settling the shape


Settling the shape is the opposite of keeping flexibility. aji-keshi and kikashi are two flavours of settling the shape.

Mostly a player will settle the shape when he sees a sequence giving him undisputed victory or a definite advantage. Settling the shape may also be a good strategy if you want to eliminate your opponent's forcing moves or ko threats before playing elsewhere. Some players will also do it as a matter of style, perhaps because they are less at ease when their opponent has a lot of choices. Kobayashi Koichi is said to be such a player. To many people, settling the shape early is against the true spirit of the game.

In Killer of Go, Sakata comments a game of his against Go Seigen, in which he didn't know how to handle a certain area. "So I settled the shape first and then decided how to play."


settling the shape last edited by on June 4, 2008 - 23:00
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