- Series: Elementary Go Series (Book 1)
- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Kiseido Publishing Company; 3 edition (June 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4906574106
- ISBN-13: 978-4906574100
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the Beginning: The Opening in the Game of Go (Elementary Go Series) (Volume 1) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Ikuro Ishigure was born in 1942 in Gifu, Japan. In 1955 he entered the go school of Minoru Kitani, 9-dan and lived there for the next five years, becoming a professional shodan at the age of seventeen and 9-dan in 1984. His promotion record is: In 1968 he gained a place in the 24th Honinbo League, and in 1974 he won the upper division of the Nihon Ki-in Oteai (ranking) tournament. His hobbies include skiing, table-tennis, and sports in general.
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* 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. :(
great book for new player that never played be for
I will be using this more as a reference, and am re-reading Cho Chikun's "GO: A Complete Introduction the the Game" first.
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