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Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go (Beginner and Elementary Go Books) Paperback – May, 1996
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One of the things that really affected me was his talk about ladders. He says that everyone should go back to this and learn to work them out in their head, even when it means thinking 30 or so moves in advance. For the lazy (which includes most of us), he say's he'll grab us by the scruff of the neck and smack some sense into us showing that we CAN solve these things and not to try to rely on tricks or formulas.
We are provided with easy-to-follow instruction and guided problems in chapters on Life and Death, Ladders (including spiral ladders); Territory and Spheres of Influence; How to study Joseki; Good Shape and Bad; Endgame Pointers; and my favorite, Tesuji (snap-backs and the like).
Kageyama also gives us a general feel for how the stones 'move' on the board, and the direction of play. These Lessons, and his writing style, combine with anecdotes from his professional career and television appearances to make this a wholly enjoyable book.
More on his style: The effect of Kageyama's writing is as if he's right there with you; very conversational. He will encourage and support, but he will also slap your hand if you are not paying attention. Make no mistake, his sole intention is that you express yourself, get better, and have fun along the way.
Beginners around 20 kyu and below:
You may want to concentrate on learning the alphabet, so to speak. But you should know that this book has some very simple 'words'. As soon as you feel comfortable playing on a 19x19 board, then find this book.
I guess it will be good to learn the basic rule of the Go game and then play for a while. (may be a hundred game), then start reading this book. Then you can get the most out of it. (I believe Kageyama himself has suggested us to play for many games to get the feeling first. He mentioned player usually meet barrier at around 11-13kyu, 5-6kyu and 1-2kyu. So I guess if one train up to around 15kyu and then start reading this book, it will be very useful. And then review the book once a while. Get the fundamental idea in your mindset. And you will find Go even more interesting
The book also covers strategic principles, typical endgame play (and a common mistake by handicap takers), josekis (corner openings).
Of course, in such a game full of complex possibilities, books can't solve everything. For example, I presume it requires experience way beyond his book to know whether a move is "proper" or "slack".
I suggest this book to anyone who wants to keep playing go. It may not be useful at the time you get it, but keep skimming through and I gaurantee you will find useful information along the way.
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The author spends a surprising amount of time berating and ridiculing bad moves without offering any explanation for why a move is so bad. Read morePublished 4 days ago by The Hun
Very approachable for a beginner, like me. It stresses the fundamentals, which I didn't know yet.Published 6 months ago by cody
Outstanding book for Go players who have learned the rules of gameplay, played 50 – 100 games, and are looking to improve their skills. Read morePublished 10 months ago by mofo83
This is a classic Go book. I had lost a small, worn copy which I dearly missed, and am grateful to have a new one to break in. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Melek Crescent
My favorite thing about this book is the style. It talks directly to the reader as if the reader were questioning what they were being taught. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jason M.
Just as each go player has his or her preferred strategies, there is probably a book out there tailored to every type of go player. Read morePublished 15 months ago by W. Loucks
I love this book! It will really help improve your go game. Be sure to read it slow and practice what you learn as you learn it.Published 16 months ago by Keith Wagner