Description: The Workshop Lectures Volume 3 is part a series of lectures given by Yilun Yang (7P) at workshops in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The topics covered include: “Playing the Opening,” “Developments Around the 4-4 Point,” “Punishing Weak Groups Directly,” “Using Forcing Moves,” and “Handling Weak Stones.”
Title, The Workshop Lectures (Volume 3)
Series, The Workshop Lectures
Author, Yilun Yang (7P)
Publisher, Slate & Shell
Length, 76 Pages
- Playing the Opening
- Developments Around the 4-4 Point
- Punishing Weak Groups Directly
- Using Forcing Moves
- Handling Weak Stones
- A mid-high SDK (single digit kyu) who has read his fair share of books and has a decent foundation of most areas in go.
- Since these are written to be more of a “workshop” format, I was looking forward to a new style of writing along with a refreshing perspective on some common questions that most players might have.
What did I enjoy about the book?
- As usual, Yang continues to breakdown topics into simple explanations that I could easily understand.
- The topics are extremely relevant to the average player since a majority of go literature assumes that the reader is already familiar and well versed in these basic concepts.
- Yang usually has a checklist of questions for each section to remind the reader of the important things to remember.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- A much better understanding of how to evaluate whether a group is weak or not.
- Better grasp on what forcing moves are. Though applying it is still rather hazy for me.
What style of teaching does the book use?
* Topics of broken down into its simplest format and represents more of an outline than a thorough textbook.
Primary Learning Mechanism:
* Explanations with accompanying diagrams
Other Learning Mechanisms:
* Practice problems
What aspect can be improved on?
- Though the examples can be helpful, I found that they slightly overwhelming after some time since I am still having issues actually understanding the concept solidly. A good example of this is whether or not a forcing move is good or bad. I have a general idea, but that’s all. So before I get into the weeds of how to use it, it would have been better to have more basic practice questions.
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. The explanations are concise and the accompanying diagrams are often no more than a few moves long.
- Breaks down topics into really easy to understand explanations.
- Has a lot of valuable content for such a short book!
- Worth every penny you spend on it!
In this volume, I found that the sections on the opening were a little harder to grasp. This is probably due to the fact that the nature of the opening is rather vast and thus trying to condense it down into a few pages is rather difficult. The forcing move section was also a little bit tough for me to really grab hold of as well. I imagine this is due to the fact that the whole concept of “timing” in go is not so easily summed up in a few pages. On the other hand though, I was very impressed by the sections regarding weak groups. And in my opinion, those two sections make the entire book worth purchasing.
- Players who are 10 kyu or stronger.
- Players who want guidelines on how to handle the topics covered in the book.
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- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 1
- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 2
- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 3
- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 4
- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 5
- The Workshop Lectures - Volume 6
Last Updated on August 22nd, 2013