Reviews - What do customers think about In the Beginning (Beginner and Elementary Go Books)?
A Beginner's Review Aug 14, 2006
This book is great! The author explains every section of the opening. I was unsure of good vs. bad moves, and now I open stronger. You are presented with situations and several alternatives, along with the consequences. The book is small, but packed with useful information. It's well worth the price tag.
Knowing the Basics Jul 4, 2006
This book covers the basic of the game of go. It takes you from the very basics of the and builds you up to a beginning.
A must to read for learning fundamentals in opening strategy Aug 31, 2005
Reading this book I had improved my go rank to about 3 stones in a week. You will learn basic concept that will impact on first moves choices and will change (in a better way) your positional presence on the board for the whole game. 10 useful fullboard problems ask "where you should play?" and give a value (from 1 to 10) to various interesting points, so you can learn why one is better than others. You can return on same problems in future to verify your fuseki (opening) reading capability.
Great start! Nov 9, 2002
After learning Go I could only really enjoy the tiny boards because I didn't grasp how to start a big game off right. This book cuts the opening down into little parts and shows you the ideas you need to begin to form a strong opening game.
Ishi Press Elementary Go Series, Vol.1 Mar 16, 2001
As in many creation stories, we have darknees, and then light. So it is from the very first stone of a game of Go. Ishigure takes us on an exploration of these beginnings, my favorite time of the game, Because of it's open and abstract qualities, it is by it's very nature difficult to teach with authority, simply because there is none. There are very many approaches to the opening game, the basic structure and strategies of which have evolved over time. I find it fascinating, and a tribute to the flexibility of the game itself, that for as many thousands of years as Go has been played, there have been significant new developments in opening style in just the past hundred years alone.
In addressing the Beginning, Ishigure is giving us a philospohy of the game as a whole. He handles the subject matter with skill. He shows us how to build solid bases from which to attack and pincer. We see different shimari and kakari, but instead of an emphasis on joseki, Ishigure stays true to the nature of this time in the game by focusing on a broader context. We are shown the values of diferent areas, relative to position. There are problems throughout the text, and in their own section as well.. All of this leads us through nine Concepts which will help guide us through developing our own style of opening. These are principles of balance, on which every rank of player needs to act.
Reading this book has given me more insight into the state of mind required to play Go well. This of course brings more appreciation of the game; and also of the cultures which have embraced it.