Elementary Go: Volume 4: v. 4: Life & Death (Elementary Go (Kiseido)) Paperback – 1 Feb 1998
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Following the general pattern of its predecessor 'Tesuji' this book organizes over two hundred life and death problems and examples into thirty six short chapters. Noteworthy features include: The status approach, which takes the reader through the same analysis that he should perform in actual play. The grouping of the problems around common tesujis - throw-in, placement, etc - and standard shapes - the one, two and three space notchers on the sides, the corner L groups, etc. A logical, step by step development, which makes Life and Death first an excellent text to learn from, then an invaluable reference work to come back to. This book is a part of the Elementary Go Series.
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In my edition, dated 1996, bent four in the corner is described as being dead by rule. This was so under the widely used Japanese rules at that time, but is now changed I think in Japanese rules, and certainly by the widespread adoption of AGA rules. It may be that this section is changed in a more recent edition, but mine has the same cover as in the above photo. The relevant section is pages 73 to 77 inclusive of a 160 page book, so, as long as readers are aware of the potential discrepancy, there is a lot of good information in the rest of it.
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I'm also really happy with the size. It's a great little pocket book. Easy to carry around and contemplate over coffee, etc.
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