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Go for Beginners Paperback – March 12, 1977
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Eventually, I did in fact absorb all this material, even without a mentor to help my play along. With the benefit of hindsight, however, I find Janice Kim's "Learn To Play Go" series much, much easier to digest at the beginner level. True, Iwamoto covers in one book what Kim covers in four, but the first two suffice to get you rolling without banging your head against the wall (important if we're going to spread the GOspel throughout the West).
Part I provides an amazingly clear explanation of the rules. Part II explains the basic strategy and tactics necessary to play an opponent and understand what you are doing. The only serious alternative, Janice Kim's series of volumes, moves at a snail's pace ideal for people unused to playing other strategy games (for example, chess). Although Kaoru Iwamoto wrote this book in the 1970's, it has the look and feel of a work written in the 1990's. You will be captivated and inspired to pursue the game further.
Incidentally, beginners in search of Go opponents should take advantage of the free real-time services on the Internet. You can watch games between world-class players or challenge any of hundreds of ranked opponents. Along with buying this book, I recommend visiting IGS Panda Net, registering yourself, and downloading gGo and GNU Go.
What I liked most about the book was that the chapters were broken up by problem sections which tested one's understanding of the material just covered.
If you can tough-out this work, you are probably Shodan material, but, if it proves too daunting, fall-back to Kim or Chikun. Then, after it all makes sense to you, revisit Iwamoto; the insights of a 9-Dan are invaluable to any player.
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I have loved this game ever since my grandmother taught it to me when i was 10 years old, still it is useful to have an in depth instructional strategy book and this is great for... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ernie
The product is great, you just have to concentrate on the game itself. Also see my review for the board and convex stones.Published 1 month ago by AJ
If you are considering a more serious aproach to the game, then this is the book you are looking for. Great concepts, great examples. Very clear and organized. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samuel Gines
Get a go board, and buy this book and your well set for a lifetime of a game that is easy to learn. But no computer can beast the best players.Published 6 months ago by MASTERMAT
start with this book, you have a lot to learn. i love it, i can always go back to it and study it againPublished 7 months ago by Naser Alsulaihim
It worked well for me!! Simple and easy to read and apply to this complicated yet interesting game..Published 9 months ago by Terence Brazil
My adult son wanted to learn how to play this game and this book was PERFECT! It's easy to read and well written. Definitely worth the price!Published 10 months ago by Erin Mercer