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The Second Book of Go

(Beginner and Elementary Go Books)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Second Book Of Go takes the reader who has learned the rules and rudiments of strategy and introduces him or her to the fundamental ideas required to get to the 12 kyu level.
Paperback, 124 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Ishi Press International (first published June 1987)
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Ben
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to find the Third Book of Go.
Brandon
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It does help to explore clear up some concepts that are only touched upon in introductory books, and I think my game has improved slightly from reading it. That said, the whole thing feels like an advertisement for Kiseido's Elementary Go and Get Strong At Go series of books, which was annoying.
Coryke
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go-game
This is the first book on Go that I have read that was not easy to breeze through. It takes some time to digest what is being communicated here. The two chapters on liberties and capturing races alone are worth the price of the book. Ironically, these two brilliant chapters are followed by a rather simple chapter on good and bad shape. There seems to be a little unevenness in the level of instruction seen in the comparison of these three chapters alone. Nevertheless, this is a great book and ver ...more
Serge Pierro
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go
As the title suggests, this is an excellent second book on Go. After you have learned the rules, and feel ready to move onto the next phase of study, the material contained within will elevate your game beyond that of a rank beginner. Lots of useful information contained within. Of special interest is the section on playing Handicap games, as it is not a subject covered in many other books!
Iron Mike
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: games
This made be the "second" go book, but damn is it hard. The counting liberties section, endgame and ko threats chapters will be re-read in the future, as I play the game more. Phew!
Sebastian
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some excellent sections.

After you master the concepts for beginners, this book is a really useful tool to improve your go game. There are many topics presented here, some in more detail than others. If I had to pick the best among them all I would have to give it to capturing races. These situations decide many games, and being able to understand what is going on, which ones are settled and which ones unsettled is key in playing better. The authors classify capturing races according to their cha
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Jdl
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: go
The "first book of go" would be the rules. For someone just starting out, I would put this one 3rd in line of must-read books.

1. Janice Kim's "Learn to Play Go: Volume 1" (which includes the rules)
2. Janice Kim's "Learn to Play Go: Volume 2" (which includes the rules)
3. The Second Book of Go

The Kim books will give you a basis for understanding what this book is talking about.

"The Second Book of Go" dives right in, with a shallow overview of many topics. Each chapter is a survey of a particular t
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Ben
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the best book on Go I've ever read. It is exactly the level I needed after I'd played and lost many games. I totally understand the beginning of the book, and the ending is still beyond me. The middle of the book is still great, challenging reading.
Matthew McClintock
It doesn't seem right for a rank beginner to rate a book intended to improve his skill, but there you go -- this one had more "ah ha!" moments than any of the others I've read or skimmed through.
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