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on 16 January 2011
Shotwell's book on the basics of Go is a well written introduction for beginners. He explains the rules of the game as well as basic strategies and tactics. The book is concisely and clearly written, and the lessons are easy to understand. Illustrations are frequent and clear. I can definitely recommend this book to any players new to the game of Go.
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VINE VOICEon 20 February 2010
If you are thinking about learning to play Go, this book will be an excellent companion to a more formally structured book such as Iwamoto's

Go can be played on several sized boards and this book restricts itself to the small 9x9 to help explain some of thes key concepts necessary, not so much to get started but in order to prepare for getting better. And it does this well.

Unlike with Chess, where say, studying openings is considered essential fairly early on, it is generally considered that studying openings (Joseki) will make you weaker until you understand the ideas and strategies, and this book will help you there.

I've been playing for a while and bought it out of interest, the money wasn't wasted, I didn't learn anything new but it helpfully re-presented some ideas, and that's always a good thing.

If you have a half decent internet connection, the CD-ROM is not so necessary, though the commented games are a bonus. Go is a light consumer of bandwidth and the internet is a rich source of online material and opportunities for playing real opponents and/or Go-engines.
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on 28 April 2011
I was looking for a basic guide to Go and this was for me an excellent purchase. It contains several pro 9x9 games explained in detail and uses those games to demonstrate how various techniques (also explained) are used in the games in combination with each other.

It is, however, aimed at players who truly are new with Go tactics. More advanced players better buy more advanced books.
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on 27 March 2016
well, after reading the book a couple of times, I understand GO strategies better than before. It should have an index of GO terms. It has the Japanese terms. But GO was first developed by Chinese, so I think it should have the Chinese terms as well.
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on 6 April 2015
Good but it didn't come with the CD that i thought was meant to be a part of it.
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on 23 December 2015
Really badly written so as to overcomplicate simple concepts, and lots of errors in diagrams which make explanations useless. If I hadn't already learned the basics from other sources I would have assumed that go itself is too difficult for me. There is some useful stuff for not-quite-beginners buried in the illogicality, but rooting it out is a frustrating business and risks accidentally learning errors through mis-numbered stones.
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