Archive: undefined/2014

Book Review: The Road Map to Shodan, Volume 2

The Basic Principles of the Opening and the Middle Game

Description: “In this book, 20 basic principles are presented. Each principle is accompanied by numerous examples and each section is followed by problems in which the application of these principles is required to solve them. The intuition of the novice player who studies the principles, examples, and problems presented in this book will quickly rise to the level of an expert go player.”

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Archive: undefined/2013

Book Review: The Endgame

The Endgame Cover

Description: In this installment of the Elementary Go Series, Ogawa and Davies attempts to lay out the basic tactics, strategies, and techniques required to fully master the endgame. While an excellent reference for players with an understanding of endgame, this may prove to be slightly advanced for someone brand new to endgame.

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Book Review: The Direction of Play

Book Details

Title, The Direction of Play
Author, Takeo Kajiwara
Translators, John Fairbairn and The Ishi Press Staff
Publisher, Kiseido
Published, “1st Edition - March 1979”
Language, English
ISBN, 978-4-896574-26-2
Length, 250 Pages

Table of Content

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Direction of Play in the Opening: The Corner Stones
  • Chapter 2: The Early Stages Are Decisive
  • Chapter 3: Move Two Lost This Game
  • Chapter 4: The Professional Approach
  • Chapter 5: The Direction of Play and Joseki
  • Chapter 6: Once Upon a Game
  • Chapter 7: Test Yourself
  • Chapter 8: The Direction of Play for Fighting

Synopsis

  1. An excellent, although a bit advanced, book on direction of play.
  2. Fills a much needed gap in understanding the opening and fuseki as a whole.
  3. Requires a basic understanding of whole board thinking to really appreciate and understand the explanations.

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Book Review: Positional Judgment

Overall Rating: 9 / 10 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: Positional Judgment: High-Speed Game Analysis
  • Author: Cho Chikun
  • Publisher: Kiseido
  • Publication Date: December 1989
  • Page Length: 182 pages

Synopsis

  • A great book on positional judgment when it comes to whole board thinking.
  • Utilizes multiple choice questions along with example games to help illustrate his points.
  • Requires a basic level of endgame sequences for the estimations to make sense.
  • Appropriate for 6 kyu and stronger.
  • Recommended for serious players.

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Book Review: The Chinese Opening (Kato)

Overall Rating: 9 / 10 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: The Chinese Opening: The Sure-Win Strategy
  • Author: Masao Kato (translated by Steve Lloyd)
  • Publisher: Kiseido
  • Publication Date: May 1989
  • Page Length: 145 pages

Synopsis

  • An in-depth explanation of the Chinese fuseki.
  • Covers a lot of various scenarios that players might encounter when trying to play the Chinese fuseki.
  • Appropriate for 8 kyu and stronger.
  • Recommended for serious players.

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Book Review: The Basics of Go Strategy

Overall Rating: 5 / 5 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: Mastering the Basics, Volume 5 - The Basics of Go Strategy
  • Author: Richard Bozulich
  • Publisher: Kiseido
  • Publication Date: January 2007
  • Page Length: 216 pages
  • Number of Problems: 101

Synopsis

  • Fantastic overview to concepts that many beginners should be exposed to early on in their study of go.
  • This is a hybrid book that consists of theory along with actual problems.
  • Content is appropriate for 18 kyu and stronger.
  • Problems are appropriate for 9k and above.
  • Highly recommended for serious players.

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Archive: undefined/2012

Book Review: The Second Book of Go

Cover of The Second Book of Go

Overall Rating: 5 / 5 Ponnuki

Basic Information

  • Title: The Second Book of Go
  • Author: Richard Bozulich
  • Publication Date: January 1998

Synopsis

  • Lives up to your expectations of being the “second book” of go that you’d like to have after learning the rules, but it may be overwhelming for the casual player.
  • Covers a wide array of vital topics that really makes it worthwhile to purchase.
  • Do not expect to grasp everything the first time you read this book.
  • Appropriate for 18 kyu and stronger.
  • Recommended for serious players and above.

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Archive: undefined/2010

Company Review: Kiseido

If you order straight from the publisher Kiseido, you’ll find that the price for a lot of books (that aren’t available on Amazon) are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper for a BRAND NEW copy. For all those who are skeptical about ordering from Kiseido, I went ahead and ordered the first two volumes to test it out. Here are my observations:

  1. The ordering and payment process does seem kind of sketchy.

  2. The e-mail confirmation looks terrible (like one giant text blob).

  3. There was no tracking number that was given.

  4. Shipping was $3.50 for me.

Was I worried? Absolutely. Except I had to find out how reliable this would be, and here are my findings:

  1. Ordered on August 12th, and it came in the mail on August 21st! It may be a little over a week, but it was fast to me considering the fact that it was coming all the way from Japan and shipping was only $3.50.

  2. Books were protected well and were in great condition when they arrived.

  3. Verdict: Although I had my skepticism and it didn’t have a tracking number, 100% TOTALLY WORTH IT.

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