The Way of the Moving Horse
The Way of the Moving Horse is Volume II in the Learn To Play Go Series.
Way of the Moving Horse teaches about the relationship between stones, or haengma, as well as the basics of approach, bases and extensions, basic attack and defense, capture races, ko fighting, life and death, and the tactics involved in contact fighting.
nachtrabe (13k KGS) My favorite book in the series. Once someone knows how to play, it often turns out that she doesn't really know "how to play." Basic tactics and strategy, the relationships between the stones, etc are not even grasped on an abstract level--She simply hasn't seen enough of the game to know, and so every move is a shot in the dark.
Way of the Moving Horse fills a much-needed gap here. It talks about the relations between stones, different ways that the stones move, and the basics of strategy and tactics. Concepts such as ko and capture races are presented, albeit at a very low level, but enough so that when they come up in game the student can put a name to to what she has just seen (invaluable for feeling less hopelessly lost).
Minor caveat: While I adored this book the first time through and found it just what I needed while learning, it isn't so much a good "fast review of fundamental concepts" for a stronger player.
- Part I: Principles
- 1. The Process of Go
- 2. The Knack of the Opening
- 3. Enclosures and Approaches
- 4. Answering the Approach
- 5. Bases and Extensions
- 6. The way of the moving horse
- 7. Invasion and Reduction
- Part II: Skills
- 8. How to Attack
- 9. How to Defend
- 10. The Art of the Capturing Race
- 11. Ko Fighting and Ko Threats
- 12. Life and Death
- 13. The art of contact fighting
- 14. Ending the game
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