All About Life and Death, Volume 2 [Cho Chikun] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. All About Life and Death The most complete work on. Sensei’s Library, page: Encyclopedia of Life and Death, keywords: Life Death CD is a collection of life and death problems by Cho Chikun. By: Cho Chikun Publisher: Ishi Press, June ISBN10 , 4- X combined pp. All About Life and Death is a two.

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All About Life and Death is a two volume set published by Ishi Press containing common corner and side patterns that may live or die. For each pattern the correct line of play is shown as well as a number chjkun variation diagrams.

An example is included below. This xnd consisting of two volumes is a translation of volume 1 of Cho Chikun ‘s Japanese language book Life and Death Deaty listed on the dictionaries page. David Carlton ‘s review. The hole at a is a weak point, but if Black simply connects at athis becomes the same position as the last pattern, and he dies. The vital point is somewhere else. This is a confusing position because there are a number of possible alternatives for the first move, but the diagonal play ad is the only move that will allow Black to live.

Let’s look at the variations one at a time. After Black’s diagonal play, is the vital point for making eye shape.


It’s very important for Black to answer this by descending at. Now when Black answers by connection athe is alive.

The plays at a and b are miai. If White plays 3 at 4, Black can just defend at a. After making the diagonal play, Black needs to be careful about how he answers the push and cut of and. Descending to is calm.

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If Black carelessly plays this move at aa White hane at 4 will mean sudden death. Going back to the beginning, will be the very first play that comes to mind for making eye shape, but White will play 2 and 4 and just manage to kill the Black group. When Black answer at 5, White plays hane at 6. The descent to Black 1 is also not a very flexible answer.


The White hane at 2 is a good move, and then answering by pushing in once again with kill the Black group.

feath After this, if Black plays aWhite answers band if Black tries ba White hane at c kills him. What about descending with Black 1 here? Unfortunately, the four Black stones on the left side suffer from a shortage chiikun libertiesso White 2 and the placement of 4 mean instant death. In this diagram Black has a liberty at aso even if Black merely descends to 1, things don’t go as they did in the last diagram.

This time Black can live. White 2 and 4 are powerful plays, but Black 5 is a nice answer. In other words, in this situation there are two ways for Black to live.

This position arose in the fourth and final game of the 31st Kisei Title match between Yamashita Keigo and Kobayashi Satoru. When Kobayashi filled the last outside liberty withYamashita lived with. Please note that in the Kisei game the notch is four lines wide whereas in the problem above, the notch is three lines wide. It was published by Ishi Deatnbut then Ishi ,ife releasing lofe. Kiseido has slowly resurrected desth of Ishi Press, but this books is not yet resurrected.

So, all you can do is to try to find it as used book, maybe from eBay. I’ve heard the japanese language original has more material than the english translation. Considering the subject matter I have the english version I’m confident the original books would be of great value to folks who don’t read japanese like myself.

I think this 2 volume set nad sale at Yutopian is the japanese version. Aren’t those Yutopian books Chinese translations? I’ve had luck getting this and other common Japanese references such as joseki and tesuji dictionariesfrom Amazon’s Japanese web site, http: Even if chilun don’t know Japanese, you can usually sort through the web site by comparing it to the English version, which has the same layout. I just bought the two volumes after I bought an used English chikkn of volume one.


Even if you don’t know Chinese like me, the dictionary is quite useful as long as you know the sequence that problems are presented: The original edition is in Japanese see the dictionaries page but it is out of print.

I was told by the sales staff at Kiseido that Yutopian is suppose to re-lease it July, but I don’t know if they were referring to the Japanese or the English edition. I can check it later, I think I have translation of some chapters.

Yes, Japanese version has more material only because there is a 2nd volume which is not translated. I think I read somewhere that Ishi translated volume 1 without Cho Chikun knowledge approval.

All About Life and Death

In under 10 minutes I’ve learnt black to play and live, white xeath play and live, black to play and kill white etc. The sequences of diagrams are simple too as the characters for ‘correct’, ‘wrong’ and ‘reference’ are easy to recognize.

Supposedly this was an unauthorized translation and as a result it will never be reprinted by anyone. Solution 2 looks dead to me. Where are two eyes when white plays either a or b? You are right that Black can’t get two eyes but if White plays either a or b Black takes the other one and gets a seki so the black stones are alive. All About Life and Death. Black to Play and Live. The vital point but. All About Life and Death last edited by Edit page Discuss page.