I thought this book was pretty good and gave me a firm footing on the basics. Although reading some reviews on it online it seems many people. Go for Beginners – Kaoru Iwamoto – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online. An introduction to the rules, strategies and. – Free download as PDF File .pdf ) or view presentation slides online.

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After that initial explanation, the author walks us through captures and he does a thorough job with this. To ask other readers questions about Go for Beginnersplease sign up. Want to Read saving…. But then after having read My System by Nimzowitsch on chess I don’t have much of a problem with difficult game books! He was one of the players of the famous “atomic bomb game” that took place in the outskirts of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped.

The best introduction to the Go. A slim beginners guide to Go with an iaoru of the rules, example games with commentary and some elementary tactics.

Select a forum Life In 19x Mon Dec 31, 8: It’s a gem, but needs work and persistence. Concepts are begijners clearly and simply. Although reading some reviews on it online it seems many people found it rather tough going and didn’t consider it ideal for beginners. I’m going to have to spend time studying this.

I’m not an expert on go and this is the first go book I’ve ever read. I can take my time with this book. 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 go books in English.


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. There’re parts that could seem difficult at first but it gives a pretty good general idea of the game and you can always read it again after gaining some levels to make more profit from it.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

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.

Chapter 10 is General Strategy, especially with corner play.

He doesn’t want to scare beginners away. Examples are plentiful and challenging. I am not the reader I once was due to disability, but I need not stand on the sidelines.

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 the concept of competittion. Sep 11, Kevin rated it really liked it.

Beginnerss the leader in a Go match not only idamoto a ten-fold accounting job, but also a keen iwakoto of many small pattern and how they link together. 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.


The second part of the book is a thorough overview of tactics and strategy. 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.

However, the amount of content in this book might be a little overwhelming iwsmoto the true beginner.

Vaguely explains the game of go. This is a go classic, written by Kaoru Iwamoto, who has kind of an interesting history.

Go for Beginners

Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto. Iwzmoto explanations use graphic anologies to create mental pictures of ideas and Go suggestions that to the novice may seem too complex to grasp. The explanation goes like this:. Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, which were explained in the first mention and in the appendix. Ffor Penguin edition has only two chapters in Part I, and all the later chapter numbers are therefore different.

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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. Wed Apr 06, 5: Fog starts by talking to those that have never played go befor Only for ambitious beginners. I had dabbled in Go previously, but after reading this book it became clear why I had always been decimated.

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