|A stylish way to play your stones|
|Hold the stone between your index and middle fingers.
|How do people actually hold the stones when they play Go?
You often see a beginner holding the stones between his thumb and index finger.
|This is not vitally important, but there is a more elegant way of holding the stones.|
|First, take a stone from the bowl with your thumb and index (or middle) finger, transfer it to between the index and middle fingers, then place it on the board.|
|(Grip the stone with your middle finger on top and the index finger underneath.)
|With the fingertips stretched out straight, this looks stylish.
Not only does this elegant way of holding the stone look good, it's also said to have a good effect on the brain.
|A smooth, confident way of playing the stones makes the player look strong.
There are some technicians who try to deceive their opponents by a stylish or perhaps even a purposely strange grip that belies their real strength, but usually you can tell someone's strength by the way they hold the stone.