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Product Details

  • Series: Learn to Play Go
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (December 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146804897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468048971
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Learn to Play Go is] by far the clearest English-language introduction yet published. --Games Magazine

About the Author

Janice Kim was born in Illinois in 1969. She became the first female student at the Korean Go Academy and entered the professional dan ranks in Korea in 1987, the first Westerner ever to do so. She won the Fuji Women's Championship in 1984, took second place in the World Youth Championship in 1985, and third place in the EBS Cup in 1994. In 1998 she represented the US in the Bohae Cup. She was promoted to 3 dan in 2003. After graduating from New York University, Ms. Kim authored the five books of the Learn to Play Go series and founded the online Go company Samarkand. In 2008, in an effort to explore similarities in strategy games, she played in the World Poker Tour's Women's Championship in Las Vegas and placed fourth. She currently resides in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and two children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flowernoire on January 3, 2013
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I purchased all 5 volumes in the series. They are imaginative, well written, artful diagrams; large print for easy reading; concepts are organized into small segments which helps avoid information overload; concepts are repeated which helps my learning; good quality paper and binding; photos of important players are of lesser quality, and I think the books would be better without the photos, except for the photos of the authors themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on September 20, 2013
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After a great start to this series, I was somewhat disappointed with volume 3 since I thought it lacked substance. That flaw is completely corrected here. The authors provide us with a manual packed with valuable information for conducting our battles. The material is still at a beginners level, but it will probably be useful even for some single digit kyu players (at least those below 5-7 kyu).

Before jumping into the tactical section of this book, we are presented with an explanation of the important difference between invasion and reduction. This is crucial, since invading when you should reduce provides your opponent not only the opportunity to profit from killing, but also it makes your opponent strong which he can use to help other sectors of the board. Likewise, if you reduce when you should invade, you are going easy on your opponent.

Then we jump right into the battle strategies. There are a broad selection of key ideas and elements presented to the reader. These are helpful and are illustrated with nice examples. It is true, the treatment of the topics is not very deep, but it does provide a very good basis to help the beginner with getting stronger. Players stronger 5 kyu will not find any beneficial information here. I am currently 7 kyu and even though I knew most of the concepts I found some sections that helped with my understanding.

Attacking, defending and life and death are some of the key chapters here. All have clearly presented information that is valuable to the reader. I did like the chapter on ko, since it gives us clear guidance on how to approach these fights. At my level I have been guilty of avoiding ko when I am ahead in a game and ended up losing as a result.
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By SophieB. on October 10, 2014
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They have several series' available but this is one of the best. Illustrated, easily builds on one book from the next. I'm not familiar with anyone else at this point, I'm happy with this whole series of books, but it might help that the author is an American/English speaker first who then learned to play. It's a great game/hobby. There's a lot to it and manuals like this really do help
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