On the Rules of Go
On the Rules of Go, written by Ikeda Toshio and published by Fujitsu in 1992 is based upon a series of articles written by Ikeda and published in the Japanese go magazine Igo Shincho. The book documents the rules and their problems as of circa 1970.
- Japanese: http://harryfearnley.com/go/ikeda/index-j.html
- English: http://gobase.org/studying/rules/ikeda/
Bill: Carlton's review is unfair. This is not a "vanity" book, as the series in Igo Shincho indicates. Ikeda's book is a must read for anyone interested in the rules of Go.
Bob Myers: "Vanity" is not pejorative; it simply means the person paid to have the book published.
Velobici: Would you characterize The Treasure Chest Enigma as a vanity book? I would not, most certainly not. Regardless of Nakayama Noriyuki funding publication and being the primary (sole?) distributor.
Bill: Which Ikeda's family probably did not. (Ikeda was long dead when Fujitsu published it.) And Carlton does mean "vanity" in a disparaging way: "I doubt that any go press would have published this book...."
Dave: The review's point seems to be in reference to the type of personal (non-rule related) material included in the published book. Is it in the on-line version? I did not find it. I particularly like the following from the review: "I suppose that if you care a lot about different possibilities for rule systems, this book is worth reading; otherwise, it isn't." I find this a remarkable comment about a book entitled On the Rules of Go. What else would you expect? :-)
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