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The six stones in Dia. The two black stones in Din. This is what happened in Dia. The solidly connected group in Dia. Solidly con- nected stones cannot be captured one by one. II Block e is in atari, three ofits four liberties being occupied by white stones. If White tokes its l: This is a C2SC, by the way, in which me capture of one stone has a big effect.

Docked up by his strong. H Dia. Com- pare this with Dia. IS arc in their only liberty being the contcr point. If Dhck takes this point by pbying 1 in Dia.

IS Example Three of the black stones inDia. White I inDia. White in Dia. The capturing Dlo. White nuy remove it by playing 2 inDia. Similarly Dlack t in Din. Whire r in Din. White 1 irsclfislcft in 31ari, so you might think thatlllackcould rcaptme it by playing zin Dia.

JJ, restoring the position to its original sr"re. Then White Dia. The next diagram shows the whole boord ot tl1e moment tltc ko fight began. JZ, which wu awi against the rhrec stones rkcd.

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Therefore in the game White connected at 3 in Dia. Doth Dlaek 8 and White n were ko threats which bad to be answered, but wbcn White captured Capture 31 Dia. Ko fights come in many sizes ond fomu, and: Hctc arc two more cx- ampi! White mwt make a ko threat with 4, and Black hos rite chance to connect with 5 in Dio. This allows White cbe chance to finish cbc ko by capntring a second stone at 8 in Dia. CO 34 Co for Btglmurrs Dia. If Black ignores the ko tll!

The best White c. Loter, if White or s ond ignores a second Dbck ko threat, he con capture aU the black stones by playing at 'b'. This ko light favours Black in that be con win it by ignoring only one ko duc:: Dy the way, the exchange shown previously in Dias. If you play your first game a. The mosr basic principle of go a Uin. This group docs not hove two eyes; it just has one big eye and is dead.

Do you see that it can be caprured? If not, look at Dia. Black r puts rhc entire white group in at. St liberty at 'a'. Black con copture all of them by playing back into 'b'.

Black should be in no hurry to play t in Dio. White cannot get away. At the end of the game tlte white stones inDia. If niack plays t in D. Let tlS look at two more simple positions.

Whot do you moke of the white stones inDio. If it is White's turn, he Dia. Dut if it is Black's tum ond he plays tin Dia. It is not bord to see chat after Dlnck 1 it is impossible for White to get two eyes, and in fact he is just two moves away from being captured. White now answcrs lllack t and z. If White plays 'c', c: The white stones in Dia.

Gl with 1 inDia. White z is ncct-ss. How Dhck octually copwres them after Dia. You should keep in mind that it is a waste of time actually to -'-- Dlt. Gt Dine. At the end of the game: Ire removed jS prisoners lnyw: On Dla.

False Eyes The white group inDia. Ir to have two eyes, but it is dead. SG l la. It does no good for White to Connect 3t ], since this would leave his whole group with ly o. Whirc cannot conntct the ko, and there is no way for him to make a second eye.

The right-hand eye in Dia. If Black I I 1 ' Je6. White r in Dia. Look bock to Dias. The three white stones in Dla. C6 'b'.

The point 'a' inDia. The groups in Dias. The group in Dia. Capture 41 Examples Now here arc some fur: Test your: Examples Bbck to pby and live.

Itforms one definite eye U. Answer 3 Wlllte is de;td. He has two folse eyes, but only one real one. If Black needs to remove the wlllte stones he can start with I and 3 in answer Ja. After connecting this ko ate in answer 3b, he can continue with. This second Black 3. He has apnea! Use, but Black has two other good oncnnd is alive.

If Black lets Whiie play I in answer sb, then he is left with odly. Look at Dia. The two black Ditt. They -Sh. G9 I Din. The b ack and white stones OI!!

Whar if Black docs. He is alive he catt get eyes by playing either 'a' ot 'b '. Captme 4S four points of territory an9 four prisOners. Tn all of them stones with no eyes, or only one ,. Notwithstonding all of these examples, scki is not very common, cropping up perhaps once' in twenty games. According to tlte rules of go neitltcr player can cotont any territory in a seki.

