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Basic Techniques of Go
The most useful book for beginning players ever written. After introducing the basic principles of opening play, the reader is shown practical sure-win strategies that he or she can use in handicap games. A chapter is devoted to tesujis (tactical brilliancies), with 69 examples and 50 problems. The book ends with a chapter on the endgame.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Kiseido Publishing Company
(first published February 1st 1969)
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May 11, 2010 Manny rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I learned Go from this book; I can't guarantee that it's the absolute best introductory text, but it's definitely very good, and I'm one of many people who think highly of it. The authors, top Japanese players, walk you through the basic principles of the game. They introduce you to opening theory, both joseki (set patterns in one corner) and fuseki (opening play over the whole board). Since it's a beginner's text, they stress handicap openings - unlike chess, Go has a sensible handicapping syst ...more
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