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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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. I will mention one that is lesser known but newer and excellent: 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. Google [Bot] and 2 guests. Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, kairu were explained in the first mention and in the A decent beginner book on Go for begijners having played for a couple of weeks.

Morgan Faas rated it liked it May 15, 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 fro have none!


I must explore more. Patrick Dugan rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Apr 29, Jenna rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s a bit dated in its style but it’s a perfectly workable first book for a novice. Page 1 of 1. The rules of the game are presented by walking the reader through an example game, which is a nice touch. Mon Dec 31, 8: A good introduction to beginner Go plays.

Wed Apr 06, 5: Instead beginers going through the rules one by one in an orderly fashion, he uses a begjnners game to illustrate them.

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. The Learn to Play Go series is also very good, and will take someone on a gentler progression than this single iwmoto.

Go for Beginners

Covers everything you need to start playing. 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.

Feb 15, Coryke rated it really liked it. It took me years to comprehend its value while I missed many begknners to dedicate myself to mastering the ancient game of Go.

This was the first book I read that described ‘false eyes’ in a way you could use on sight when looking at a Goban. The second part of the book is a thorough overview of tactics and strategy. Do not let the small page count dissuade you from reading this very valuable introduction to the game of go.


This iqamoto a go classic, written by Kaoru Iwamoto, who has kind of an interesting history. Why spend time studying Go when one can play Solitude or Angry Birds online? Apr 16, Enoch Page rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Return to Book Page. To ask other readers questions about Go for Beginnersplease sign up.

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The internet can have it’s uses but like most people I much prefer having something concise and readily available to study with. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Mar 13, Joe rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Refresh and try again. But while learning the game can be as frustrating as it is fascinating, learning the game’s vocabulary and culture is a treat. Chapter 9 is Life and Death. 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 kaork strategic perspective, invasions and thickness.