Defensive Tesujis In a Nutshell

Language RU
Subtitles EnRu
A compact selection of simple defensive moves

This course will teach you a few basic general principles of making an efficient shape. Alexey prepared three short lessons with interesting examples to demonstrate the value of protective moves and keeping all the stones nicely connected. 

A small set of useful examples on some simple tesujis will allow you to learn a couple of valuable tricks to master the art of making a solid shape. 

This is an experimental mini-course made in the form of a screencast. We’ve added a bit of magic to it and we hope you like it. Enjoy!

Suitable for: 15–5 kyu

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Alexey Nechaev 4d

Playing Go since 2005 and teaching it for the last 10 years. Alexey was a student of Sergei Mezhov and he values Go as a multidimensional art of the mind.

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Course Includes

3 Lessons
4 Quizzes
~ 50 min


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42 Reviews
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Posted 6 days ago

It is hard to read subtitles and in the same time follow the screen. At least, if you use subtitles, you should avoid the rapid series of moves. One move, one second, not 3-4 moves per second. It is a course, not a live show. The content is nice. Everything is interesting. But I hope to find in Go Magic courses about TRANSITION from fuseki to middlegame. Very often, I fall behind after fuseki...

Posted 4 months ago

good , but English dub needed

Posted 6 months ago

I think it was excellent. Straight to the point and very interesting problems.

Posted 6 months ago

I'd miss stone placement order while reading subtitles. It'd be nice if the stones were #'d when played. The price vs content is fair compared to a Go book. Some problems have variations(that's a positive). As a meddling SDK, I found this course insightful & a reminder that sacrifices must be made. Lssn#2 was my favorite. Course has a theme yet some quiz problems felt random. Will watch again, ty!

Posted 7 months ago

I enjoyed the course, the explanations may be more.

Posted 9 months ago

I enjoyed this course because as a middle single digit kyu player, I learnt several better moves that i am used to do. I like the fact that on some exercices, the response can be different. So doing them several times is useful. And it opened my mind on new possibilities. So, yes, Thx!

Posted 9 months ago


Posted 11 months ago

I enjoyed the course being in Russian because I am actually (in spite of Putin’s beastliness) learning Russian, and was able to understand a lot at ¾ speed. And I saw some tesujis that were new to me or needed refreshing, and useful underlying ideas.

Posted 12 months ago

I think the screencast works out really well. It seems worth to consider to make more courses like this if that makes production easier. However, I do feel that there is not a lot of value to this course compared to others. It doesn't offer a systematic approach to understanding and learning tesuji. It is just a random collection of tesuji. Feels more like a YouTube ad for Go Magic.

Posted 1 year ago

Awesome course. There's some great techniques to make good shape, very useful.

Posted 1 year ago

Great course introducing some lesser known tesuji (to me at least) and developinga good mindset about trading stones for shape. Loved the non-English language, though the dubbing has errors and missing phrases, but not for the important stuff. I wish there were more practice examples of the types of tesuji discussed in this course. A really good course, but a little short.

Posted 2 years ago

I have watched this course muted with subtitles. Thus, it felt more like reading a book. But the interactive exercises are better than a book, of course. It gives a good idea of situations, where defensive moves or sacrifices strengthen your position. They should be helpful for many kyu players. It is difficult to extract general rules. It is more giving some ideas of good defensive thinking.

Posted 2 years ago

The course contains some very valuable input, but stumbles over unclear progression and a wide difficulty gap, as it has less content than other courses on the platform. The course is absolutely worth doing and contains some highly relevant concepts, but if you are a lower Kyu level, you will need to put some extra work in to find an understanding of the mentioned topics.

Posted 2 years ago

Interesting subject but... I don't know, something is missing. And please when it's in Russian, use the dubbing.

Posted 2 years ago

I thought the cast worked well! It was a wonderful little course because these basic tesuji are so easy to miss. Players get to a certain level and they start thinking of overcomplicated moves and they think a tesuji requires reading 20 moves ahead, but no! A simple descent or a small retreat are also tesuji. These are foundational ideas and I agree that mastering them will elevate your game.

Posted 2 years ago

The screencast method, I think works well, I do prefer the real board, but would not begrudge more courses like this if it makes production easier. Alexey has a nice calm style However despite the content being sound, the course is simply too short and fails to deliver on its premise 'how tesuji work.' What we get are a handful of examples of two types of tesuji, no broader understanding of tesuji

Posted 2 years ago

It's a mini course on the importance of flexible shape and some tesuji that can help achieving it in certain situations. Short and focused but not as well structured as many other courses here, it's definitely worth a watch if you have gold+ membership but I'm not sure I'd recommend purchasing it otherwise as other high tier courses have much better cost/benefit.

Posted 2 years ago

The screencast works well for explaining but lacks the texture and sound of a real board, which I really enjoy in the other courses. Also a very short course and a lot of defensive Tesuji I felt. Still useful stuff though!

Posted 2 years ago

It's essentially a 40 minute video with some go problems on shape and reasons for playing solidly. + The problem prompts are nice as always - It is not really a course in any way that one has come to expect from this platform. - The level of reading expected varies widely by problem, adding to the feeling of lack of structure.

Posted 2 days ago

Спасибо, курс хороший.

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