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The Way of the Moving Horse

(Learn to Play Go #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The Way of the Moving Horse is the second volume of the award-winning Learn to Play Go series. Covers fundamentals of good play, including opening theory, enclosures and approaches, bases and extensions, invasion and reduction, attack and defense, capturing races, ko, life and death, contact fighting, and endgame. Shows the Korean school's strength vs. speed model to choos ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published June 21st 1995 by Good Move Press
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Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, go, gaming
So first of all - my go game really sucks. I say that I "play go" and that I learned to play a long time ago, but it's been this occasional thing that I get interested in every now and then, and then stop playing for years and years. Like writing, martial arts, and various other activities I have pursued off and on for many years, it depresses me sometimes when I consider how good I'd be if I had actually stuck with it way back when I first got interested, and how unlikely I am to ever really be ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite of the series so far; I already knew most of the content in Book 1, but here Kim covers the haengma (standard moves), ko fights and threats, capturing races, life and death (throw-ins, vital points), endgame plays, and myriad tactics in attack and defence (pincers, capping, shoulder-hits, pinning, invasion, reduction, passing under, iron pillars, ladder breakers, peeps, spikes).

These are the building-block tactics that strengthen your game immensely, preventing you from bein
Christopher Sears
I bought the entire series of Learn to Play Go a few years ago. This was the last book in the series that I managed to read. The books are well written, and helpful to beginning and intermediate Go players.

Unfortunately, I realized that I do have enough time to master Go to the level that I wish I could. So, it's time for me to move on to other projects.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finished and immediately ordered part 3 of this series.

Perhaps I should give it 5 stars, given that it is the best book on Go that I have read, but perhaps there are others even better that I don't know about..
I hesitate about the fifth star because I did think that some of the examples could perhaps have been explained better, they weren't clear to me immediately, only when I tried to follow them myself with a board and stones, so that I could see the consequences that were perhaps obvious to t
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, go
A worthy successor to the first installment, this volume expands upon previous concepts while also building upon that foundation with additional topics and more detailed examples. There is also a twenty-five question exam at the end of the book to see how much the reader is really retaining. I scored halfway between 'average' and 'good', which is honestly a bit worse than I thought I would perform; emphasizing how important it is to augment these books with actual gameplay, problems, and other p ...more
Adrian Alvarez
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent continuation of Kim's first book in the "Learn to Play Go" series. Here, the fundamentals from the first book are elaborated on and certain principles of sound play are reinforced.

The more I learn about Go the more I realize it is a game like no other I've played. Janice Kim refers to it as a martial art and I think that's appropriate. It certainly has a spiritual aspect like none I've seen before in a board game.
Valentyn Danylchuk
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, go, baduk
This part offers tiny incremental improvements in several aspects of the game. Some may be unimpressed, but I think this is a perfectly efficient approach. If you start with the first volume, this is the perfect follow-up. If you played before, you may skip over some parts, but there is a chance you may still fill in some gaps in the basics, resulting in more confidence and cleaner games.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a long time I said I’m playing go and know “how the basics”.
Didn’t understand why I don’t progress.
After reading that book, I learned tons, and discovers how much I don’t know.

It helped me finely to understand the basics in a real fun way and get better in my games :) .
Thank you for this amazing book!
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: games-go
Nice introduction to the opening, mid-game, and end-game on 19x19 boards. Covers invasions and reductions, attacking and defending, ko fights, and the shapes needed for forming bases. Instead of teaching opening joseki, the authors show how to secure corners and sides from 1st principles. Volumes I and II together cover the basics of the game.
John Culpepper
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to
Very instructional!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not bad, but sometimes makes assumptions that I don’t think I’m ready to assume in my playing. Comprehensive on playing 19x19, but could use a few more joseki.
Devin Hubbard
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great bridge between absolute basic rules to tools that can be used in tsumego and other problem books.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good continuation to Volume 1.

In this volume the authors focus on expanding a bit on the basic concepts presented in the previous book. They continue to do so in a clear fashion and with plenty of diagrams so we can follow along without need of a board. First they talk about the opening strategy and give clear rules as to how to approach this face of the game. These concepts should help guide the beginner, but as soon as you have played for a couple of months you are going to need more than
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
As a Go player who knew the rules and not much else before opening this book, I found Kim's work extremely valuable. I came out with a working understanding of the purpose and structure of Go's opening, midgame, and endgame, as well as what kind of moves achieve the objectives of each phase. Especially helpful was the titular Way of the Moving Horse: thinking about positions in terms of the connections between stones. This book certainly did not enable me, a novice, to follow every move of a sub ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baduk
Think this is my second or third time reading this book. I think it is starting to sink in. Easy to follow, not as easy as book 1 in the series, but really book 1 is just a glossed over "how to play go" with just a bit more than the basic rules.

I wonder if the fact that they are just slowly expanding the vocabulary of go terms will happer me if I decided to branch out to other book series.

Just finishing up this book and book 1 from the graded go problems for beginners. Next up will be book 3 of
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-on-go
Volumn two of Janice Kim's series on learning Go is her best book. She takes the lessons she taught in her first book and delves deeper into the game. She talks about different types of moves, and their strengths and weaknesses, such as the Knight's move, Horse Jump, Tiger's Jaw, Large Knight's move, shoulder hit, one space jumps, two space and three space jumps. She also talks more about capturing stones, giving life, ko's, fighting Ko's, and the endgame. ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, go
This book is easy to read, there are lots of diagrams, and some cool pictures. My main problem with it is that its overall level is quite simple and so it isn't likely to remain useful to the reader for very long. It's kind of surpising in this way, because it is actually the second volume in a series. (I haven't looked at others.) Might be useful for a club, library, or someone who is likely to be introducing the game to new players. ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: go-game
While the instruction is very clear, there is not a lot of depth to this book. Several chapters are only four pages or so in length. Considering the large (and very nice) diagrams on each page, this does not leave much room for text. I certainly think this is a good book, but wish that this series had fewer books and more depth per book.
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy strategic board games
At the time I read this book, I was just learning the fundamentals of Go. This was an entertaining book, as well as an educational book on the game. After reading it my game improved substantially. The author knows how to teach Go, and makes it fun to learn.
Dec 28, 2010 added it
Shelves: go-books
Back when I read this book it was a fascination book. (first go book I ever read.) Back then I didn't know much past the rules of the game, now of course this book feels like common sense to me. Its really is a great book for its attended audience. ...more
Malcolm Bastien
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Solid book. Delivered a bunch of useful information.

By the end of this book there were only a few instances where I didn't follow the author's logic or understand why a "good play" was good. Overall though, very satisfied.
LB Deyo
Sep 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
I didn't learn to play Go. ...more
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giochi
The Way of the Moving Horse (Learn to Play Go, Volume II) (Learn to Play Go Ser) by Janice Kim (1995)
Jan 28, 2009 added it
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very good beyond-the-basics book. I still use a lot of the strategies I learned from reading this.
William Herbst
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This volume actually begins to explore some basic go strategy. I found it very helpful for my novice play.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
A gentle elaboration on volume one. Not so useful on its own, but good as a second step in a longer program of study.
James Heiney
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a nice intro to Go. It's easy to read and covers many of the basics to get you up and running in the game. This was a re-read for me. It's good to go over the basics from time to time. ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Appreciated a lot the synthesis section at the end of the book.
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