LiChangHo Jingjiang Weiqi Shoujin
Li Chang Ho Jingjiang Weiqi Shoujin (Li3 Chang1 Hao4 Jing1 jiang3 Wei2 qi2 Shou3 jin1) (李昌镐精讲围棋手筋) (Lee Chang Ho's Selected Tesuji Go Problems) is a set of six Chinese language go books. Each of these volumes includes 123 tesuji problems. Each problem is presented on one page with the answers on the flip side of the same page. Each problem and answer is presented with accompanying Chinese text. The problems are arranged in groups concentrating on a single tesuji.
The books contain only Chinese, no other language whatsoever. However, learning only three Chinese ideograms (?) allows one to read the first part of the heading for each problem: Black first, or White first . Not knowing more Chinese may be a benefit to the reader as the problem accompanying the text often contains hints as the nature of the solution or the critical point of the same shown.
One complaint regarding these books is the thinness of the paper used. It is possible to see some portion of the answer diagrams through the page. A largish bookmark can be used to block out the non-printed part of the page presenting the problem and thereby hide the reverse image of the answer.
- Volume 1: ISBN: 7-8105-1565-9 Fighting and Capturing 123 problems (not divided into sections by type)
- Volume 2: ISBN: 7-8105-1566-7 Snapback and Shortage of liberties problems.
- Volume 3: ISBN: 7-8105-1567-5
- Connecting Groups ( 棋子的联络 Qi2 zi3 de Lian3 luo4) 28 problems
- Splitting Groups (棋子的切断 Qi2 zi3 de Qie1 duan4) 57 problems
- Settling Groups (腾挪, 治孤 teng2nuo2, zhi4gu1) 8 problems
- Endgame (收官 Shou1 guan1) 29 problems.
- Volume 4: ISBN: 7-8105-1568-3 Net 60 problems; Throw in/Squeeze 63 problems
- Volume 5: ISBN: 7-8105-1569-1
- Volume 6: ISBN: 7-8105-1570-5
- Capturing race (杀气 Sha1 qi4) 40 problems;
- Attack (攻 击 Gong1 ji1) 40 problems;
- Endgame (官子 Guan1 zi3) 42 problems.
Many of the Attack problems are how to punish deviations from joseki. (See example below.) They are some of the hardest problems in the series.
DanSchmidt: The second half of Volume 2 (particularly from problem 80 on) also contains many elementary connecting and splitting problems.
These book are available from :
- Yellow Mountain Imports at http://www.ymimports.com/p-911-lee-chang-hos-selected-tesuji-go-problems-volumes-1-6.aspx
- occasionally on eBay being offered by goplayer2006 (this is 震 主 Zhen Zhu - Go teacher on KGS known as hotdog)
Each answer diagram is accompanied by a headline and text in Chinese. Recognizing a few Chinese phrases is useful.
- 正解 (zhèng jiě) -- Correct Answer
- 失败 (shībài) defeated -- indicates a failure diagram
- 变化 (biàn huà) alternate -- a variation diagram
- 参考 (cānkǎo) reference -- a reference diagram
- 黑先 (hēi xiān) - Black plays first
- 确认 (quèrèn) confirm -- indicates a diagram showing why the correct answer works
Generally, the problems in the later volumes are harder than those in the earlier volumes. However, xela thinks that volume 2 is a bit easier than volume 1.
- LiChangHo Jingjiang Weiqi Sihuo (the corresponding set for life and death problems)
 Actually, every problem in these books is black to play first, so you don't need to know any Chinese at all. But for reference, take a look at Basic Japanese for reading go books (at this basic level, the Chinese characters mostly look the same as the Japanese).