Magic on the First Line

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Magic on the First Line
("盤端の奇跡 (1999)")
By: Nakayama Noriyuki
Publisher: Slate and Shell, 2010
ISBN10 1-932001-48-4


[ext] Tony Atkins at British Go Association

[ext] Ian Butler at Life in 19x19

André Sieber, 2k:
The title sounds odd, but it is a bit like the probably magical rabbit on the cover, a very nice cute book with amazing interesting magic things on the first line - I love it!

Table of Contents

Preface i
Introductory Chapter: Mysteries Become Common Sense 1
Chapter 1: Beginning Magic (15 kyu to 5 kyu) 5
Chapter 2: Intermediate Magic (5 kyu to 1 kyu) 37
Chapter 3: Advanced Magic (1 kyu to dan level) 67
Chapter 4: Edge of the Board Magic from Go History 99
Afterword 119

Sample Material

Problem 6, Page 9, (15 kyu to 5 kyu) Black to play  

The black stones to the left and right really look seperated! What can possibly be done?

Depending on how you play, both parts might die, half might live, or perhaps both parts might live. However, after all, there's nothing to do but appeal to a miracle on the first line.

Other Languages

German: Zauberei auf der ersten Linie. published by Brett und Stein Verlag in 2020.

Magic on the First Line last edited by hnishy on October 14, 2022 - 03:08
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