Handicap Sequence

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Robert Pauli: The handicap placement can be explained in just one diagram.

Die grundlegenden Techniken und Strategien in einem Spiel mit Vorgabesteinen
Part 16 of the series: Schriftenreihe des DGoB
By: Takagawa Kaku
Publisher: Go-Sangyo Verlag?, 1974, Ratingen-Lintorf
230 pp.

If I remember correctly[1], the sequence to set up 9 handicap stones given by Takagawa Kaku in his book about handicap strategies is as follows:

tengen
[Diagram]
9-stone handicap sequence  


Black is at the bottom. Please treat the white stones as being black. Sorry about the imperfection.

This sequence also applies to fewer handicap stones, with three exceptions:



Go - Das faszinierendste Spiel der Welt
Part 2 of the series: Elementare Techniken
Translator: Manfred Wimmer
Publisher: Nihon Ki-in, 1973, Tokyo
95 pp.

There seems to be no agreement, however. In a publication of the Nihon Ki-in, tengen is occupied before the side hoshis in case of 7 or 9 stones. Does not please me.

Actually they use the diagram above with 9 replaced by 5 and each side hoshi number increased by one. Then they start to explain that

  • the diagram shows the placement for a handicap of 9, that
  • for 6 you need to clear the center column,
  • for 7 you need to clear the upper and lower side hoshi,
  • for 8 you need to clear the center, and
  • for the rest you simply follow the sequence given in the diagram.

Before all that they mentioned that for one rank weaker you take black. Well, that's almost as bad as 8 diagrams.


A Study of Go - For beginners and intermediate class players
By: Hidesaburo Kurohori, Francis Meyer (supervisor, Kansai Kiin pro)
Publisher: Jitsugyo Corporation?, 2017-09-19, Nara City, Japan
146 pp.

Is this the Kansai Kiin version? This booklet exchanges 7 and 8 (pp. 22 - 23). Strange: With no symmetry to be considered, why shouldn't 7 prefer the top just like 1 did?


[1] Could someone please check this. Unfortunately I no longer possess the book.


Handicap Sequence last edited by PJTraill on January 4, 2019 - 20:23
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