Weiqi Life and Death 1000 Problems

Weiqi Life and Death 1000 Problems
By: Wang Zhipeng
Publisher: Beijing Sport University, January 2000
ISBN10 7-81051-429-6
ISBN13 9787810514293
385 pp.

Weiqi Life and Death 1000 Problems (圍棋死活1000題) is a Chinese tsumego & tesuji book edited by Wang Zhipeng (王志鵬) and published by Beijing Sport University Press (北京体育大学出版社) in 2000.

It is 385-pages in length with 1000-problems & solutions. The problems are categorized into two main sections: tsumego and tesuji; then further broken into 10 and 15 thematic subsections respectively.

Solutions appear after each of the two main sections. As the problem difficulty increases the solution section begins to include three diagrams: Solution, Continuation/Variation and Failure. The tesuji section of the book ranks the problems from one to three stars based upon difficulty.

The original retail price was RMB 30.

It is currently available to western audiences at Yellow Mountain Imports for $19.99: [ext] http://www.ymimports.com/p-1631-weiqi-life-and-death-1000-problems.aspx.

Sample Pages

[ext] http://www.books.com.tw/exep/prod/lookinside.php?item=CN10003302

Table of Contents

 上篇 First Half
 第一部分 做活 Section 1, Making Life, 117 problems
 第二部分 破眼 Section 2, Destroying Eyes, 45 problems
 第三部分 破杀 Section 3, Killing Eyes, 54 problems
 第四部分 对杀 Section 4, Capturing Races (semeai), 72 problems
 第五部分 双活 Section 5, Seki, 54 problems
 第六部分 要点 Section 6, Vital point, 63 problems
 第七部分 棋理 Section 7, Go Theory, 36 problems
 第八部分 常型 Section 8, Common Corner Positions, 27 problems
 第九部分 打劫 Section 9, Making Ko, 45 problems
 第十部分 趣题 Section 10, interesting, unusual problems, 27 problems
 下篇 Second Half
 第一部分  征 Section 1,  Ladder, 27 problems
 第二部分  断 Section 2,  Cut, 36 problems
 第三部分  枷 Section 3,  Net, 27 problems
 第四部分  扳 Section 4,  Hane, 26 problems
 第五部分  挖 Section 5,  Wedge, 36 problems
 第六部分  尖 Section 6,  Diagonal, 36 problems
 第七部分  渡 Section 7,  Bridge Under,  27 problems
 第八部分  跳 Section 8,  Jump, 36 problems
 第九部分  夹 Section 9,  Pincer and Clamp , 36 problems
 第十部分  立 Section 10, Descent and Stand, 36 problems
 第十一部分 点 Section 11, Vital Point, 36 problems
 第十二部分 扑 Section 12, Throw in, 36 problems
 第十三部分 秤砣 Section 13, Two-stone Edge Squeeze, 27 problems
 第十四部分 金鸡独立 Section 14, Double Shortage of Liberties, 36 problems
 第十五部分 倒脫靴 Section 15 Under the Stones, 27 problems

Sample Problems

Part 1, Section 1, Problem 1  
Part 1, Section 1, Problem 58  
Part 1, Section 1, Problem 117  
Part 1, Section 6, Problem 387  


Anonymous: First impressions:

  • The problems are arranged thematically. A method of making life is drilled through a number of problems. A new method is introduced and both are drilled. The thematic repetition makes this book an excellent teaching tool both for classes and the self-taught.
  • The problems are presented twelve to a page while the answers are presented nine to a page, so checking answers is a little less convenient than if the page formats matched. The answer diagrams are the same size as the problem diagrams but have accompanying Chinese text, presumably this is the reason for the twelve vs nine discrepancy.
  • The cover is rather thin, so more careful handling is recommended than is the case for a number of other books.

Logan?: I think that the best suited audience for this book is 1k~3d. A 5k~2k could probably solve many of the 1-star problems, but may have trouble with the deep reading of some of the 2-star and above problems. Thus, as a whole I would advise the latter audience to wait until they reach the recommended range to receive the most from this book.

The first half of the book (life and death problems) is very good. The organization of the problems in each set build very well together. This section of the book cannot be recommended highly enough. The second half of the book (tesuji problems) are riddled with incorrect diagrams (e.g. #90, pg. 202), unaddressed kos (e.g. #49, pg. 197), unaddressed multiple solutions (e.g. #83, pg. 201) and incorrect solutions (e.g. #80, pg. 201). The kos and multiple solutions may be addressed in some Chinese preface text that I cannot read, but the other two issues cannot be qualified.

So would I still recommend this book despite the dismal second part? Yes, I would. 20$ (excluding shipping) for ~500 life and death problems is still a good deal on the English market; and the organization and problems in this section are fantastic. Despite the bad aspects of the second part: there are many problem which are correct, the sections still have a nice conceptual organization (albeit more difficult than the life and death section), and there are many interesting problems that one may like to share and solve with others.

Niklaus: I picked this book up in China, and I love it. The problems are very interesting and well organized. Highly recommended to strong kyu players and dan players.


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