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Posted November 30, 2001
Great Introduction To Great Strategic Game
This unique book describes the ancient oriental game of go in a unique format blending excellent comic book-style illustrations and well laid out text and picture explanations. It can be understood by a twelve year old and can contribute to the understanding and enjoyment of an adult. This exciting and logical presentation of the world's best strategic game was written by an American enthusiast who has many years of experience teaching the game to young and old students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2001
Excellent first book on the game of GO!
Go is a 4,000 year old strategic board game, which on one hand is simpler than Chess, but ultimately more complex and more abstract - it can be played with equal enjoyment by beginners and experts alike! It is also called 'WeiQi' in Chinese and 'Baduk' in Korean. I was surprised to see that it is a general purpose introduction book, that has a broad and complete scope. It is no mere 'comic book' short introduction at all. The book contains comic strips with explanations of ideas, and features conversations between young students and the sensei. While the text covers the basics that all Go players need to get started in a clear and well written way - lots of diagrams, many examples. In fact, it looks like a no nonsense primer for the beginning or want to become Go player. It's just about what I'd give as a gift to someone that expressed interest in learning how to play the game, since it is a good reference book for a new player. In many ways it is simpler than the 'In The Beginning' book, since that starts with the idea that you already know how to make life, and all of the various basic concepts - so it is a perfect lead in to it. As far as being for 'kids', I'd say that this book will be suitable for 'kids' that already have pretty decent reading, writing and thinking skills - but that's probably true for the game itself. If you have young children, this book could serve as a teaching guide, so that you don't miss anything. But the thing that is best, is that it is perfect for showing off the game to teens and adults alike. To a great extent, all books on Go tend to read the same, ie. 'D5 is better here because of black's H4...' but the book goes into some detail on how and why things work a certain way, and goes into good explanations of the mechanisms and sequences of standard plays and situations (ko, seki, eyes, etc.). I'll be keeping one in my Go bag to bring to club meetings. So, two thumbs up from this reviewer! :- ) _-_-bearWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.