We have a preferential supply arrangement with Pentangle Puzzles and Games which gives all Association members a 15% discount on all Go equipment. Details on how to order.
Our Bookseller no longer brings books to tournaments, owing to other Go duties, but will help anyone who wishes to place a bulk order to achieve best prices. This particularly applies to outreach initiatives.
Schools, new clubs and exhibition organisers are welcome to contact our Bookseller and discuss requirements. Sale or return terms are possible.
Please feel free to email the book seller.
Go playing sets vary widely in quality. You can get beginner sets under £10, a full-size set with glass stones and wooden board for under £50 or you can spend £1,000 or more. Some sets have mat or wooden boards of various sizes (9, 13 or 19 lines) and plastic or glass stones. There are also magnetic sets for use when travelling.
We give some advice on Go sets to buy and what might be suitable for a variety of different circumstances.
Don't forget if you're a novice that it is best to start playing on smaller boards before moving up to the large 19x19 one. Some boards have a different size version on the reverse, helping you through this progression without the expense of buying another board.
As an alternative to purchasing a set you could make your own. Making stones can be a difficult, so we'd definitely recommend buying them; printing your own 9x9 or 13x13 board is much easier. You might to looks at the board of the BGA-designed A3 laminated BGA Takeaway Go Set.
If buying stones and boards from differing sources, be careful to check sizes as some slightly larger Chinese stones do not quite fit onto the Japanese-standard boards which are the norm in the UK.
A vast number of Go books are available for study, with more than 200 in English. There are books on many subjects from the opening, through tesuji and middle game, to the end game, and also books that analyse complete games by professionals and other strong players. The level of material ranges from beginner level, through intermediate to advanced (for dan players).
There has been five main publishers of Go books (some of whom also supply Go sets and books/equipment for other Oriental games):
Other smaller publishers and authors also publish Go books. Robert Jasiek is one author with an increasing number of titles.
A Historic English Book list, showing books we stocked prior to December 2010, gives an indication of the level many books are suitable for - beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced. We also have a list of recent publications (from 2004 on).
If you want to know more then
There are various Go terms that have come into common use, mostly from Japanese. In case there is no glossary, our extensive list of Japanese Go Terminology definitions may be useful.Go World magazine, which was published 4 times a year in Japan, up until publication ceased in 2012.
We also provide back numbers of our British Go Journal, available both online as pdf files or on paper.
Apart from Pentangle, there are a number of UK retailers of books and equipment, including good games shops you can visit.
There are various non-UK suppliers that ship to the UK. These include publishers, shops and mail order companies.
Go Game Guru is one that supplies by mail-order a range of books, including those formerly published by Hinoki Press and Oromedia, and equipment, however they are in the process of ceasing this service.
In addition their website includes news, problems and information about the world of Go.