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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805309555
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805309551
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Long on May 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was delighted to read Beginning Go by Peter Shotwell and Susan Long. As a teacher of Go at a middle school, I work with students who are just getting interested in the game. It was thrilling to read a book truly geared toward the "beginner" student. Many resource books are very good but are too far advanced and intimidating for an out right beginning student of Go. Shotwell and Long have done what others have attempted to do, by giving a concise introduction to and an understandable, uncomplicated explanation of the basic concepts of the game. Each chapter has several simple exercises that allow the student to master the basics before moving onto the next concept. Beginning Go has now become our recommended book for beginning students in the club. After reading this book, students are no longer intimidated or frustrated with learning a beautiful game that they will come to enjoy for a lifetime.
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.
Jeff Long (no relation!)
Asheville, North Carolina
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James B. Byers on February 27, 2008
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This book did everything that it set out to do, especially concerning the main reason that I and two friends gave up the game years ago--how to tell when it's over! It also doesn't waste a lot of space with problems that can easily be found at goproblems.com and other places. Instead it organized my thinking about them. And it also got us playing on bigger boards very quickly. I think it would be really good for teaching children, too. Thanks, Mr. Shotwell! We're really enjoying the game now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire Ritter on March 28, 2008
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Thanks to the authors--they have finally unlocked the mysteries of go for me who is interested in Asian culture and tried other books and the Internet. They use the Stone Counting Method which is much clearer than the traditional methods for keeping score and deciding who won, and also answers all those questions that are involved (meaning what groups are alive and dead and why). Also, the book provided a great way for me to go from smaller boards to bigger ones by using the latest Korean advances put into a comprehensible fashion. This is the book if you want to learn how to play!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Carpenter on January 22, 2011
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I'll give you the short review followed by the long review.

The Short Reveiw:

The short of it is, if you're a beginning Go player and you are looking for your first book on the game of Go, this book is horrible. Of the few Go books for beginners that I've read (or at the very least flipped through), I've found Learn to Play Go: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game (Volume I) (Learn to Play Go Series) to be the best one. I'll tell you why in the longer review.

Now here's the Long Review:

This book fails at achieving its aim, and I'll tell you why. But first, a little bit about my situation. The first seed of the idea of Go came for me while walking through Thornes' Market in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. I think it was around the mid 90's. I saw a group of people playing in the common space outside of A2Z, the science, learning and game store. The look of the game alone was immediately intriguing to me. The look of the board and formations of stones were beautiful in their own right. Within the next couple of years I got some form of a Go set and my first book. At that point the internet was still developing as a place for commerce, so I went to the local bookstore Beyond Words and found the only book they had on the game of Go. It was called Go and Go-Moku, it was a book originally written in 1934 by the chess master Edward Lasker. Apparently he was one of the early advocates of Go in the United States. Maybe it was good for the time it was published in, but I found it to be somewhat dense. I don't think I ever finished the entire book. As a first book on Go I found it to be kind of tedious to pick through.
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