Books in English

The number of Go books in English has been increasing since the 1970s. This page provides a short recent history of books and their publishers. Books are shown with the approximate year of publication. An alphabetical list of books, as stocked by us prior to December 2010, is also available, containg older books and an indication of the level of each.

Some books are also published in electronic format, as well as paper. Those published electronically only are not currently listed.

We also have a historic and current list of beginners' books published in English and those recommended.

Date Code Title
2017 AM Meijin of Meijins: The Life and Times of Honinbo Shuei (by John Fairbairn)
AM AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol (by Yuan Zhou)
2016 CS Go Fundamentals (by Shi Xiangxia)
CS Path to Go
SSYZ025 Master Play: The Style of Iyama Yuta
K?? How to Play Go. A Concise Introduction (by Bozulich/Davies)
K80 Close Encounters with the Middle Game (by Michiel Eijkhout)
K66 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 6 (300 Joseki Problems)
JAS First Life and Death (by Robert Jasiek)
2015 K85 The Road Map to Shodan Vol. 4: A Survey of the Basic Tesujis
K79 An Encyclopedia of Go Principles
SSYZ023 Deep Thought Vol. 2 (Yuan Zhou)
SSYZ021 The Young Chinese Go Masters
SSYZ020 Master Play: The Style of Lee Sedol
SSMR003 Modern Masters Vol. 1 (by Michael Redmond)
K93 Modern Master Games Vol. 3: 2014 Ten-Game Match Between Lee Sedol & Gu Li Part 2
JAS Tactical Reading (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Positional Judgement Vol. 2 Dynamics (by Robert Jasiek)
GGG01 Relentless: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li
CS The Celestial Arsenal (Xianji Wuku)
2014 CS Games of Wonder (by Wu Jun and Wu Jiong)
CS Go Book of Peach Blossom Spring
Baduk Classic: The Art of Closing Vol. 1 - 6 (pub. Baduk TV)
Baduk Classic: The Profound and Mysterious Vol. 1 - 4 (pub. Baduk TV)
JAS Endgame Vol. 1 Fundamentals (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Easy Learning Joseki (by Robert Jasiek)
K82 The Road Map to Shodan Vol. 1: Handicap-Go Strategy and the Sanrensei Opening
K83 The Road Map to Shodan Vol. 2: The Basic Principles of the Opening and Middle Game
K84 The Road Map to Shodan Vol. 3: The Basic Life and Death Positions
K92 Modern Master Games Vol. 2: 2014 Ten-Game Match Between Lee Sedol & Gu Li Part 1
SSIK001 Invasions (by Iwamoto Kaoru)
SSIK002 Reductions (by Iwamoto Kaoru)
SSYZ019 Whole Board Opening Problems (by Yuan Zhou)
CS Four-Stone Games Pt. 2 (by Guo Bailing)
CS Four-Stone Games Pt. 1 (by Guo Bailing)
2013 CS Three-Stone Games (by Guo Bailing)
SSYZ018 The Chinese Opening (Yuan Zhou)
SSYZ017 Deep Thought (Yuan Zhou)
SSYZ016 Single Digit Kyu Game Commentaries (by Yuan Zhou)
The Elephant in the Paddy - Tsumego in Pictures (pub. Board N'Stones)
H15 The Theory and Practice of Tsumego (by Valery Shikshin)
H16 The Theory and Practice of Semeai (by Valery Shikshin)
H17 The Theory and Practice of Shapes (by Valery Shikshin)
H18 The Theory and Practice of Analysis (by Valery Shikshin)
JAS Positional Judgement Vol. 1 Territory (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Life and Death Problems Vol. 1 Basics (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Fighting Fundamentals (by Robert Jasiek)
BT Commented Games by Lee Sedol Vol. 2
2012 SSJF008/9 Power / Brilliance (by John Fairbairn)
JH4 So You Want to Play Go? 4 (by Jonathan L Hop)
SSGF001 Simple Tesuji (Glynn Forsythe)
SSYZ015 Learning from Pro Games (by Yuan Zhou)
H13 The Best of Kido: The Art of Positional Analysis
H14 The Best of Kido: The Ins and Outs of Life and Death
JAS First Fundamentals (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Joseki Vol. 3 Dictionary (by Robert Jasiek)
K42 The 21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Vol. 2
K65 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 5 (300 Tesuji Problems)
K64 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 4 (300
Life-and-Death Problems)
K78 Fight Like a Pro: the Secrets of Kiai
K91 Modern Master Games Vol. 1: The Dawning of Tournament Go
BT Commented Games by Lee Sedol Vol. 1
2011 SSMR002 Patterns of the Sanrensei (by Michael Redmond)
SLJF007 Old Fuseki vs New Fuseki (by John Fairbairn)
JAS Joseki Vol. 2 Strategy (by Robert Jasiek)
JAS Capturing Races Vol. 1 Two Basic Groups (by Robert Jasiek)
K30 Japanese Prints and the World of Go
K41 The 21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Vol. 1
K67 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 7 (256 Opening and Middle Game Problems)
2010 SLJF006 The Meijin's Retirement Game (by John Fairbairn)
