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How to Play Handicap Go

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An AGA 7-Dan Explains His Handicap Games - Yuan Zhou is one of the strongest Go players in America. He received professional training for 3 years and an invited participant in North American tournaments five times from 1991 - 2001. This book contains 8 games played by Zhou in two tournaments. As a registered 7 dan the games from that tournament are presented first. Also in ...more
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Published January 28th 2002 by Slatel & Shell (first published 2002)
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Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This book consists of eight commented handicap games. The comments are good and emphasize certain points regarding playing handicap games, both as white and as black.

While reading this book I came across a game in which I know one of the players. This was a first. The author presents this game as a good example of how to play as black. High praise for my acquaintance.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Yuan Zhou's game commentary is always useful, but the real takeaway for me was the half-page introduction, and some of his comments between games. I understood the logic of good opening, middle, and endgame play in an even game but was having trouble knowing how to play either White or Black in a handicap game. Yuan Zhou boils it down to a couple of key insights:

"White must try to confuse Black by creating complexities…"

"…from White's point of view, handicap games do not have an opening. After
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