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38 Basic Joseki

(Elementary Go Series #2)

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Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Kiseido Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1973)
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Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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Poorly placed in the series. Players at the right level for In The Beginning and Tesuji probably won't get much out of reading this book, since it basically just presents a lot of sequences players should be familiar with without in-depth explanations. As a reference, this book is clearly less complete than Ishida Yoshio's Dictionary of Basic Joseki, and doesn't add much value beyond the freely available Kogo's Joseki Dictionary.

It's not a bad read, if you are feeling lost about joseki, but it i
Dec 22, 2007 rated it liked it
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Just as good as the other books in this series, but probably less essential reading than Tesuji. ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This book provides explains some basic josekis. But be warned that these josekis may have variations beyond what is explained in the book. For those you might want to take a look at Kogo's joseki dictionary.
As in any Go book, some of the diagrams might be too dense, especially if you are at the beginner level. For those cases, you might want to use a Go board. Alternatively, an interactive version of this book in SmartGo books: which gives you an inline interactive
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I skimmed this at 12 kyu, because a player of that level really should not be trying to memorize joseki. I still refer to it during my post-game analysis. It is very useful to read the commentary on joseki that occurred in my games after the fact.

Certainly, 38 joseki isn't remotely exhaustive, but the point of this book is to explain why certain positions are joseki. A player who is willing to study the variations and commentary in this book will be able to apply those principles even when the s
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A lot of people seem to give this book bad talk because of how limited it is. I think "38 basic joseki" should have told you that. (I don't mean this in a rude way.) Its just to give a foundation of joseki to go on from there.

If you don't really know much of any joseki its a fine book to get a basic ideas of how joseki work. Granted it been a long time since I read it. For reference book of joseki there much better ones. (just as well get a free online sgf joseki database then this book.)
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
The content is extremely dry; just like any other joseki book it runs through a whole bunch of them and their variations.

Probably better as a reference than something to read.
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Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They say you lose two stones memorizing joseki and gain 4 by studying them. Same as learning programming, studying semantics beats memorizing syntax.
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Very good introduction to a variety of basic joseki. It's a good way to get some exposure to many of them.
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