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How to Not Play Go

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This book will have a revolutionary impact on any kyu player who reads it. Zhou clarifies the common kyu level misunderstandings of how to play which hold kyu players back from reaching dan level. He explains that the skills needed to reach shodan are not things like a thorough knowledge of josekis or an ability to read out long sequences, but rather the elimination of ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2009 by Slate & Shell
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Sep 14, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was amazing
Eye-opening work!

One could argue that it is more important to understand how to do something than to know what are the things to avoid. However, when talking about go it is actually much more beneficial to figure out what typical mistakes are at your playing level and how to correct these. In this vein, Zhou delivers a helpful work, aimed mostly at players in the 15-5 kyu range.

The author starts by pointing out what are the common misunderstandings in kyu level play and then shows us three games
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Feb 23, 2013 Malcolm Bastien rated it really liked it
Very short book. It starts off with a page overviewing a set of common problems players have and describes why they are problems before examining three different games.

Sometimes it seems to focus too much on the one problem of not having "whole board thinking" but does still includes examples of the other common mistakes.

Starting off with low ranked games to higher ranked games feels like it helped show how avoiding those problems really does make for more interesting games. It's hard to tie the
Benjamin Johnson
This proved to be a very helpful overview of several mistakes commonly made by beginners (like me). I learned a great deal, and I can now appreciate with a little more clarity the kind of innovations in "whole board" thinking that men like Go Seigen contributed so powerfully to the theory of the game. I only wish that the annotations of the games in the book were more abundant and a little more patiently detailed. I am certain that there are many other common mistakes that could have been ...more
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