Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
38 Basic Joseki (Elementary Go Series, Vol. 2) (Ekementary Go Series) Paperback – January, 1998
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
In the game of go, the opening moves focus on the corners of the board. Over the thousands of years of go playing, this aspect of the game has been intensively studied and a large number of opening formulas, or josekis, have been discovered and refined. Every go player needs to have a working knowledge of the basic ones.
38 Basic Joseki cuts incisively through the labyrinth of joseki to give the reader a solid grounding in the subject.
Working steadily out from the 3–3 point to the 4–5 point, it surveys the principal variations of the 38 most common corner patterns, pointing out the key ideas in each and showing the reader how to choose and use josekis in relation to other stones on the board.
About the Author
Kiyoshi Kosugi was born in 1939 in Tokyo into a large, go-playing family. His parents and all six of his brothers and sisters know how to play go, and three of them---his father, mother, and younger brother---are professional go players. Under his father's tutelage, he became a professional shodan in 1957, reached 2-dan the next year, and 3-dan the year after that. In 1967 he took second place in the second division of the Oteai tournament, which determines a professional player's rank, and was promoted to 5-dan. In 1979 he came in second in the 23rd Prime Minister's Cup. He became 8-dan in 1991. Besides go, he likes to read and play mah jong. He lives with his wife and family in Chiba Prefecture. James Davies was born in 1945 in Philadelphia. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1967 and entered graduate school at the University of Washington, only to have a mathematics professor interest him in the game of go. In 1970 he came to Japan, where his go playing has advanced to the amateur 6-dan level.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Needless to say, this book would have been useless to me if I was a slightly weaker player (weak as I am) and were I not ready for some DISCIPLINE, working over and over at combinations and trying to learn how to read. This series is, in general, commendable for that level of play and thinking about Joseki, in the way described here, improved my game across the board. Certainly knocked my game up several stones. Good for early intermediate players who are ready to study; great in combination with Ishigure's "In the Beginning".
There are much more modern books on joseki, but this book provides a solid overview. I also recommend reading the information on Gobase dot org, look on the left, under Browsing, and then Joseki for their list of 25 important joseki. After that, use this book to explain why, and when, the 25 joseki on that site are useful.
Otherwise this is a great book with a lot of rereading value, although it is somewhat difficult and dense for beginners. It also has a good bit more pages than the first book in the series, which is fantastic. Fantastic reading, but it may be hard to consume for anyone under 20 kyu.
After a while, I came back and bought this book. While some of the other reviewers have downrated this book for covering only a limited set of joskei, I found that to be precisely what I needed.
By sticking with a set of the most basic joseki, I find that I get less overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities, and I also find that the book is able to spend more time explaning each one. This gives me more of a chance to grasp the underlying concepts. It's less of a reference book and more of a textbook.
So, I plan to come back to the more complete reference books later. But when you're just trying to get your hands around the material, this is the place to start.