I thought this book was pretty good and gave me a firm footing on the basics. Although reading some reviews on it online it seems many people. Go for Beginners – Kaoru Iwamoto – Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or view presentation slides online. An introduction to the rules, strategies and. – Free download as PDF File .pdf ) or view presentation slides online.

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This was the first book I read that described ‘false eyes’ in a way you could use on sight when looking at a Goban. Chess represents clear battle-lines; with advances and bulwarks defined visually by rank and proximity. Although reading some reviews on it online it seems many people found it rather tough going and didn’t consider it ideal for beginners.

Less than I have read this little book since I bought it new soon after it originally was published.

Patrick Dugan rated it it was amazing Dec 10, kaotu A slim beginners guide to Go with an explanation of the rules, example games with commentary and some elementary tactics. The Rules Of Go, which includes a 9×9 demonstration game, and explanation of atarikosekiand life and death especially false eyes.

Go for Beginners

I’ve since looked at many other beginners go books, and still think this is excellent. Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto. Instead of going through the rules one by one in an orderly fashion, he uses a sample game to illustrate them.


Feb 15, Coryke rated it really liked it.

An excellent introduction to the classic game of go. Second book of Go was my first book after knowing the basics and play some games and I really liked it.

This is a book to which I will return frequently. This was my first go book, and so I owe it a lot for starting off a long time love affair.

Examples are plentiful and challenging. I had to take out my go board and played along while reading. Dec 17, Lina Skoldmor rated it beginnera liked it. GradedGoProblemsForBeginners It’s a 5-book set, but you can just pick the first one or the second if the first looks too easy and it will have a lot of good problems.

Go, an ancient, subtly beautiful game of territory, is the oldest game in the world still played in its original form. But this is cheaper, and shorter.

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Goodreads helps you keep track beginnegs books you want to read. The third printing in uses more English terms and fewer Japanese language terms.

Having a oaoru copy of this book by your side with a Go board in front of you allows you to practice and gain insight into some basic strategies one must know to advance as a Go game player. Sep iwxmoto, Sebastian rated it really liked it. Like chess, you can make a Go move anytime you want if playing your machine. Iwamoto starts by talking to those that have never played go befor Only for ambitious beginners. There are some comments by the author when going through this first sample game that will make no sense whatsoever to a true beginners, such as threats to the structure.


This is a very dense read. Nothing too advanced, but it’s heginners of like taking all of Janice Kim’s Learn to Play Go series and stuffing it into one little book. The author shows you a Go problem, the best and worst way to solve that problem and offers you chances to practice the subtle point you just learned. Its topics are also good hints about the broad avenues of further investigation into how Go works. I am not the reader I once was due to disability, but I need not stand on the sidelines.

There are gentler books for beginners out there, such as the excellent volume one in the Learn to Play Go series by Janice Kim and Soo-hyun Jeong. Sat Apr 09, 1: Previous topic Next topic. So it was that solving the puzzles presented in Go for Beginners sometimes felt more like they were testing my intuition than my calculation and when my intuition proved correct, I was most gratified.

Go for Beginners By: These explanations strike a great balance of clarity and challenge. Therefore, whether it’s the right book for you or not will depend on what you are looking for.

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