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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto. Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto. Go, an ancient, subtly beautiful game of territory, is the neginners game in the world still played in its original form.
This book contains its rules, techniques, a glossary of terms, and a list of international and American Go organizations. Paperbackpages. Published March 12th by Pantheon Books first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Go for Beginnersplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 22, David rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a go classic, written by Kaoru Iwamoto, who has kind of an interesting history.
He was one bfginners the players of the famous “atomic bomb game” that took place in the outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Apparently he devoted much of his later career to spreading go to the West, which is why this is one of the most well-known iwamotp books in English. Iwamoto doesn’t write with the same “personality” as Toshiro Kageyama in Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go. He doesn’t want to sc This is a go classic, written by Kaoru Iwamoto, who beginnerz kind of an interesting history.
He doesn’t want to scare beginners away. However, the amount of content in this book might be a little overwhelming for the true beginner. In its slim pages, Iwamoto goes from explaining the rules and basic principles of play to beginnerss fairly sophisticated examples of life-and-death problems and joseki, and then provides a complete analysis of two of his own games.
Nothing too advanced, but it’s kind of like taking all of Janice Kim’s Learn to Play Go series and stuffing it into one little book. If you want just one book to start learning to play go, Go for Beginners would be a good choice.
For more gradual book-learning, covering the same material but in much more detail and step-by-step, I would recommend Janice Kim’s series as a starting point. Sep 11, Sebastian rated it really liked it. Only for ambitious beginners. There are gentler books for beginners out there, such as the excellent volume one in the Learn to Play Go series by Janice Kim and Soo-hyun Jeong. Whether this book by Iwamoto is right for you or not will depend on how hard you want to work.
If you are brand new to the game and need someone to walk you step by step through all the basics with clear explanations and simple examples, this is not for you. Iwamoto starts by talking to those that have never played go befor Only for ambitious beginners. Iwamoto starts by talking to those that have never played go before.
He explains the rules of the game and the objective. Instead of going through the rules one by one in an orderly fashion, he uses a sample game to illustrate them. Whether this is the right approach or not will depend on the way in which each reader learns best. Those that like to learn hands on will love this way of teaching.
There are some comments by the author when going through this first sample game that will make no iwwmoto whatsoever to a true beginners, such as threats to the structure. After that initial explanation, the author walks us through captures and he does a thorough job with this.
Nevertheless, we once again see that he is not really willing to keep it truly simple for long. When he explains ko he jumps right into a ko fight and starts talking about using ko threats.
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Once again, this will take some work to understand for a beginner. Same as other beginner books, this one has exercises at the end of the sections, but these are not only geared towards determining if the reader understood the basics, since they typically push a little further with challenging situations.
The second part of the book goes into topics that other authors leave for a “second book” tackling topics such as loose ladders, sacrifices to gain sente, enclosures and extensions from a strategic perspective, invasions and thickness.
I hope at this point it is clear that this is a book for those that are looking for more than just a clear explanation to go out and play their first hundred games of go. This book will push you and challenge you to work hard in order to improve and start the journey to leave the beginner ranks. Therefore, whether it’s the right book for you or not will depend on what you are looking for. Apr 16, Enoch Page rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I have read this little book since I bought it new soon after it originally was published.
It took me years to comprehend its value while I missed many opportunities to dedicate myself to mastering the ancient game of Go. For more than twenty years I presumed that I knew the game but my rudimentary knowledge failed to advance until I tried to use this book again.
I am not the reader I once was due to disability, but I need not stand on the sidelines.
I can take my time with this book. Less than I have read this little book since I bought it new soon after it originally was published. Less than a single page per week or month can forge your game progress. Simple explanations use graphic anologies to create mental pictures of ideas and Go suggestions that to the novice may seem too complex to grasp.
The images of Go play found in this book may seem abstract and off-putting, but do not be dissuaded. The author shows you a Go problem, the best and worst way to solve that problem and offers you chances to practice the subtle point you just learned. Children should be taught Go in Pre-school.
Elders can keep their minds more active playing this game than playing poker, whist, spades or Mah Jong. Having a peper copy of this book by your side with a Go board in front of you allows you to practice and gain insight into some basic strategies one must know to advance as a Go game player. Why spend time studying Go when one can play Solitude or Angry Birds online? Well, if you can not set aside your gadgets, the cheapness of this book enables you to buy digital Go programs for your smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
Like chess, you can make a Go move anytime you want if playing your machine.
This freedom to play at will helps me to keep playing Go even when my concentration loses focus. Or if your mind is so sharp that it works like a steel trap, then you quickly will graduate from the Kyu-level of assistance offered in this book. You can play as fast as you like and your knowledge of the game will advance as fast as you can read more advanced books of ths quality, and as much as you spend time practicing your Go skills with shodan and dan level players who dominate this game that de-emphasizes fof concept of competittion.
Master the game of Go. Mar 13, Joe rated it liked it. Chess represents clear battle-lines; with advances and bulwarks defined visually by rank and proximity.
Go for Beginners
By contrast, Go is the board-game equivalent of a Rorschach Test, with it’s black and white stones flowing like monochromatic water into little pools and fissures. Deciphering who’s ahead in chess is usually a simple matter of counting the pieces while making dispensation for sharp attacks and ambitious pawns. Discerning the leader in a Go match not only requires a ten-fold accounting job, but Chess represents clear battle-lines; with advances and bulwarks defined visually by rank and proximity.
Discerning the leader in a Go match not only requires a ten-fold accounting job, but also a keen analysis of many small pattern and how they link together. So it was that solving the puzzles presented in Go for Beginners sometimes felt more like they were testing my intuition than my calculation and when my intuition proved correct, I was most gratified. But when my guess was off by ten intersections, it felt like those little stones had formed an impenetrable wall; for where does one turn when your intuition fails and your computation isn’t up to snuff.
The answers provided come with some analysis, but sometimes this consists mainly of a list of the followup moves as opaque in their reasoning as the first move in the sequence. But while learning the game can be as frustrating as it is fascinating, learning the game’s vocabulary and culture is a treat.
Read Go for Beginners to discover a delightfully designed system of rank and handicap, to see the strength of having two ‘eyes’, to witness the seeming contradiction that is Ko a situation of endless capture and recapture and to feel the hostile beauty of the phrase ‘me ari me nashi’ ‘I have one eye and you have none!
Jan 23, Dave rated it it was ok.
Vaguely explains the game of go. Sep 11, Kevin rated it really liked it. An excellent introduction to the classic game of go. It’s a bit dated in its style but it’s a perfectly workable first book for a novice. It’s not a long book but there is a lot packed in there. The rules of the game are presented by walking the reader through an example game, which is a nice touch. The second part of the book is a thorough overview of tactics and strategy.
Many of the exercises I think are a bit too difficult for a raw beginner, but it is worth spending time going over them any An excellent introduction to the classic game of go.
Many of the exercises I think are a bit too difficult for a raw beginner, but it is worth spending time going over them anyway. Apr 12, Hamdanil rated it really liked it Shelves: A decent beginner book on Go for me having played for a couple of weeks. Many useful concept and tactics which you probably could not come up with learning on your own.
The writer is an expert player, and though for most part he writes in simple, friendly language intended for beginners, I don’t necessarily understand all the concept he explains, especially analysis of two professional games at the end. Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, which were explained in the first mention and in the A decent beginner book on Go for me having played for a couple of weeks.
Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, which were explained in the first mention and in the appendix. Jun 22, Zacharycbruce rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my first go book, and so I owe it a lot for starting off a long time love affair.