Shape

PageType: Path   Difficulty: Beginner   Keywords: Shape

Chinese: 形 (xing2); 形状 (xing2 zhuang4)
Japanese: 形 (katachi)
Korean: 모양 (moyang)

Shape is a quality of a group of stones of the same color. This quality is highly influenced by the enemy stones present in the same area.

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Good shape [1]

"Good shape" uses local stones efficiently to maximize tactical advantage.

Characteristics:

Objectives:

So, stones have good shape when they are connected or will easily be connected, make an eye or will easily make an eye with a minimum number of stones, and maintain a certain amount of flexibility.

It must be noted that to talk about the quality of shapes divorced from the location of opposing stones is probably ill-advised, if not misleading. Also, there is often a dynamic notion to shape, while the static treatise may suffer from a superficial understanding.

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Authors: Dieter, Stefan, HolIgor

[1]: [ext] Shape Up ! is the title of a book on shape and esp. Good Shape by Charles Matthews, published online on GoBase.


Shape last edited by Unkx80 on August 5, 2010 - 15:58
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