Admittedly, this m c Is somewhat arbitrary. Is it still sel: How should Black continue to produce n seki? Slightly difficult. Eumple 7 Answer 6 It is still scki.

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White must not play l in answer 63, for oftcr he captures the three black stones with J, Black 4 in amwer 6b kills him. If White plays 2 in answer 7b, then Black 3 makes a scl: I from the game in Ch:: These plays arc usually too small tO be worth making in the cor! The fQllQwing examples should show you what to look for when defending your terricory or re- ducing your opponent's territory at the edge of the board.

Example t Wlut happens ifW11i Dbck can cut at r in Dia. S White tries to run away wid1 z, 4, and 6 his stones will be ch3. Sed imo the con1cr, whecc dtcy will meet with disaster. Black 7 t3kes their last liberty.

Instead of playing z etc. You must be aware of dangas like this. For White to play 'a' ic Dia. On the one hand Dlack has Cl! Uscd White to play three stones inside his own territory, reducing it by three points. On the otlter hand Dlack x, 3 and sore dead, and at the end of the game they will be lifted from tltc boor. The net rcsu]t is even.

Black should not, however, ploy moves like r, 3 and S just to sec if hii opponent is awake enough to: He should s. We digress further to mention a significant difference be-- tween Dias. The first is that former reduce White's tcrcitory by two poi1us, indenting itat 2: The second is aftct Di: There arc technical terms for this which you ntight: Dbclc t: I are called strlle plays, mconing that White cannot afford nor to answer them.

Black 3 in Dia. We also say that aficr Dia. Black 2 in Oia. After White tt the Dlack gcoup including 4 and 10 is cut off and may get irno trouble, and Dbck hos little chance of making tcrritocy in the centre. Black 4 in Dia. For one thing, there is more 5pacc between Bltck e and the black wall in Dia. In the prcser. Black 1 in Dia. Exomple S Black 1 is a good w.

Sec if you can find it. IS 10 assure Qfat least ten potn! If be I in Oia. If Black plays 2, White can connect underneath at 3. Black may try tO keep White from connecting by playing 2 in Dia. The cut at 1 inDia. Then if Dlaek plays 5 and 7, Wlme need not protectag: If White mis,. Sb Answer to Ex.: Allrhc Slime, every go ne-eds to learn the basic rechniq"cs described here. I Dlack plays atari against White with x.

How will t1Us end? Continuing as inDia. Needless co say, be should have given up inDia. This kind of zig-zag formation is. White plays 1. This stone lies in the pau of the shicho, md Block must capture at 2, letting White ploy a second stone ac 3, which Is rather h3rd ou DJack e.

White l J becomes a uri against llt. I and z, or is broken, like the one in Dia. You con cosily read out a shicho by eye alone, cspeciotly if you use the handiap points the dotted on the board as landmarks. Shicho For example, suppose Black is thinking of playing 1 in Dta. Well, if he I the shicho wiD pass through the handiap point in the lllJddle of the lower side turning left. It will therefore also I - Jl Db..

G pass. Jdt side. Y is an ex: This play traps th'e two black stones morkcd e. Black may struggle for fn: There are, however, moves like Dlack r, 3: Geta a11a Loose Shidro 65 I I r. Please cogitate for a 1uomcnt before Jook- 'ing at dtc ncxr dingram. Dlack 1 to 7 in Dia. At the end of Dla. It is a bit like a real shicho, but Dlack's plays. Example I White r in Dia. It is atari against the stone e. He Dia. Example z Dla.. Dhck h. Afrcr Semem' 67 rh1s diagra': After J?

The black one has three [ibenies, while the white one has fout. Even though he is behind by one liberty, lllock is not lost i11 this case. In these cwo examples it was just a rn3uer of counting liberties, but Olller scme: U are more complicated.

