The Main Principles of a Glorious Opening

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Let's make the first few steps in the opening and learn about some of its intricacies.
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Fuseki is the most creative and enigmatic part of the game. There are thousands of options and you never know what this or that move will lead to. How to build a strategy at the beginning of the game?

In this course you will discover which moves in the opening are considered big and which ones are even more important than that. We will take a look at efficiency, choosing a favorite opening and some of the ideas behind the classic opening moves.

Suitable for: 15–7k who are already familiar with the main principles of playing on 19×19.

Teacher

Vadim Efimenko 4d

Amateur Go player and nerdy Go research aficionado. Co-founder of Go Magic.
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Course Includes

9 Lessons
7 Quizzes
~ 2.5 hours

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Posted 2 weeks ago

That's the first course that felt really challenging in term of exercises, really powerful stuff that will take time to sink in. Awesome job!

Posted 3 weeks ago

Previous courses improved mostly my technique and make me understand some of my mistakes; but i feel that this course help me realise how exciting this game could be. Now I can see a little bit of bigger portion of its true pottential. (Also I really like those in-video mini quizzes)

Posted 4 weeks ago

Final quiz along w/a few scattered quiz questions were slightly challenging; in the majority of the instances, I understood the solution, tho there are many concepts in this course. I'd say Part 1, needs more examples and quizzes. 60mins dedicated to Pt.2's history, AI, and random openings (while interesting and a perk...is not in-depth enough to be uber useful). I'll be revisiting the course,ty!

Posted 4 weeks ago

Revelation! I would have never understood the Chinese opening if it wasn't for you;) Thanks a lot

Posted 1 month ago

This is such a great course for understanding the flow of the shapes in the opening game. It’s the game equivalent of the Major, Minor, and Dominant 7th scales in music……the building blocks of all great improvisation! Thanks Vadim!

Posted 1 month ago

This was really nice for giving me a framework to think about openings. Previously I had been doing "corners, then guess". As a DDK this definitely helped!

Posted 2 months ago

I learned lots of new things in this course. Thanks a lot! By the way, I think there was a small mistake in the video "1-4 Lines, Waves & Negotiations". At 9.09, instead of "white", it should be "black".

Posted 2 months ago

Vadim is a great teacher and all the courses are perfect!

Posted 3 months ago

Lots of useful infos for a DDK like me Tips on how to start approaching to fuseki

Posted 3 months ago

Another great course for a beginner like me. I'm feel like I'm building a better understanding of the game

Posted 4 months ago

Alanlar hakkında çok şey öğretti.

Posted 4 months ago

I liked the course! Lots of helpful info. Quizzes were hard, but I simply repeated the questions.

Posted 5 months ago

As always the content is great and the presentation slick. I found this to be one of the hardest quizzes though. I felt the course lacked some cohesion in bringing together all the "tiers". From corners, enclosures, approaches, waves, "urgent/big" to joseki and multi-functional moves I found it quite hard to prioritise all of these right. More focus here would have made this great course perfect.

Posted 5 months ago

Great reviews about some important and necessary fusekis and josekis.

Posted 5 months ago

It is nice to review the basics.

Posted 6 months ago

It helped me a lot. I can already see myself coming back to this in the future. Great Course!

Posted 6 months ago

Very useful and instructive! I really enjoyed the explanations about AI and unconventional openings.

Posted 7 months ago

I learned a lot as a 7k player, but I can surely say that this course is not for DDKs. I can understand the frustration of other students - the tests were quite challenging.

Posted 7 months ago

I was happy to be finished with this course. I tried my best, but when it came time for the final exam, I felt like I had learned nothing. It was quite frustrating. I guess I will need to return to it again. I cannot tell if I am simply not understanding the logic of the puzzles, or if the method of instruction is ineffective. I will continue to practice.

Posted 7 months ago

Great review about Fuseski and opening theory and practice. I really like the quiz structure for application. Vadim provides useful insight and tips to help become stronger. I am just now getting back into playing online Go as i had quit years ago due to online cheating and was very discouraged. Go Magic web site is just great and packed with useful videos and puzzles to help get better. Thanks

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