Played throughout eastern Asia for thousands of years, go has captured the imagination of game players than any other strategy game Today, go is becoming increasingly popular in the western world as and people discover its beauty, elegance, and strategic depthThis book is the best and most authorative introduction to this ancient and fascinating game Written specifically for the western reader by one of the strongest players in the world, it presents the rules, tactics, and strategy of this unique game in a step by step, easy to understand wayBesides showing you how to play, it contains essays about the world of go which will broaden your knowledge and understanding as well as pique your interest From history to modern tournament play, from traditional playing sets to computer go, you ll find it in these pages


10 thoughts on “Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game

  1. David David says:

    I ve read quite a few introductory go books now, so I give this book 5 stars as the best one I have found so far for its stated purpose, which is to introduce the game to a complete beginner Cho Chikun is one of the strongest go players in the world today I ve found that as in everything else, people who are really good at something are not necessarily the best teachers or writers on the subject, so I liked Cho s ability to talk to someone who is just picking up the stones for the first time a I ve read quite a few introductory go books now, so I give this book 5 stars as the best one I have found so far for its stated purpose, which is to introduce the game to a complete beginner Cho Chikun is one of the strongest go players in the world today I ve found that as in everything else, people who are really good at something are not necessarily the best teachers or writers on the subject, so I liked Cho s ability to talk to someone who is just picking up the stones for the first time and not intimidate them with his godlike go powers.Cho really does cover all the basics, at an introductory level He recommends starting off with a 9x9 board Since I am no longer a rank beginner, everything he covered was already pretty basic for me I didn t even have to think about the handful of problems he gave I m past the point where this book could teach me anything But if I were to choose one single book to give a beginning player, right now it would be this one Go for Beginners by Kaoru Iwamoto is good too, but I think he packs a little too much into a book the same size as Cho s book, and some of the final chapters may stump a beginning player The Learn to Play Go series by Janice Kim and Jeong Soo Hyun iscomplete, but that sof a beginner s course, and a new player might not want to take on several volumes to start with.So, this one gets my highest recommendation for beginning go players It s short but complete, and between chapters on basic go strategy and tactics, Cho talks about the history of go and go today, including professional go associations, how much money go professionals actually make, the handicap system, and computer go Since this book was written in 1997, the sections on tournament prizes and computer go are now a bit out of date, but most of what Cho says about computer go is still true there is still no go equivalent to Deep Blue that can beat an expert human player


  2. David David says:

    Regrettably I don t have anyone to play with, and couldn t convince anyone, so I did not finish this book Maybe someday in the future I ll havesuccess.


  3. Alistair Alistair says:

    As a Go newbie I wanted a good introduction to the game I had read several introductions Wikipedia, British, French Amercian Go Associations, and also GoGameGuru s basic lessons but I still couldn t really grasp some concepts The first thing I noticed was the small size and thickness of this book However the book really does cover nearly all aspects of the game The author has a very clear way of explaining everything and all my questions sort of dissolved Every chapter has some nice As a Go newbie I wanted a good introduction to the game I had read several introductions Wikipedia, British, French Amercian Go Associations, and also GoGameGuru s basic lessons but I still couldn t really grasp some concepts The first thing I noticed was the small size and thickness of this book However the book really does cover nearly all aspects of the game The author has a very clear way of explaining everything and all my questions sort of dissolved Every chapter has some nice examples of why and how some things work and others don t.The last theoretical chapters are abiut handicap Go and an example game of the author which are understandable for my high kyu level but must be re read when I ll be better A plus of this book is that between every theoretical chapter there is acultural chapter which gives some nice to knows about Go e.g History, Equipment, Intellegince and Go, Computers and Go, Go in the far east and the rest of the World, Go competions The middle and end game as well as scoring are explained within other chapters They could maybe have had a separate chapter each to be detailed a little , but it worked fine this way also All in all this book is a very good introduction I will not put it in my bookshelf and never touch it again It is very re readable not only the explained example game and I ll use it as a reference


  4. Andrej Andrej says:

    An absolutely amazing introduction to the game of go Extremely concise and clear, but, at the same time, also comprehensive covering some strategy in addition to all the basic tactics Examples of problems and even entire games are described in detail and followed through a longer sequence of moves This is one of the books I see myself going back to a lot.


  5. Kiran Gangadharan Kiran Gangadharan says:

    Enjoyed this intro book to Go The book has a good mix of game rules strategies and it s history If you want to learn the game, this is a highly recommended read.


  6. Sebastian Sebastian says:

    Better than other beginner books I have read.I have tried several beginner books, some better than others, and some really good, however, this book by Cho Chikun trumps them all The reason is that it has real clear explanation of the concepts needed to play the game while at the same time giving you enough complexity to challenge you to take that next step towards improving.The author teaches the basics of the game using a real game example This can be challenging, since I have seen cases when Better than other beginner books I have read.I have tried several beginner books, some better than others, and some really good, however, this book by Cho Chikun trumps them all The reason is that it has real clear explanation of the concepts needed to play the game while at the same time giving you enough complexity to challenge you to take that next step towards improving.The author teaches the basics of the game using a real game example This can be challenging, since I have seen cases when it gets a little too complicated and the beginner may feel overwhelmed This is the main flaw I have seen in the beginner book Go for Beginners by Iwamoto The reason why it works better in Chikun s case is that he starts nice and slow with a 9x9 game that has very little action, so he can focus first on explaining territory without the complexities on fighting, and then little by little he adds the other elements.He blends well the game examples with explanations on capturing, ko, etc My favorite beginner book before I read this one was Learn to Play Go A Master s Guide to the Ultimate Game Volume I Learn to Play Go Series , and the reason why the Chikun s book is better is that even though both have very clear explanations for the beginner, Chikun goes a little farther He gives us the simple concept and then little by little introducescomplex ones Always making sure not to go over the top like Iwamoto does.In between chapters dealing with aspects of the game, the author spends some time to talk about the origins of Go, the status of the game in different countries and continents and other interesting tidbits These are truly great, even though the parts that have to do with specific professional players are outdated since the book was published in 1997.I really think that this is the best option for beginners out there and that it gives the readers the best bang for the buck If you are interested in learning to play this wonderful game you can t go wrong with this book


  7. Erik Erik says:

    An introduction to the introduction of the game This short 150 page book is what leads you to a 4 volume beginner books The long tail of Go is long Lots of examples interspersed with history However the book doesnt just introduce you to the goals and rules, but rather leads you to infer them This may not be great for some people There were quite a few errors in my edition stones referred to as the wrong number, or the wrong color This made the book much harder to read than it should.


  8. Invisible Invisible says:

    This is a very nice, and very readable introduction to the Go Even if you know basic rules, the author gives you nice explanations and glimpses into intermediate games.Granted, you ll still be a beginner, but foundations you ll get are well worth the read Moreover this will allow you to have a solid standing point, and to progress towards stronger plays in double digit kyu ranks.You ll miss out if you just consider this as yet another beginner book


  9. Daniel Hagström Daniel Hagström says:

    Great introduction I just started learning this game and this book gave me a lot of useful information The digital version i read from the ios app go books has a nice interface that lets you see the moves being made, like a video.


  10. robin robin says:

    an overview and explanation of basic go concepts and strategy, along with short essays about go history and culture and recommendations for further learning definitely the book I would recommend for someone interested in the game