Now have a go at the following examples. How can Black keep him from gctnng aw: Does he have more than one move here? Can White caprure bim? I ' This problem is not as clcar-cut as the previous ones, but see whot you on figure out on your own before looking at the answer.

After 4, White iJ tr: If Block incorrectly plays 2 in answer 4b, White will get owoy by eopruring the two stones morkd e. They hove only two libenies while the white scones htve three.

If White plays 1 in answer sb, he will be unable ro pby on either side ofDb. White s is. In answer 6b, tltc white stones marked arc lost. White norns outwards at 2. Black I in answer 7c is f.

The stone e is sacrificed,?: But gcncr. Answer 7e is usually better for Black dun before because his stones ore doser to having two eyes than in answer 7c. Also, instead of s Black might play 'b' or some other point, accord- ing to White will probobly play.

Of course, if White fails to answec Black 1, Black can play at 3 in answer? I are vulnerable to apturc. Do you see the ones we mean?

White I in Dia. After Black 4 do you sec the snap-bnck cooling? What is White's next play? Wllire plays sin Dia. Now lflllock plays 'a', - - I: Shortage of Liberties In Din. In a sense tbesc stones are corutccted to the strong ond on the l ln. When he ploys 6 in K The kind of copture seen in the bst tltrce examples works hec. Now we arc going ro deal with the more important matter of lUlling large groups of stOnes by preventing them from forming two eyes.

This topic of life and death was introduced in Cluprcr:: For example, the two black groups in Dia. I both contain three vacant points. In the same way White 'b' kills the group on the left. As you 3lso lc3n1ed in Chapter z, four in: The two black groups in Dla. If Black plays there he is alive with eyes, but if White plays t in Dia. Let trs sec why. If lack captures the three white intmdcr. It so happens tba. The shape shown in Dia. Life a11d Dralh 79 Dia.

Nothing more need be done to them, and they will be removed from the board at the IO, putting Black into atari. The four white stones have chc same shape as was Studied in Dias. JO The shape of five spoccs shown inDia. II is much the same. If Black pbys 'f' he lives, but if White plays thetc he dies. There is even one sb2pc containing six spaces thar: White ' eSc' ,. Dlock 1 in Dia. Obviously if White were able to ploy 1, he would 15 Uln.

IG hnve at Icon two eyes. It may not be so obvious th3t the white group in Dia. Black can capture White by playing 4 in Dia. Block 1 in Dia. If Black surted with 1 in Dia. The rcctongular six J ju,, 22 shape illustrated in Dia.

If Dlack attacks at I White will answer at 2, 2nd then if. Black plays 3 White will play 4, or vice versa, making two eyes. If we introduce a cutting point as in Dia. Z3, however, the situation changes.

White z in Dia. Actually all three of the plays in Dia. If White is able ro repair the cutting point by playingt in Dia. IfBiaek were able to play at 1 he would b. Perhaps be will try to run out wid1 2. JZ, but then Dlaek throws in another stone ot the l: Since lllack cannot alford to the four white S! U Din. Of cou. Block gets to play 1 in Dia. S6 Dla. When Black hos two outside liberties, as in Dla. The attack comes as 'before, but now after Whlte 3 he can. The reason for this is that at the end of the game White could make some.

Black have to capt lle. Since Black would have no ko threats, he woulp be powedcss Din. The black group in Dia. Example 1. The next two examplcs. How can Dlack kili him? Black to play kill. Example 4 Black to play and kill. Example 6 Black to play and live. I Exnm,plc G Example 7 Black to play and kill. Example 8 Black to play and kill. If White ployed there he could live by capturing four in a row, but witb the shape made by Black 1, he is dead.

Answers Black I in answer sa is the only move which forms a second eye. You c. If White tries to approach with 4, Dlack plays s and White u in atui. Co for Btgirmm Answer 8 Black 1 in answer 8a is the only move that works in this cose.

