There are only two games I enjoy playing Go and poker Go because it involves intuition and aesthetics, poker because it involves psychology and group dynamics Both are games which, rather than distracting from life, teach me about it. This book is pretty out of date 1908 There are much better introductions to the game now Additionaly, my copy had a large section bound out of order There is some interesting material in it though, and he does try to cover some of the aspects of the game that aren t often covered in introductory texts. This is a nifty little guide, I can see why its still around However, I would call it first and foremost a piece of Go history, and secondarily a decent introduction to the game and its past Only with few other options available would I advise using this to actually learn to play Quite aside from the probability that learning interactively is ideal online or in person , there are also better books around Should there be no other source accessible to you then so be it, and I definitely do re This is a nifty little guide, I can see why its still around However, I would call it first and foremost a piece of Go history, and secondarily a decent introduction to the game and its past Only with few other options available would I advise using this to actually learn to play Quite aside from the probability that learning interactively is ideal online or in person , there are also better books around Should there be no other source accessible to you then so be it, and I definitely do recommend this book for otherwise non instructive purposes Many of the historical anecdotes presented within are not so well represented elsewhere.The main trouble as I see it is all in the layout A useful diagram is shown, variably following or followed by pages of turn by turn commentary Unless the reader has a board in front of them, they have only two options Either keep the board in memory, adding moves mentally as you read them, or flip several pages back to the diagram between one move and the next I m not saying this is impossible Go players seem to eventually have phenomenal memory In fact, in the early 20th century when this was written, it might not have been an unreasonable request for a beginner Before the Google effect really kicked in people were better at these things I personally found it quite difficult, but that really saysabout me than the book.Regardless, it s worth a read While the actual instructive bits are tedious, every other part was fascinating and informative This was the first book on the game of go which I read unfortunately for me, in retrospect I believe that it is the worst book on this game If not the very worst, there are certainly many many other introductory books on this game which are far superior For instance, Learn To Play Go A Master s Guide to the Ultimate Game by Janice Kim is excellent and what I usually recommend to beginners And Go, a Complete Introduction to the Game by Cho Chikun is also a solid and thorough text for b This was the first book on the game of go which I read unfortunately for me, in retrospect I believe that it is the worst book on this game If not the very worst, there are certainly many many other introductory books on this game which are far superior For instance, Learn To Play Go A Master s Guide to the Ultimate Game by Janice Kim is excellent and what I usually recommend to beginners And Go, a Complete Introduction to the Game by Cho Chikun is also a solid and thorough text for beginners.I can cut Smith a little slack observing that his text was originally published in 1908, a time when there were precious few books on this game written in English OK, slack granted But there is no reason to read this book in the twenty first century, save for historical and or curiosity value I am not exaggerating when I say this is a game changer I read this book and now my friends won t play go with me any Be careful what you wish for, I guess Passing from China, where it was developed over , years ago, to Japan, where it today commands a vast and enthusiastic following, Go is probably the oldest intellectual game in the world Similar to chess, it leaves nothing to chance, requiring great strategy and carefully plotted campaigns to achieve an impregnable position, block enemies from lines of communication and win a series of battles To penetrate this complicated, challenging game requires a great guide and this is it Unsurpassable in its clarity and comprehensiveness, The Game of Go has been the classic guide to the game since it was first published in