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The Breakthrough To Shodan
Originally serialized in the magazine Igo Shinjo in Japanese under the title Shodan Kakutoku Saitan Kosu.
Paperback, Second Printing, 160 pages
Published 1985 by The Ishi Press, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
(first published January 1st 1976)
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My favorite Go book. It makes a promise and it keeps it. I have read it many times. First to approach shodan, then to reach it. Then to solidify the rank. Any 2 kyu reading this book will become a shodan. If you are weaker then wait. Read other books first.
Even after many years I think that it still delivers on what it is promising, even though some ideas inside it seem to have moved to the jyu level. A real eye-opener in most of its pages though, but be aware that it is not a book that will make you manage that breakthrough JUST by reading it. You will need to get out your stones and board and STUDY! Play out each and every diagram, feel the flow of the stones on the board, actually THINK each move as you place it on the board, even the ones the ...more