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"The Japanese assure that no Chinese players equal to that of Japanese of the first degree?" Well since the WeiQi tournament between the two countries began in the 80's, the Chinese 9th degree players have won the majority of the tournaments against the 9th degree players from Japan. It's true for a period after the Communist's rule, the Japanese surpassed the Chinese at the game. That's because the communists targeted the Chinese traditions for attacks until Mao's death in 1976.
The writer claims that how the Chinese and Korean degree systems work is unknown. This shows the simple necessary work was not done to find out how ranks are obtained through the systems.
The story that a Japanese imitated the Chinese players moves and defeated them is ludacris and amateur. An beginning player can easily detect his opponent is mirroring and prevent it within the very first few steps.
Lastly, the game of WeiQi (Go) is a reflection of the Chinese view of the cosmos and of man's relationship/harmony/balance with it. It's not difficult to see why the Chinese will always be advantageous at this game. It's like the case that the Americans invented cars, VCRs... the Japanese improved upon them. But the creator with the creative mind is greater than the imitators.
GOUser Review - grjade - Overstock.com
I bought this book for my son who is interested in learning the strategies involved in playing this game. He was delighted with this book. Read full review