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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Probably the easiest book to read if you wanna start playing go. It's so easy it's rediculous. I started reading it when i had already some experience with the game so it was so much more easy for me. It has many pictures and everything is explained. Nothing is left to be wandered. The main problem not only with the book, but with the whole series is that it's not dense...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable introduction to Go
This introduction to Go is part of a 4 volume set of which this is the first volume. The book also contains a go set made out of cardboard located inside the back cover of the book. I havent tried using this, but reviews elsewhere suggest that it is usable although not very practical.
The book itself is 176 pages,it takes the reader through the fundamentals of Go and...
Published on 20 Jun 2004 by Aj Sutton


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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable introduction to Go, 20 Jun 2004
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Aj Sutton (Birmingham, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learn to Play Go: 001 (Paperback)
This introduction to Go is part of a 4 volume set of which this is the first volume. The book also contains a go set made out of cardboard located inside the back cover of the book. I havent tried using this, but reviews elsewhere suggest that it is usable although not very practical.
The book itself is 176 pages,it takes the reader through the fundamentals of Go and then onto the basic techniques in the 2nd part of the book. After each chapter there are usually up to six problems with detailed answers giving readers an opportunity to test their new found skills.
The book is well paced and the author has a simple but excellent writing style, and as a beginner in the world of Go I enjoyed reading this book.
The big criticism I have with this book is that the material is fairly sparsly presented throughout meaning that i was able to get through the whole thing very quickly. If all four volumes are like this one wonders whether the author isnt trying to make extra money selling four short books instead of just one large book.
In conclusion this book is good there just isnt that much material in it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 14 May 2013
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This review is from: Learn to Play Go: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game (Volume I): 1 (Paperback)
Probably the easiest book to read if you wanna start playing go. It's so easy it's rediculous. I started reading it when i had already some experience with the game so it was so much more easy for me. It has many pictures and everything is explained. Nothing is left to be wandered. The main problem not only with the book, but with the whole series is that it's not dense enough. Janice could have merged the first three books in one and still it wouldn't have gotten you far in the game. For example i read this book in just 2-3 hours...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to the game, 2 Aug 2014
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A. ap Rhisiart (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learn to Play Go: A Master's Guide to the Ultimate Game (Volume I): 1 (Paperback)
The number of Go books available in English has, thankfully, grown enormously over the last few years (although most are more easily obtained via the GoBooks app than as paper). This series, by Janice Kim, I can't recommend highly enough. It goes from the very simplest ideas, down to the sort of wonderful tesujis that make Go such a great game. It does come with a simple card goban (board) and pieces in volume one so you can definitely get started, but if you have an iPad or similar I would recommend getting an app for playing, and use these books to learn. The main rivals as introductory works are Cho Chikun's 'Go: a complete introduction' and Jonathan Hop's 'So you want to play Go?'. I don't have Cho Chikun (which is a single volume), but Hop is more humorous, whereas Kim plays in straight, and Hop divides his books by level rather more clearly than Kim. I really like both sets and continue to dip into both.

Other resources: you can play online at the KGS (Kiseido Go Server), and be sure to check out the Sensei's Library wiki site, senses.xmp.net for lots of information about Go.
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