Strategic Fundamentals in Go
A one-volume manual of Go, quite advanced, consisting of ten quite compressed chapters on topics such as shape, attack and defence, positional judgement. Translation of a Chinese original, Weiqi Zhanli, by Guo Tisheng and Lu Wen?.
Fhayashi: The contents of the book is promising, but the book itself is bad, mainly because of the layout. The book is laid out as a number of problems with nicely detailed answers. Unfortunately, there is no diagram without answers on it - that is, you can't look at the problem and think about it, because the answer is already there. If they can manage to fix the layout for the next printing, I'm sure the book would become much more useful.
HughJfan: I don't really agree with the other reviews of this book, I've got plenty of problem collections but this isn't one of them. It's a theory book with a nice range of essays but it doesn't expect you to solve the problems yourself. I wonder if the people who'd like to try solving the problems for themselves are a bit above the level of this book perhaps. The diagrams are nearly always on another page as has been said (which didn't bother me at all) but I actually think otherwise it's nicely laid out and the typesetting is neat. I wish the negative reviews hadn't put me off buying this for so long! That said, I do already have all the books Robert Jasiek mentions in his review.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Sente versus Gote (Active or Passive)
- Chapter 2: Big versus Small Points
- Chapter 3: Attack versus Defense
- Chapter 4: Life versus Death
- Chapter 5: Big versus Small Territory
- Chapter 6: Saving versus Sacrificing Stones
- Chapter 7: Light versus Heavy Shapes
- Chapter 8: Slack Moves versus Urgent Points
- Chapter 9: Standard Moves versus Flexible Variations
- Chapter 10: Persistence versus Playing Safe
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