In the Beginning: The Opening in the Game of Go (Elementary Go Series) (Volume 1) 3rd Edition
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- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Paperback : 156 pages
- ISBN-10 : 4906574106
- ISBN-13 : 978-4906574100
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.36 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Kiseido Publishing Company; 3rd Edition (June 8, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #825,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I used the "Learn to Play Go" series by Janice Kim, which is good and I recommend. But I was still pretty much at sea in the opening until I studied this book. Now I am much more comfortable regarding how to go about selecting a good move in any given situation. To repeat something others have said - it will take more than a single pass through the book to get this material to sink in.
I find the book to be aimed at about the 10-20 kyu level, and should be useful even into single-digit kyu levels. One good piece of advice from Ishigure is not to study josekis until you are at around 9 kyu. Before that, these concepts only plus a few very common josekis that you will pick up here and there should be sufficient.
* Make Your Stones Work Together
* Play Away from Strength
* Thickness and Walls
* Open at the Bottom
* The Third Line and the Fourth
* Reverse Strategy
* Light and Heavy
* Attack and Defense
Most go books seem to present some sort of list like this, with examples to illustrate the concept. They all make perfect sense to me -- I am at the level where I can understand everything the author says (at least for these low-kyu-level books). It's so obvious once he points it out! Then I go play a game, and somehow none of these lessons seem to materialize in my own game.
Ishigure ends the book with ten opening set-ups in which the reader is asked where black or white should play next. Turn the page, and Ishigure has rated a variety of possible points to play, from 5 (reasonable choice, but not very good) to 10 (the best play). I usually got somewhere in the area of Ishigure's best choice, though I rarely chose the exact best spot.
In the Beginning is definitely a book I will have to revisit; like Kageyama's "Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go", there is too much for a beginner to take in the first time around.
This is definitely a book a beginning player should read. But man, go books are expensive -- it's a tiny little volume for the price. I guess that's because most of the best go books are translated imports. Whenever I go to a bookstore, I can find a couple shelves full of chess books, but I have yet to find a single go book. :(
I will be using this more as a reference, and am re-reading Cho Chikun's "GO: A Complete Introduction the the Game" first.
great book for new player that never played be for