If White plays z, d1en Black 3 leaves Jilin witl1 only one eye. I, White will play ot 'a'. IfWhire were to attack at z or J, Black would play at I and five. If Black plays z iu answer Iob, then he dies outright. Clrnpter 9 General Strategy We have fi nished dealing with tl1e! The present chaplet is devoted to such matters, and you can learn more by swdying rho ex: It is also easiest to form eyes in the comer, should you have to defend your stones.

This does not mean that you must lllke comer territory to win, even though there is a go saying to d1at effect. You can- not, however: A sbimari does not really secure the comer territory.

Perlups you think du t it is inefficient to place two stones so dose to each other early in dte game, but hundreds of yean of experience hove proven the value of a shimori. First to cstab- lish a strong bose and dten to pia y on a larger scale is one goocl Strategy in go.

Black r in Dia. It reaches out a helping hand to Black 8 and forms a loose but large terrirorinl framework. Wllitc I res for later o. ExtmsiotlS This brings us to the subject of c"tensions, such as White t in Dia.

When extending along. Instead of play- ing White I in Dia. On the upper side Wbitc would like to extend to one of the points marked X , but an extension in the direction of 1 is more valuable because it is: Black I in Dio. Wbcn extension is made on lhe third line, it is mainJy vulnerable to pressure from a bovc. In Dia.. Against an ex- tension on the founh line, however, it is gencra. II is a rypial extension made for defensive purposes. If Whirc extended even one line further, to I in Dia.

S in Dia. WIUte 3 at 'd' would leave him with a "'fc position, buc it would be a bit cramped ns compared with Dia. I in Dia. When extending tow: Next Black might skip again to ' c', 'f', or 'g', while Whirc whould probably answer Black I by pbying 'e' himself, to defend IUs own position. White 1 inDia. COmpare thi,s wit! Black 5 inDia. Such movenre collcd Ju. We eonnor do T: The moyes tltot immediately preceded Wltite t in Dia. In tl1e fonner White has simply extended rowards Black's stone in the lower right.

Uld can next play 'n', perhaps, to!

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I I Di3. By doing so toucan consume d1e comer territory. The position Black 9 ' 1 3. Block e and the mighty wall. Strattgy Insteod of pbying: These joselti of the point invasion ote so important that they should be the lim ones you leorn. Hasami Dlack Dia. Jlting the opponent's extension along the side of the board. If Black played' q', White would tighten up his formation by playing 's' instc: After Dla.

By playing 6. Thcrcis a go saying, 'Stay away from tl1ickncss', which tells how to play against thick positions. In Dlo. Read it. Master the game of Go. Mar 13, Joe rated it liked it. Chess represents clear battle-lines; with advances and bulwarks defined visually by rank and proximity.

By contrast, Go is the board-game equivalent of a Rorschach Test, with it's black and white stones flowing like monochromatic water into little pools and fissures. Deciphering who's ahead in chess is usually a simple matter of counting the pieces while making dispensation for sharp attacks and ambitious pawns. Discerning the leader in a Go match not only requires a ten-fold accounting job, but Chess represents clear battle-lines; with advances and bulwarks defined visually by rank and proximity.

Discerning the leader in a Go match not only requires a ten-fold accounting job, but also a keen analysis of many small pattern and how they link together. So it was that solving the puzzles presented in Go for Beginners sometimes felt more like they were testing my intuition than my calculation and when my intuition proved correct, I was most gratified. But when my guess was off by ten intersections, it felt like those little stones had formed an impenetrable wall; for where does one turn when your intuition fails and your computation isn't up to snuff.

The answers provided come with some analysis, but sometimes this consists mainly of a list of the followup moves as opaque in their reasoning as the first move in the sequence. But while learning the game can be as frustrating as it is fascinating, learning the game's vocabulary and culture is a treat.

Read Go for Beginners to discover a delightfully designed system of rank and handicap, to see the strength of having two 'eyes', to witness the seeming contradiction that is Ko a situation of endless capture and recapture and to feel the hostile beauty of the phrase 'me ari me nashi' 'I have one eye and you have none!

Jan 23, Dave rated it it was ok. Vaguely explains the game of go. Sep 11, Kevin rated it really liked it. An excellent introduction to the classic game of go.

