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Go for Beginners Paperback – March 12, 1977
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Eventually, I did in fact absorb all this material, even without a mentor to help my play along. With the benefit of hindsight, however, I find Janice Kim's "Learn To Play Go" series much, much easier to digest at the beginner level. True, Iwamoto covers in one book what Kim covers in four, but the first two suffice to get you rolling without banging your head against the wall (important if we're going to spread the GOspel throughout the West).
Part I provides an amazingly clear explanation of the rules. Part II explains the basic strategy and tactics necessary to play an opponent and understand what you are doing. The only serious alternative, Janice Kim's series of volumes, moves at a snail's pace ideal for people unused to playing other strategy games (for example, chess). Although Kaoru Iwamoto wrote this book in the 1970's, it has the look and feel of a work written in the 1990's. You will be captivated and inspired to pursue the game further.
Incidentally, beginners in search of Go opponents should take advantage of the free real-time services on the Internet. You can watch games between world-class players or challenge any of hundreds of ranked opponents. Along with buying this book, I recommend visiting IGS Panda Net, registering yourself, and downloading gGo and GNU Go.
What I liked most about the book was that the chapters were broken up by problem sections which tested one's understanding of the material just covered.
If you can tough-out this work, you are probably Shodan material, but, if it proves too daunting, fall-back to Kim or Chikun. Then, after it all makes sense to you, revisit Iwamoto; the insights of a 9-Dan are invaluable to any player.
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I recently became interested the Asian strategy game of GO and even though the set had an instruction manual I ordered two books to increase my knowledge. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Joseph J. Truncale
The explanations can be confusing, otherwise fair book for learning the game.Published 1 month ago by Lorenzo D. Garcia
Much less interesting than Cho Chikun's intro book. Somewhat fast paced, but just couldn't keep my attention. A bit too dated for modern readers.Published 3 months ago by K. Liang
The book says it is for beginners, but it doesn't seem like it. First page (skipping the intro) goes into the game itself by showing various moves without explaining how to play... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Super Nerd
I have loved this game ever since my grandmother taught it to me when i was 10 years old, still it is useful to have an in depth instructional strategy book and this is great for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ernie
The product is great, you just have to concentrate on the game itself. Also see my review for the board and convex stones.Published 7 months ago by AJ
If you are considering a more serious aproach to the game, then this is the book you are looking for. Great concepts, great examples. Very clear and organized. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Samuel Gines