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.



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.

Further reading


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.

[2]: It may also be good shape to reduce the opponent's flexibility, even when you reduce your own.

Shape last edited by Dieter on April 27, 2020 - 09:50
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