It's a bit dated in its style but it's a perfectly workable first book for a novice. It's not a long book but there is a lot packed in there. The rules of the game are presented by walking the reader through an example game, which is a nice touch. The second part of the book is a thorough overview of tactics and strategy. Many of the exercises I think are a bit too difficult for a raw beginner, but it is worth spending time going over them any An excellent introduction to the classic game of go.

Many of the exercises I think are a bit too difficult for a raw beginner, but it is worth spending time going over them anyway. Apr 12, Hamdanil rated it really liked it Shelves: A decent beginner book on Go for me having played for a couple of weeks. Many useful concept and tactics which you probably could not come up with learning on your own. The writer is an expert player, and though for most part he writes in simple, friendly language intended for beginners, I don't necessarily understand all the concept he explains, especially analysis of two professional games at the end.

Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, which were explained in the first mention and in the A decent beginner book on Go for me having played for a couple of weeks. Also, contain a lot of Japanese terms, which were explained in the first mention and in the appendix.

Jun 22, Zacharycbruce rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my first go book, and so I owe it a lot for starting off a long time love affair.

I've since looked at many other beginners go books, and still think this is excellent. The Learn to Play Go series is also very good, and will take someone on a gentler progression than this single volume. But this is cheaper, and shorter. It has a little less hand-holding, which can be either good, or bad. I'd advise people to buy this, play lots of games, and work through the Graded Go Problems for Beginn This was my first go book, and so I owe it a lot for starting off a long time love affair.

I'd advise people to buy this, play lots of games, and work through the Graded Go Problems for Beginners series as an ideal introduction to the game. Feb 15, Coryke rated it really liked it. This is a very dense read. Do not let the small page count dissuade you from reading this very valuable introduction to the game of go. Concepts are explained clearly and simply. Examples are plentiful and challenging. This is a book to which I will return frequently. See especially Iwamoto's explanations on ko fights pp.

These explanations strike a great balance of clarity and challenge. Sep 14, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: I had dabbled in Go previously, but after reading this book it became clear why I had always been decimated.

That is, my background is entirely in chess, and I tried to play Go with a chess strategy. This was a very eye-opening book and I can see an inkling of why so many say that it is a beautiful game. I must explore more. View 2 comments. Jan 20, Nick rated it liked it. A slim beginners guide to Go with an explanation of the rules, example games with commentary and some elementary tactics. The text is dense with ideas, so this will definitely need re-reading at some point.

Jul 18, Dian rated it really liked it. This book is good but not an easy read. I had to take out my go board and played along while reading. I only read the first part though. This is a book that I hope to finally finished reading one day. It's a gem, but needs work and persistence. Jun 10, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm going to have to spend time studying this. I'm not an expert on go and this is the first go book I've ever read. But I've read dozens and dozens of rule books for board games and this book certainly works for me.

Dec 17, Lina Skoldmor rated it really liked it. Perfect for beginners. Apr 29, Jenna rated it it was ok Shelves: A tad overwhelming and perhaps it would have been less so if I had a Go board next to me. I may reread Hikaru no Go and try to actually pay attention to the rules, instead Feb 15, Alexander Fedorov rated it it was amazing.

The best introduction to the Go. Covers everything you need to start playing. Jul 23, Alex rated it really liked it. A good introduction to beginner Go plays. Expect technical explanations with good images. May 08, John rated it really liked it. A solid introduction to the ancient game of Go. The book gives enough information and basic strategy for a newcomer to start playing. Melissa Fan rated it really liked it Jun 26, Nick rated it really liked it Jul 18, Patrick Dugan rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Chris Wayland rated it it was amazing May 03, Alexey Vyskubov rated it really liked it Jan 24, Rafael Moreno rated it really liked it Feb 25, Morgan Faas rated it liked it May 15, Chris rated it it was amazing Jun 07, Liviu rated it really liked it Nov 17, Frank rated it really liked it Oct 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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