Sunday, January 2, 2011

the divine move

i know a lot of the go players in the Humboldt go club have asked what the divine move it here you go

A divine move is a truly inspired and original move in a game of Go. A divine move should be a non-obvious move which balances strategy and tactics to turn a losing game into a winning game. Divine move is singular—they are of such rarity that a full-time go player might be lucky to play a single such move in his or her lifetime.

The Divine Move is used in Go teaching as a motivation to look again at positions in games and consider not just the obvious moves but the less obvious and more innovative as well, in particular tenuki.

An example of one such divine move might be seen in the ear reddening move played by Honinbo Shusaku in 1846, during what is considered to be his most famous game.

From the Japanese 神の一手 "Kami no Itte" ("hand of god")

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