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Nice Kikashi (13.51)

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Chuck: DeGiulio knows about our informant.

Bryan: Of course he does. I told him.

Chuck: Why the fuck did you…

Bryan: I-I-I heard from some guys in his office that he was still considering pulling the thing from us. He was wondering about our ability to close. So I let it leak that we were closer than anyone knew.

Chuck: Nice Kikashi.

Bryan: How the fuck do you know what a kikashi…

Chuck: You don't have to live in Asia to play a little Go. Okay. Okay, this we can work with…


Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia.

Literally meaning 'an enlivenment', Kikashi is a forcing move, usually one made outside the primary flow of play. Unlike sente, though, a move is kikashi when it yields a high efficiency in play by forcing the opponent to abandon a course of action. A kikashi stone will usually be sacrificed while conferring an advantage; for example, the kikashi stone could act as a ladder breaker or destroy the opponent's potential eyeshape, while the answering move has no value at all. Moves can be kikashi, or not, depending on whether they are answered with appropriate sophistication or not. If the answering move strengthens the position, then the play is not kikashi but aji keshi (ruining one's own potential).