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Lessons in the fundamentals of go [Unknown Binding]

Toshiro Kageyama
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  • Publisher: Ishi Press (1978)
  • ASIN: B0006D1GO0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best Book on Go in English 20 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is ideal for anyone interested in go who has got beyond the basics. It is particularly suited to anyone who has got stuck in a rut with his/her game and no amount of studying or playing the game seems to make any difference. It's certainly the best book I've ever read on go and it improved my game by 4 stones (8 kyu UK to 4 kyu UK). Though you should be slightly beyond the mere beginner stage, this book is aimed at anyone weak or strong. Don't be misled by the 'Fundamentals' in the title. This is not really a book that someone who has just learnt the rules should be reading. What Kageyama means by 'fundamentals' is the simple things that professional players take for granted but which amateurs often mishandle or get confused about. Just as a successful rugby team will always get the fundamentals of passing, handling and tackling right, a successful go player will habitually be strong at the fundamentals of reading, cutting, connecting, getting ahead, counting and so on.
What makes this a classic is Kageyama's delightful, conversational style constantly challenging you to review your weaknesses and work at strengthening your grasp of the fundamentals. This is written by someone who's been through the mill himself and knows what it's like to struggle at improving one's game. An amateur for many years, Kageyama eventually turned professional and developed into a strong if not brilliant player, never actually emulating the top players. The book is full of amusing anecdotes chronicling his career as professional player and teacher.
A must for every go player.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on go in English 6 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is ideal for anyone interested in go who has got beyond the basics. It is particularly suited to anyone who has got stuck in a rut with his/her game and no amount of studying or playing the game seems to make any difference. It's certainly the best book I've ever read on go and it improved my game by 4 stones (8 kyu UK to 4 kyu UK).
Though you should be slightly beyond the mere beginner stage, this book is aimed at anyone weak or strong. Don't be misled by the 'Fundamentals' in the title. This is not really a book that someone who has just learnt the rules should be reading. What Kageyama means by 'fundamentals' is the simple things that professional players take for granted but which amateurs often mishandle or get confused about. Just as a successful rugby team will always get the fundamentals of passing, handling and tackling right, a successful go player will habitually be strong at the fundamentals of reading, cutting, connecting, getting ahead, counting and so on.
What makes this a classic is Kageyama's delightful, conversational style constantly challenging you to review your weaknesses and work at strengthening your grasp of the fundamentals. This is written by someone who's been through the mill himself and knows what it's like to struggle at improving one's game. An amateur for many years, Kageyama eventually turned professional and developed into a strong if not brilliant player, never actually emulating the top players. The book is full of amusing anecdotes chronicling his career as professional player and teacher.
A must for every go player.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, more so at each rereading. 6 April 2010
Format:Paperback
This is simply the best English language Go book I've seen.

It has a light, conversational style but gently teaches the mode of thought of the author, an impressively credentialled professional player.

Strongly recommended- a must for players of every strength from about 20 kyu upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars crucial reading to improve your game 10 Feb 2010
By gerryg VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First of all the book is readable. This isn't always true of Go books. The wisdom is mixed in with anecdote which kept me there as I struggled with the topic.

The book is credible - the author does a very good job of "been there made that mistake" which also helped me stay engaged.

Uniquely, in my experience, this book also spends a reasonable amount of time discussing stupid moves and why they are so, which I found to be invaluable. Further I was pleased to get advice on what not to do, e.g., (slightly exagerated for effect) "don't bother studying Joseki, get the principles right" which validated my inability to read even two pages of "38 Joseki".

Before I even finished it the first I think I improved by one stone. Definitely value for money there, then.

It will require re-reading, it is a book to keep by your side, to dip into, gleaning a bit more each time. It's the best book I've ever bought since Iwamoto (which is a great place to start)

Of course, anyone that has previously bought any book called "Fundamentals of <subject matter>" will realise this isn't a beginners book. However, as a self taught player, this one has definitely improved my understanding.

Highly recommended
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