Book Reviews

Here are some reviews from the British Go Journal and the American Go Journal of some Go instructional books, and also some Go-related novels. The order here is roughly the date order of the reviews. Click on the header Title to sort into alphabetical order.

Other reviews: David Carlton's Go Bibliography and Sensei's Library or publishers' websites.

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Patterns of the Sanrensei

BGJ 160 Summer 2012

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Novel Plays and Shapes

BGJ 120 Autumn 2000

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 1-889554-52-9

The title of this book is not particularly informative, in fact it is a joseki book which says novel things about...

Novel Plays and Shapes

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 1-889554-52-9

When I first heard that a book bearing Lee...

Nie Weiping on Go

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-9641847-2-9

I must beat the Japanese 9-dans. Move X showed good judgment and took the whole board situation into account. One must...

New Go Proverbs Illustrated

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-889554-98-7

Whether in life or in go, common sayings and wisdom are recorded in the form of proverbs. In the go world, these memorable...

Monkey Jump Workshop

BGJ 127 Summer 2002

Reviewer: Simon Goss

ISBN 0-9706193- 9-1

When was the last time you (a) played a monkey jump and it was cut off and killed? (b) played a monkey jump and...

Monkey Jump Workshop

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-9706193- 9-1

For a beginner to the game of go,...

Monkey Jump Workshop

BGJ 171 Spring 2015, Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Richard Hunter

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...

Modern Joseki and Fuseki

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

My first impression of the two volumes of Modern Joseki and Fuseki is that it is a bad idea to publish a go book with the word modern in the title. Two of...

Mastering Ladders

BGJ 151 Spring 2010

Reviewer: Pat Ridley

ISBN 1-932001-40-9

Mastering Ladders by Thomas Wolf is a slim volume, with 30 pages of theory and 72 problems. However it is...

Master Play: The Playing Styles of Seven Top Pros

BGJ 158 Winter 2011/12

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Magic on the First Line

BGJ 152 Summer 2010

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

by Nakayama Noriyuki

ISBN 1-932001-48-4

As I have mentioned previously I nowadays only buy books where I know the author....

Jungsuk in our Time

BGJ 123 Summer 2001

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 89-7990-123-2

Go books appear at such a rate nowadays that the habits of the 1970’s, when most of the keener players read all the...

Invasions AND Reductions; Slate and Shell

BGJ 172 Summer 2015, Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Iwamoto Kaoru

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...

How Not to Play Go

BGJ 159 Spring 2012

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Handbook of Handicap Go

BGJ 129 Autumn 2002

Reviewer: Francis Roads

ISBN 1-889554-28-6

As a teaching gimmick, I sometimes set up a nine- stone handicap and ask what is the one and only reasonable...

Goh or Wei Chi

BGJ 157 Autumn 2011

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

Those who have read the BGA history pages will probably know about the important early Go book in...

Go World Archive

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

For over thirty years, Go World magazine has been the premier source of English-language news, teaching and game analysis. First published at a time when...

Go as Communication

BGJ 129 Autumn 2002

Reviewer: Simon Goss

ISBN 1-932001-03-4

"It is often said that people are losing heart nowadays. Am I the only one who feels that people, children and...

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

BGJ 171 Spring 2015, Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Richard Bozulich

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...