Description: Essential Life & Death 3 is part of the Essential Life & Death Series that is used as workbooks in private go schools in Korea. Though it might be seen as an addendum to the Level Up Series, it certainly can be used as a standalone product for anyone looking to study life and death.
Title, Essential Life & Death 3
Author, Lee Jae-Hwan
Translators, Lee Seong-Geun & Daniela Trinks
Published, “July 8th, 2009”
Length, 168 Pages
- Rectangular Six in the Corner
- Rectangular Six in the Corner with One Liberty
- Recangular Six in the Corner with Two Liberties
- Rectangular Six at the Side
- Rectangular Six at the Side with One Cutting Point
- Rectangular Six at the Side with One Cutting Point - Life
- Making the Rectangular Six at the Side
- 1st Review
- The 2-2-2 Shape 1
- 2-2-2 Shape with One Cutting Point
- 2-2-2 Shape with a Liberty
- 2-2-2 Shape - Corner Specialty
- The 2-2 Shape
- Paired Moves (Miai) Tesuji
- The Box Shape
- Box Shape with Hane + Liberty
- 1-2 Vital Point
- 2nd Review
- Life & Death in the Corner 1
- Reserve the Dansu (Atari)
- Large Diagonal Placement
- Finding the Vital Point
- Placement After Reduction 1
- Placement After Reduction 2
- 3rd Review
- Life & Death at the Side
- Life & Death at the Side with Hane
- Take Your time Even If It Is Urgent
- Playing Inside at the Vital Point
- Vital Point at the Center of Three Stones 1
- Life & Death of 3-3 Invasions
- Life & Death After 3-3 Invasions - When There is a Liberty
- Don’t Let the Eye Space be Increased!
- Diagonal Teusji
- 4th Review
- Tiger’s Mouth or Stretching Connection?
- When There is a Hane
- Life & Death After Invasions
- Sente Gains Nothing
- 5th Review
- 1000 Year Pae (Ko)
- When There is a Liberty
- When There is a First Line Stone 1
- When There is a First Line Stone 2
- Throw-in and Then Placement
- Cut and Then Placement
- 6th Review
- Rectangular Six in the Corner
- Rectangular Six: Life by Accident / Capturing Method
- Rectangular Six: When There is a Liberty
- Rectangular Six: When There is a Stone
- Beware of & Making the Rectangular Six
- Rectangular Six: When There is a Hane
- Belly Attachment
- 7th Review
- The 2-2-2 Shape 2
- 2-2-2 Shape 2 with a Liberty
- 2-2-2 Shape 2 with 2 Liberties
- 2-2-2 Shape with a Liberty Elsewhere
- Vital Point at the Center of Three Stones 2
- Difference of One Liberty
- 8th Review
- Clamp Tesuji
- Placement after Reduction 3
- First Line Tesuji 2
- Life & Death After a Blockade
- Life & Death in the Corner 2
- Hane Twice
- Hane Twice - with a Liberty
- 9th Review
- Life & Death in the Corner 3
- Life & Death in the Corner 3 with a Liberty
- Life & Death in the Corner 4
- Using a Sacrifice
- First Line Tesuji 3
- Bent Four in the Corner
- 10th Review
- Final Test
- As a mid to high SDK (single digit kyu), the problems gave me a lot more difficulty this time around.
- Presents a lot of new shapes that I previously would have assumed was hopeless.
- Continues to live up to the high quality of problems that you come to expect from this series.
I’ve studied my fair share of life and death and can confidently say that I have a SDK (single digit kyu) level of life and death.
In general, I would say that I have always preferred learning through experience. Though in all honesty, after finishing the second volume, I was skeptical of how far I could really get in this book.
What did I enjoy about the book?
- Though my inability to progress very far was slightly depressing, I was happy to see that there was still a lot of room for me to grow and improve my life and death skills.
- The drill seargent routine is great because I have multiple opportunities to get exposure to moves I would have never considered before.
- There is a huge focus on shapes that players don’t normally study: rectangular six and 2-2-2. In addition, these shapes are dissected to a very detailed level. Example: Rectangular six with one outside liberty versus two liberties.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- A broader perspective on the different variations that can arise from life and death postiions.
- A better grasp on techniques used to either kill or save a group.
- Moderate improvement in my reading abilities. (This is only due to the speed at which I was going through problems. Anyone who diligently studies each problem to mastery will most likely gain a significant boost to their reading ability).
What style of teaching does the book use?
* Content is organized into lessons, topics, or themes in order to facilitate learning.
* Practice problems
What aspect can be improved on?
- I felt that the problems got a lot more difficult very quickly. However, this should be taken with a grain of salt since there is a good chance that the reader is supposed to already have a more solid reading ability than I have before working on this book.
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. Unless you can’t read English, it really doesn’t get any simpler.
Compared to 1001 Life and Death Problems, this series does a better job hand-holing players new to life and death through the basic shapes and variations. On the other hand, I would say that in terms of polishing a player’s life and death skills, 1001 Life and Death Problems is still highly recommended. So to clarify, neither one trumps the other. Both can provide great value to a player’s life and death abilities.
While Life and Death does a great job providing a broad survey of different shapes through explanations and accompanying practice problems, this series uses the “learn it through experience” methodology. Though they may overlap on a good deal of material, I believe that they complement one another and would both be of great use to serious players wanting to improve their life and death.
- Players looking to improve their life and death skills.
- People who prefer to learn through experience rather than explanations.
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Last Updated on July 18th, 2013