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Thickness

Blast from the Past

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One of the aims of the American Go Extra was to provide material to help upper kyū level players advance to the next stage. Every issue contained a feature entitled Power Up to Dan Strength! The Spring 1995 issue offered an article that explained a concept that all kyū players find intriguing but have trouble mastering: thickness. What is hard to understand is that thickness is actually power; it is a focal point of strength that can be used to control the game. Rather than using a wall as the foundation for a mass of territory, one must use it to attack. The game used in this article was played between Kobayashi Kōichi and Hashimoto Shōji in the NHK Cup tournament and Kobayashi thought enough about it to include it in his volume of the Modern Stars series.

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