Quest of the lost systems

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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")

Takako Noda

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