This piece is prompted by an article in the latest Gekkan Go World by the Tengen Kono Rin, right. He describes new developments in the Chinese fuseki. What is especially interesting is that he launches at once into a variation called the Fighting Chinese style - a sign perhaps that the Japanese are beginning to get to grips with the more belligerent kind of go now required for success at international level.
The article is actually called Adapting to Circumstances in the Latest Chinese Fuseki, a rather ponderous pun (臨機応変) on Kono's unusual personal name, Rin 臨. It prompted us to do some database research. We stick with the fighting theme and refer you to the original for the heavy detail for it may be worth noting in passing that Gekkan Go World has settled down into a top-notch magazine, especially for kyu players. In our view it has overtaken China's Weiqi Tiandi, which is still good but has recently lost focus a little. We mention that partly because all go publications seem to be having a tough time lately as more and more people come to believe everything should be available free on the internet.
You may recall that Kido in Japan, Weiqi in China and the weekly go newspaper in Korea were all early casualties of the internet. Korea has just (February 2007) reported a sharp downturn in go clubs. Go publications are obliged to adapt to circumstances like everyone else, but you may wish to ponder whether they also need your support.
Anyway, back to our muttons. Kono points out that the Chinese fuseki is showing signs of a revival of interest among professionals. It has never really gone away. But the new fuseki is not the 5-move version of old. It is what might be called, in chess parlance, the Chinese Fuseki Deferred. A specific example is:
The essential point is that, before making the enclosure at 3 as in the standard Chinese fuseki, Black first undertakes some business in the lower left with a view to helping himself in the ensuing fight in the lower right.