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Graded Go Problems For Beginners: Volume Two: Elementary Problems

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Graded Go Problems for Beginners are ideal books for players who have just learned the rules of go, bridging the gap between a beginner's book and some of the more 'advanced' elementary book. The almost 1500 problems these four volumes contain thoroughly drill the reader in the fundamentals of the game. After finishing the study of these four books, The novice go player wi ...more
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Published 1985 by Kiseido Publishing
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Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rewarding for true beginner and solid foundation for more advanced players.

This collection of 300+ problems is really well thought out and is useful for players of different levels. First let me address the fact that it is said to target players from 25k to 20k. I think that the vast majority of the problems here would be really challenging for players in this range. However, if those players spend the required amount of time working out each problem and then going over the answers and understan
Malcolm Bastien
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The problems in Volume two are so much more difficult than in volume 1! While in Vol 1 I got maybe 98% of the problems, it felt like I got only 30%-40% of these ones right on the first try.

While reviewing the solutions to problems I found myself also playing out many more of the problems to see why the right answer was the correct one because I wasn't able to as easily judge the shapes on the board. The book really highlighted how I need to visualize the board a few moves ahead too. There were m
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Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ignore the rank range. 20-25k is doesn't mean you shouldn't do these problems if you are higher than that.

First off, some of these, especially the later ones, still give me pause for thought at 7k.
Then there is some advice I've been given by a lot of strong players: Do easy problems. They come up most often in real games. Ideally you haven't mastered them until you see the answers almost imediately. This is what you should aim for with tsumego like this.

Definitely recommended for all DDKs. I wil
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've "read" this many, many times. It was the first book I picked up to look through again coming back from a two year break from the game. I've always found a lot of value in solving many, many problems, and it's enjoyable, too. These are quite easy, but it's good to get back in to the swing of things. Probably would be my number 1 recommendation for anyone looking to get in to the game, after having read an introductory book.
Bryce Johnson
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
So much harder than Volume 1! Plus, it had a few terms I'd never seen before and weren't in the glossary (like "moyo"). A lot of the problems one can still brute force with logic, but there are definitely a few that were more "feel," in some sense...cases where you'd kill a group 7-8 moves later. Going through these has started to give me a sense of shape though, which is interesting. Maybe one day I'll actually play another game of go...

I also think that if I read this again I will keep a list
Peter Riboprotein
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: go
The problems are fast to go through, and they help train you to recognize a handful of common sequences. As an AGA 11kyu, most of the problems too a little too easy for me.
Sep 26, 2008 marked it as to-read
Going back to the library for now, it's just too advanced for me. Need to get some games under my belt, methinks.
Alex Delogu
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Does exaclty what it says.
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Kano Yoshinori (加納 嘉徳 Kanō Yoshinori, April 14, 1928-1999) was a Nihon Ki-in 9-dan professional Go player.

Kano was born April 14, 1928 in Kyoto, Japan. At the age of nine, he become a student of Suzuki Hideko 5-dan in Tokyo. In 1943 he attained the rank of professional 1 dan, and was promoted to 9 dan in 1968. He has won the 1948 Young Professional Cup?, the 1955 top section

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