- Series: Beginner and Elementary Go Books
- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Kiseido Publishing Company; 2 edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4906574319
- ISBN-13: 978-4906574315
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
The chapters on capturing races were very good; these alone are worth the price of the book. I usually avoid rote memorization (EG, I find joseki study boring), but the six types of capturing races seemed quite worth committing to memory, so I did.
(nearly?) every chapter has recommendations on books to read for further study of the subject covered by that chapter.
If you're serious about go, I'd recommend something else as a first book (of course), but it'd be a good idea to make this your second - read concurrently with the first two volumes of Kano's "Graded Go Problems for Beginners".
Two chapters on capturing races(seki or death of one of opposing groups neither of which can make two eyes) from British Go Journal by Richard Hunter, appear in this new edition. These are excellent. Even some 5kyu+ players aren't aware of the drastic difference in tactics to be adopted for all varieties of races. All possibilities are explained in detail.
The chapter on Attack & Defense and Handicap Go are also very useful.
There is a section on the opening that is a little too basic for my taste, and the same can be said for the last section of the book, which deals with ko. I enjoyed the chapter on handicap go, not so much because I play games with high handicaps, but because many of the recommendations can be applied in your even games. Josekis, tesujis and attacking as a means to gain territory were also good sections.
Finally, I found a little disparity between Life & Death and Shape, where the concepts were way too basic, and The Endgame, were it went overly complex. I am 7k in KGS, and the material on the endgame was way over my head. I understood the basic ideas, but when the author gives you a position and tells you to find the next 15 moves, something is not right.
Anyway, overall it is a very useful book, but it does have its faults. Still, it fills a void that not many other books address, which is the jump between beginner and strong kyu player, and the information on capturing races is top notch.
Despite its title, I found it an excellent third book, and it definitely required more than a simple knowledge of the rules, despite its subtitle. I'll be digesting the contents of this book for quite a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first book (or pamphlet) is about the basic movement. After that comes "The Second Book Of Go". I got my copy from my shodan sensei. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Bret Blakeslee
I think this book fits its title very well indeed - its a great little book. I found the chapter on counting liberties to be invaluable, along with several other insights that the... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Toby Ferguson
This book is very good for a beginner who understands the basics (territory, keeping connected, etc.) and learns quickly. It is understandable. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by David Spector
The Second Book of Go (Beginner and Elementary Go Books) by Richard Bozulich bridges the gap between books for rank beginners and those for more experienced players. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Su Co