects of their own play that Otake strives to point out. That is one of the keys to improvement.
But Otake does not stop there. He ranges far and wide throughout go history to explain tried and true strategies in the game of go, demonstrating his erudition at the same time. From ancient China to classical go in Japan to masterpieces Otake himself has played, the reader is treated to that rarest of all material: the kind where one learns effortlessly while finding the experience thoroughly pleasurable.
"For quite some time I have recommended that one enjoy the game of go by creating one's own creative ploys to play. If one keeps this kind of thing in mind while playing, it will become even more enjoyable. And then, if one becomes strong, it will become still more enjoyable."
— From the text
Ten Conditions of Go Knowledge
010 #1 The Attacking Force Must be Properly Deployed
013 #2 Avoid Engaging Strong Enemy Forces in Battle
015 #3 Understanding the Opponent and Oneself, If a Fight Occurs, There is No Contest
016 #4 Attack at the Place Where It is Easiest to Attack
018 #5 Fighting Does Not Arise From Fixed Shape
019 #6 Controlling the High Ground is Fundamental to Victory
020 #7 When Attacking, Think About How to Withdraw
023 #8 While Keeping the Left in Check, Move on the Right
026 #9 Make Use of Every Resource Available
028 #10 Creative Application of Principles is Important
Chapter 1 Practical Application of Strategy: Problem Collection
029 33 Model Positions
Chapter 2 Amateur Game Guidance
134 Game 1 A Game of Huge Reversal
M 5 dan vs. A 5 dan
153 Game 2 A Game with a Clash of Strength
S 5 dan vs. H 5 dan
171 A Professional Teaching Game
Professional vs. Amateur 4 dan (5 Stones)
Chapter 3 Appreciating Famous Professional Games
185 Game 1 The Start of the Otake-Rin Rivalry
Otake Hideo vs. Rin Kaiho
213 A Masterpeice of Positional Judgement
Otake Hideo vs. Kobayashi Koichi
235 A Masterpeice of Sacrifice and Attacking
Honinbo Dosaku vs. Yasui Chitetsu