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The Game of Go: The National Game of Japan Paperback – December 15, 1989

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About the Author

Arthur Smith, the author, was one of the first Westerners to make a scientific study of the game of Go, and his classic work has never been surpassed for completeness, lucidity, and all-round excellence.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1st Tuttle Ed edition (December 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804802025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804802024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,237,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compared to the introductory books on Go written by professional players such as Janice Kim, Kaoru Iwamoto and Cho Chikun (and my apologies to anyone I left out), this book falls short in every important way. Somewhere inside it is everything a first book on Go should have, but the presentation is tedious and windy.
A century ago, this book and those like it were the only resources available to Westerners learning Go. Today, there are far better books on the market. Buy some of them.
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I enjoyed this book for the historical trivia it contains as well as the authentic Japanese terms. However, as a pratical tool for Go Beginners, most Westerners will have trouble with this one. If you are familiar with Go, and of Dan level you will most likely enjoy the later problems (which are very complex).

In all fairness, I think some reviewers have judged this book too harshly. Taking into account the time the book was first published and the lack of go material available then, this book does an adequate job in what it sets out to do: inform Westerners about Go. It is a pity that it is written more like a college essay than a book, and never really expresses the passion that Go players feel for this game.
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There are some very good insightful books about Go. This is not one of them. It was written in a time when there were really no good Western Go players. This book muddles the game and loses sight of the key elements. Look for other, better books on the subject.
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The Game of Go by Arthur Smith is not a good choice for getting someone started in the game. The examples are of poor quality and confusing. Like the book by Lasker this is primarily of historic interest - it was written many years ago before good introductory books were available. Better to start with Go for Beginners by Iwamoto or the introductory series by Janice Kim. Also the beginning book by Cho Chikun. For teaching young children look at Milton Bradley's book (the go player, not the game company).
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