Book Reviews

Here are some reviews of both some recent and some older Go instructional books and also some Go novels from the British Go Journal and the American Go Ejournal.

The order here is roughly the date order of the reviews. Click on Title to sort into alphabetical order.

Other reviews are available: David Carlton's Go Bibliography has reviews of many books, Go Books which has some showing book covers and other reviews can often be found on Sensei's Library or on Amazon or publishers' websites.

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Reducing Territorial Frameworks; Kiseido/Shuko Fujisawa

BGJ 172 Summer 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

There is more to this slim 1980 volume of 200 pages of A5 than meets the eye. The book starts with a section expounding and illustrating principles and side benefits of reduction. The middle half of the book goes

Invasions AND Reductions; Slate and Shell/Iwamoto Kaoru

BGJ 172 Summer 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

Published in 2014, these two books are a rewrite of a single earlier book on the same subjects. They are presented as an encyclopedia of some 20 common formations, typically based on a corner with one or more extending stones

Attacking and Defending Moyos; Kiseido/von Zeist and Bozulich

BGJ 172 Summer 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

This is Volume 7 of the Mastering the Basics series and is further confirmation that the word ‘basics’ is not to be taken too literally. The book starts with an interesting discussion of general principles then gives examples

Get Strong Series; Vol 5 - Get Strong at Invading; Richard Bozulich

BGJ 172 Summer 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

This is a volume consisting of 171 problems about invading. It’s divided up into sections on invasions on the side, invasions in the corner, and invading large territories, which is a lot to cover in a single volume.

Vital Points and Skilful Finesse for Sabaki; Hinoki Press/Yoda Norimoto

BGJ 172 Summer 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

Only when you have understood the meaning of light and heavy formations, is it time to move on to the more subtle concept of sabaki. Sabaki is the result where weak or invading stones emerge with some eyeshape or a palatable

Elementary Go Series; Vol 6 - The Endgame; Davies/Ogawa

BGJ 171 Spring 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

Davies’ book sets out clearly the basic theory of endgame, including sente relationships and counting. It is clear from experiment, namely the quiz at the 2014 Shropshire Go Tournament, that even solid SDK players didn’t

Get Strong Series; Vol 7 - Get Strong at the Endgame; Richard Bozulich

BGJ 171 Spring 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

The book opens with 42 whole-board 11x11 problems which one is invited to try at the beginning then again after studying the body of the book. This is a novel approach which will well-reward readers who have the discipline to

Monkey Jump Workshop; Richard Hunter

BGJ 171 Spring 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

The Workshop begins with the monkey jump at its simplest: a basic reduction against a solid territory. The standard counter-moves are analysed before moving on to explore how things change when the surrounding position is

200 Endgame Problems; Shirae Haruhiko

BGJ 171 Spring 2015

Author: Roger Huyshe

The first section, ”Basic Problems”, contains 100 problems of a fairly didactic bent, introducing common endgame tesujis, with variations of the same tesuji appearing in several problems in a row to hammer it in. The second

The Meijin's Retirement Game

BGJ 160 Summer 2012

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