Guanzi Pu

Chinese: 官子谱 (guānzǐpǔ)
Japanese: 官子譜 (kanzufu)
Korean: 관자보 (Gwan ja bo)

Guanzi Pu (官子谱 Hanyu Pinyin: guānzǐpǔ) is a classic, Chinese problem collection originating from the mid-seventeenth century. The Guanzi Pu is noted as the largest problem collection from the classical period, containing 1473 problems. The first author/editor was Guo Bailing in 1660. The collection was edited again by Tao Shiyu in 1689.

Originally, the name Guanzi Pu implied endgame/technique problems, but over time quickly grew to include broader demonstrations in attacking & exploiting shape. For example, how to live with optimal endgame shape and how to exploit the bad shape of a defender for maximum gain. As such, the Guanzi Pu contains many duplicate problems, but with different answers teaching the reader how to exploit the shape for different game situations (such as ko or reduction).

Numerous editions and versions of the collection have existed.

Editions/Versions published in modern times

  • Weiqi Technique Encyclopedia (Guanzi Pu) (围棋技巧大全 (官子谱)) is a March 1996 version edited by Jiang Zhujiu and Jiang Mingjiu. It contains around 850-problems. Published by Chengdu Shidai Publishing (成都时代出版社).
    • Original version: ISBN 7-80548-477-5
    • Improved version: ISBN 978-7-80705-394-1
    • Part of the World Weiqi Masterpieces of Life and Death (世界围棋死活经典名着).
    • According to the preface, many problems are taken out because they didn't actually work. Also many problems have been revised to correct earlier mistakes. Explanations of the solutions are also added. Also explained is that Guanzi doesn't mean endgame in ancient Chinese, but rather technique in general. It is only in modern Chinese that Guanzi has come to mean endgame. In the edited version the whole book is separated into 6-chapters:
    • March 1996 edition by Sichuan Go Art Publishing (蜀蓉棋艺出版社) is an older version of the one by Chengdu Shidai Publishing with a different cover. (Sichuan Go Art Publishing is the former name of Chengdu Shidai Publishing.)
    • Copies of the book may be purchased from Jiang Mingjiu directly. Please contact him at should you wish to purchase one or more copies of the March 1998 printing.
  • 2010 version: ISBN 978-7-5464-0216-1
    • Copies are available at Yellow Mountain Imports here: [ext]
    • Only contains solutions, i.e. no initial/unanswered diagrams.
    • Logan?: This version is difficult to use, I don't recommend it. The only way to use it is to lay each problem out on a board and make an effort not seeing the solution while doing so. This makes the portable use of the tsumego collection nearly useless -- whether work, school, or home. Since you're going to be sitting down with a board to use this, then one might as well do so on the computer, reading from one of the many free online versions of this classic.
  • Go Seigen provided the commentary for a Japanese 4-volume set published by Heibonsha in 1977-78. The set is supposedly the most complete version of the Guanzi Pu -- containing all the problems (including hitherto incorrect ones).
    • 『官子譜 1-4』東洋文庫318,320,322,327(平凡社刊)
  • SGF versions @ [ext] [ext] Classic Go Problems
  • Incomplete PDF version: (link is dead and not really available at
  • PDF version @ lifein19x19 forums: [ext]
  • 2014 version: ISBN-13: 979-1185635156 Baduk Classic: The Art of Closing (6 book set). Cho Hye-yeon has kindly translated this series into English for the western community. Publisher: BadukTV

Guanzi Pu last edited by on October 9, 2023 - 21:49
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