- Series: Beginner and Elementary Go Books
- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: Kiseido Publishing Co; 1 edition (March 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4906574505
- ISBN-13: 978-4906574506
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game (Beginner and Elementary Go Books) Paperback – March 10, 2010
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One thing especially nice about the book is that the chapters are separated by short articles describing a little of the history and culture of go and how it developed into it's current state.
The only drawbacks were that the author went a little too fast once or twice and the book lacked any questions for the reader to solve his/herself. (Well, it had three.)
The book very clearly lays out the rules of the game, most of the basic tactics, and some of the variations. It also makes clear a simple fact about Go: It doesn't take very much time to learn to play, but it probably takes a lifetime to truly master. When I finished reading the book, I truly felt I had a pretty good foundation for playing other similarly experienced players. However, I also felt that I still had a LOT to learn.
I really liked the short articles about the history of Go and the culture that has grown around it that are inserted between the chapters. They provide some context for what is being taught, and they're also a nice break in the "heavy" material.
Like all introductory books about all games, there is a drawback: There's no way to ask for more clarification or more examples. However, the pacing is good, the examples are clear, and the organization is logical.
After reading this book, you won't be a tournament-quality player. However, you will understand and enjoy the game, and you'll probably be inspired to learn more about it.
But start here, just to learn the rules and learn what the game is all about.
After that, I do NOT recommend games against other people right away. The people you play will be so strong that you'll just get frustrated, or they'll be so weak that you won't learn much, win or lose. And the games will be slow and boring. Instead, get some go computer program (preferably one that lets you take back bad moves) and learn to smash the computer, first with 9x9 games, then with 13x13 games, and then with 19x19 games. Throw in some handicap stones, too!
Then read this book again. And maybe try Janice Kim's set of introductory books next, and some of the books of graded go problems. Then try your skills against some human opponents of about 8-kyu strength.
Although this book is a introduction to the game, it is also a great help for skilled players.
It's usefull studying again the actual method and the meaning of the moves.
It is great fun reading the historical story of the Honnoji Temple affair related to the tripple ko.
Anyone of you might found it important to study the josekis and memorise them.
But I found it important to replay the actual games.
Learning all of the moves by heart, then repeat to put stones to the end of the game.
This book has an excellent example game, which was played between Cho Chikun and Kato Masao, who is a rival of Cho.
It's usefull studying and also worth learning all of the moves by heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First Go book I've read. 4 stars only because there are probably 10+ typos in it. But, most of these are not that serious (they're obvious typos); the most serious one is on page... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Arver
Simple book easy to use to understand the basics of GO. It may look simple but it is profound and reflects a deep understanding of the game.Published 5 months ago by Mangolia
I had hoped this would be super easy and clear but I'd never heard of the game until I had my son. I want to introduce him early-he is 2 1/2- so I got the book and board but while... Read morePublished 22 months ago by April Moore
My 14-year-old nephew, who had never heard of Go!, read this book while visiting over the Christmas holidays. He then beat me in three straight games. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by BobJ
This book is perfect for beginners like me and my brother. its in-depth information and pictures for playing the game is perfect. Great book!Published on December 31, 2013 by Blaine Ichigawa
I have tried several beginner books, some better than others, and some really good, however, this book by Cho Chikun trumps them all. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Sebastian Fernandez
I've read quite a few introductory go books now, so I give this book 5 stars as the best one I have found so far for its stated purpose, which is to introduce the game to a... Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by David
Just great, this book is written in a very clear way for beginners. Everybody can learn to play Go the easy way while reading this book.Published on April 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer