|Quest of the lost systems|
|Chapter Two: Furibisha|
|Section 5: Masuda-shiki Ishida-ryu|
Moves afterwards: (from white)
Nx2e; Rx2e, B*1f; Bx3b+, Bx2e; +B-4c, L*5b;
+Bx3d, Bx3d; R*3a, R*6i; N*7e, Rx4i+; L*8c, K-9c;
The standard formation of the Tateishi-ryu now seldom appears in professional
games, for the furi-bisha player does not push up his Pawn to 4e, unless
he makes sure that the opponent shifts the right Gold to 5h. The system
may have baffled ibisha players at first, but they no longer appear to be
caught off base these days. Rather, the system itself seems to be fully
analysed and dealt with. Another factor which made the Tateishi style less
popular is that furi-bisha lovers of today are not intimidated by the ibisha-anaguma
like they used to. Instead, they regard the once dreaded water-tight formation
as something vulnerable enough to be broken down through the far right attack.
Now it looks like the system is in danger of getting obsolete.
The current records of ibisha anaguma vs furi-bisha games show that furi-bisha
players invariably attack along the far right file. This must be correlated
with the recent trend of the rising furi-bisha popularity. It can be recapitulated
that furi-bisha players of today just stick to the very basics, and don't
resort to a surprise attack.
The advent of the Tateishi-ryu gave another choice for the fourth-file Rook
players to keep the left Silver in its original position, at 3a, so that
they can move the Pawn to 4e for the Tateishi formation when possible. However,
those attack-oriented furi-bisha, like the third-file Rook Ishida-ryu, the
fifth-file Rook, or the opposing Rook (mukai-bisha), seem to be dormant
at the moment. Both Masuda-shiki and Tateishi-ryu are regarded nowadays
just as a possible strategy in quick games.
(End of the chapter "Masuda-shiki Ishida-ryu")