This book is written for players who have acquired an understanding of the rules of go and some of its most elementary tactics and strategies by having read an introductory book and having played a few games We have assumed that the reader understands the terms sente and gote , that he knows what a ko is, is able to determine neutral points, and can count the score ItThis book is written for players who have acquired an understanding of the rules of go and some of its most elementary tactics and strategies by having read an introductory book and having played a few games We have assumed that the reader understands the terms sente and gote , that he knows what a ko is, is able to determine neutral points, and can count the score Its aim is to give the novice an introduction to each phase of the game and to dispel a number of strategic and tactical misconceptions that often plague beginners and inhibit their progress Beginners usually overemphasize defense, not realizing that the best way to defend is to attack By attacking your opponent s stones, you can often defend your weak positions in the process Understanding this concept from the very beginning of one s go career will clear the way for quick progress up through the kyu ranks In this context, Chapters Two and Four are the most important and should be of value, especially to players who have been struggling for years to reach expert or dan level.
The Second Book of Go What You Need to Know After You ve Learned the Rules This book is written for players who have acquired an understanding of the rules of go and some of its most elementary tactics and strategies by having read an introductory book and having played a fe
It does help to explore clear up some concepts that are only touched upon in introductory books, and I think my game has improved slightly from reading it. That said, the whole thing feels like an advertisement for Kiseido's Elementary Go and Get Strong At Go series of books, which was annoying.
This is the first book on Go that I have read that was not easy to breeze through. It takes some time to digest what is being communicated here. The two chapters on liberties and capturing races alone are worth the price of the book. Ironically, these two brilliant chapters are followed by a rather simple chapter on good and bad shape. There seems to be a little unevenness in the level of instruction seen in the comparison of these three chapters alone. Nevertheless, this is a great book and ver [...]
As the title suggests, this is an excellent second book on Go. After you have learned the rules, and feel ready to move onto the next phase of study, the material contained within will elevate your game beyond that of a rank beginner. Lots of useful information contained within. Of special interest is the section on playing Handicap games, as it is not a subject covered in many other books!
Some excellent sections.After you master the concepts for beginners, this book is a really useful tool to improve your go game. There are many topics presented here, some in more detail than others. If I had to pick the best among them all I would have to give it to capturing races. These situations decide many games, and being able to understand what is going on, which ones are settled and which ones unsettled is key in playing better. The authors classify capturing races according to their cha [...]
The "first book of go" would be the rules. For someone just starting out, I would put this one 3rd in line of must-read books.1. Janice Kim's "Learn to Play Go: Volume 1" (which includes the rules)2. Janice Kim's "Learn to Play Go: Volume 2" (which includes the rules)3. The Second Book of GoThe Kim books will give you a basis for understanding what this book is talking about."The Second Book of Go" dives right in, with a shallow overview of many topics. Each chapter is a survey of a particular t [...]
This is the best book on Go I've ever read. It is exactly the level I needed after I'd played and lost many games. I totally understand the beginning of the book, and the ending is still beyond me. The middle of the book is still great, challenging reading.
It doesn't seem right for a rank beginner to rate a book intended to improve his skill, but there you go -- this one had more "ah ha!" moments than any of the others I've read or skimmed through.