SSYZ014 Master Play: The Playing Styles of 7 Top Pros (by Yuan Zhou)
SSAD001 New Moves (by Alexander Dinerchtein)
OR 100 Tips for Amateur Players, Vol. 3 (by Yoon Youngsun)
K77 Attacking and Defending Moyos
OR32 The Best Game Records of 2009
ZTIH This is Haengma
SSYZ012 Understanding Dan Level Play
SSLJF005 9 Dan Showdown
SSRM001 Magic of the First Line
OR31 Master of Haengma
ZCL2 Creative Life & Death Vol. 2
K61 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 1 (300 Life-and-Death problems)
K62 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 2 (300 Tesuji Problems)
K63 Graded Go Problems for Dan Players Vol. 3 (300 Joseki Problems)
Y49 21st Century New Openings Vol. 2
Y50 Dictionary of Basic Fuseki, Vol. 4
Y51 Cho Hun-hyeon's Lectures on Go Techniques Vol. 3
2009 SSLJF004 The Final Summit (by John Fairbairn)
SSYZ011 How Not to Play Go
ZBFB 21st Century Baduk for Beginners
Y48 Cho Hun-hyeon's Lectures on Go Techniques Vol. 2
SSJF003 The Go Consultants (by John Fairbairn and T Mark Hall)
SSYZ009 Master Play: The Territorial Styles of Kitani Minoru and Cho Chikun
ZIGM Imagination of a Go Master
Z20 After Joseki (by Kim Sung-Rae)
SSYZ008 Master Play: The Fighting Styles of Kato Masao and Seo Bong Soo
NM02 Games of Go (by Neil Moffatt)
NM01 Learn Go (by Neil Moffatt)
JAS Joseki Vol. 1 Fundamentals (by Robert Jasiek)
Y47 Magic of Placements
SSJF002 Kamakura
OR30 Inspiration of Pro
Z016 Speed Baduk Vol. 7-9 and Answers
ZLU Level Up Vol. 1-5 and Review 1
ZBM3 Baduk Made Fun and Easy Vol. 3
ZCLD Creative Life and Death
H12 Shuko: The Only Move, Vol. 2
SSYY012 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 6
SSJF001 The Go Companion
2008 JH1 So You Want to Play Go? (by Jonathan L Hop)
JH2 So You Want to Play Go? 2 (by Jonathan L Hop)
JH3 So You Want to Play Go? 3 (by Jonathan L Hop)
H08 Zone Press Park
H09 Breakthrough Attacking Power
H11 Shuko: The Only Move, Vol. 1
SSYZ007 Master Play: The Style of Takemiya
SSYZ006 Master Play: The Style of Go Seigen
SSYY011 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 5
SSTW001 Mastering Ladders
Y45 21st Century New Openings
Y46 Dictionary of Basic Fuseki, Vol. 3
OR29 100 Tips for Amateur Players, Vol. 2
Z014 Speed Baduk for Beginners: Vols. 4-6 and Answers
ZBM2 Baduk Made Fun and Easy, Vol. 2
ZEPT Top European Players Training
H10 This is Go the Natural Way
H07 The Way of Creating a Thick and Strong Game
H06 Changing One's Conceptions
H05 Otake's Secrets of Strategy
SSYY010 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 4
2007 SSYZ005 Master Play: The Style of Lee Changho
OR22 100 Tips for Amateur Players, Vol. 1
H04 Catching Scent of Victory
EGO3 EuroGo 3 (History 1968-1988)
OR22 Korean Style of Baduk: Vol. 1
OR23 Contemporary Go Terms
ZBMF Baduk Made Fun and Easy, Vol. 1
K76 All About Ko
SSYY009 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 3
H03 Perceiving the Direction of Play
SSRH004 Key Concepts in Life and Death (by Richard Hunter)
H02 Pure and Simple: Takao's Astute Use of Brute Force
SSFS004 Dictionary of Basic Tesuji Vol. 4
K75 The Basics of Go Strategy
Z021 The Road to Shodan, Part 1
SSMJ001 Punishing and Correcting Joseki Mistakes
2006 SSYY008 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 2
H1 Vital Points and Skilful Finesse for Sabaki
Z07 Think Like a Pro, Vol. 2, Pae (Ko)
SSWC010 4-4 Point Joseki - a Brief Introduction
SSNN001 Treasure Chest Enigma
SSYY007 The Workshop Lectures Vol. 1
YGS Go Shapes Resolve
SSLH001 Liping Huang's Problem Series: Vol. 1
SSAG001 400 Years of Go in Japan
SSFS003 Dictionary of Basic Tesuji, Vol. 3
Y41 Weichi in Culture
Y42 New Go Proverbs Illustrated
2005 SSJG001 All About Joseki
SSFS002 Dictionary of Basic Tesuji, Vol. 2
SSWC008 Reflections on the Game of Go
Y38 Whole Board Living Tesujis
2004 Y36 Even Game Joseki NK Handbook Vol. 5
Y36 Step up to a Higher Level
Y38 Dictionary of Basic Fuseki Vol. 1
SSJR001 Mastering the Basics of Go
SSFS001 Dictionary of Basic Tesuji, Vol. 1
ZFP1 The Way of Go
K81 A Dictionary of Modern Fuseki: The Korean Style

Codes shown are the one from our shop which often match the publishers code:

  • Books published by Go Game Guru start GGG
  • Books published by Hinoki Press start H (now published by Go Game Guru)
  • Books published by Kiseido start K
  • Books published by Oromedia start O and some Z (now sold by Go Game Guru)
  • Books published by Slate and Shell start SS (SLnn = our codes)
  • Books published by Yutopian start Y
  • Books published by Robert Jasiek are code JAS
  • Books published by Baduktopia are code BT
  • Books published by CreateSpace are code CS
  • Books published by Amazon are code AM


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