Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go



Lessons in the Fundamentals of GoMany Go Books Promise To Explains The Fundamentals Here Is One That Really Keeps Its Promise Kageyama S Subjects Are Connectivity, Good And Bad Shape, The Way Stones Should Move , The Difference Between Territory And Spheres Of Influence, How To Use Thickness And Walls, How To Train Yourself To Read, Where To Start Looking In A Life And Death Problem Matters So Fundamental That Other Writers Miss Them Completely He Also Points Out The Right Way To Study How To Study Joseki, For Example What Changed Me From An Amateur Into A Professional Was Getting A Really Firm Grip On The Fundamentals, Writes Kageyama The Essence Of Seven Years Of Amateur And Twenty Two Years Of Professional Playing Experience Are Distilled Into These Pages, And They Are Filled With Advice That Everyone Will Find Practical

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go
  • Toshiro Kageyama
  • English
  • 14 April 2019
  • 4906574289

10 thoughts on “Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go

  1. David says:

    Dia 2 Black blocks at 1, of course There is no need for him to wonder what White may do afterward Given a chance like this, only a feeble minded player would be uncertain where to play not this point, not here either, perhaps I should leave the position as it is Black s hand should be trembling with eagerness to play 1 He should be overcome with emotion Toshiro Kageyama doesn t mince words Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go may be visualized as Kageyama sensei leaning over your go bo Dia 2 Black blocks at 1, of course There is no need for him to wonder what White may do afterward Given a chance like this, only a feeble minded player would be uncertain where to play not this point, not here either, perhaps I should leave the position as it is Black s hand should be trembling with eagerness to play 1 He should be overcome with emotion Toshiro Kageyama doesn t mince words Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go may be visualized as Kageyama sensei leaning over your go board and smacking the back of your head every time you make a stupid move Actually, he seems like quite a nice, if crusty, gentleman he probably didn t smack people This book is neither a tutorial nor a dry textbook laying out go problems and josekis and handholding the student through their solutions Another way to think of this book is Kageyama pointing at a particularly clever move and saying Look at that Isn t that awesome He loves go and he wants you to love go, too But he wants you to stop being such a lazy dumbass about it.I first read this book way, way back when I was first learning go in college and it did nothing for me Don t be fooled by the title into thinking that Fundamentals means Basics This book is written for low ranking kyu players, but ones who have already been playing for a while Kageyama assumes you don t need any go terminology explained and that you have played enough go that when he says Have you ever found yourself in this situation the reader will nod and say, Yeah, that looks familiar As a very slightlyexperienced player now, I was able to understand a lot , but I still couldn t get a lot of it Kageyama s explanations were clear enough, but I definitely got the feeling that fine points that he expected to be intuitive and obvious were not So I ll revisit this when I am a better player.It s definitely worth reading for a low ranking player The chapters are Ladders and Nets Cutting and Connecting The Stones Go Walking The Struggle to Get Ahead Territory and Spheres of Influence Life and Death How to Study Joseki Good Shape and Bad Proper and Improper Moves Tesuji the Snap Back Shortage of Liberties the Spiral Ladder the Placement the Attachment Under the Stones Endgame Pointers He inserts many personal anecdotes, from watching movies at the theater as a child to lecturing on NHK TV, and ends the book with a detailed review of one of his own professional games, when as a young, low ranking professional, he scored an upset victory against the Meijin one of the best go players in the world at the time Can t blame him for savoring a game like that Going over his moves just highlights how much I don t understand I could kind of follow what each player was doing, but it was nothing like my own games Many of the moves seemed to radiate invisible lines of force affecting stones halfway across the board in ways I could not comprehend even though Kageyama explains each move, it s like he s a physicist giving a dumbed down explanation of string theory to an elementary school science class.This is a go classic, and one that s meant to be read slowly and then reread

  2. it me says:

    Likely the only book on improving at Go which can also be enjoyably read by someone who doesn t care about the game This is far from just a collection of diagrams and technical explanations Using his Japan of the 1970s for analogies, Kageyama shows you the importance of fundamentals in all areas of the game He admonished you for being such a scrub and tries his best to open your amateurish mind to the beauty of professional class moves It s an often very funny book that deserves its fame in Likely the only book on improving at Go which can also be enjoyably read by someone who doesn t care about the game This is far from just a collection of diagrams and technical explanations Using his Japan of the 1970s for analogies, Kageyama shows you the importance of fundamentals in all areas of the game He admonished you for being such a scrub and tries his best to open your amateurish mind to the beauty of professional class moves It s an often very funny book that deserves its fame in the world of Go

  3. Isaac Rains says:

    I learned a lot about how to play Go from this book, even though many of the lessons went over my head, but I can t imagine aentertaining instructional book for the game of Go than this one Kageyama must have been a real character, as this book is filled with personality, jokes, and tricks Certain passages had me laughing out loud, and people nearby were very confused when I tried to explain how funny this book about the game of Go is I ll certainly be rereading this one at some point.

  4. Charles Frayne says:

    Many of the finer points of this book went over my head I can t quite see when a two space extension and a three space extension are totally different moves But Kageyama puts it best when he says Experts can finesse their way out, bunglers can bungle their way out, but everybody should break through white s enclosure somehow This book covers the fundamental concepts that will help you think about Go, even if details and specific applications still elude you, and it does an excellent job Wh Many of the finer points of this book went over my head I can t quite see when a two space extension and a three space extension are totally different moves But Kageyama puts it best when he says Experts can finesse their way out, bunglers can bungle their way out, but everybody should break through white s enclosure somehow This book covers the fundamental concepts that will help you think about Go, even if details and specific applications still elude you, and it does an excellent job Whether you re a single digit kyu or a novice, Kageyama has some insights to offer you, and his conversational and clear style make this book an easy read This book does assume you know the rules of go and some basic terms like atari hane etc So if you re a complete novice, you might want to start elsewhere

  5. Chloe Moon says:

    This and Ishigure s In the Beginning were my first Go books I read this as a 15 20k It was far beyond my ability to understand, but I did learn from it It s a very entertaining read Kageyama has a great attitude about him, and hops from topic to topic in a lightfooted manner.I ve reread it around 10k and got a lotout of it, but it was still beyond me 5k now, I anticipate that when I return to it as a 1d, it will still be beyond me, and I will continue to learn from it

  6. Jamus Sumner says:

    Of all the books on Go I ve ever come across, I ve learnedfrom Kageyama than I have from any other source I ve read this book three or four times now and each time I gain new understanding Absolutely invaluable source for anyone looking to get stronger.

  7. Zachary Littrell says:

    Kageyama was a crusty old man, but with a dry as toast sense of humor He s just about everything you expect and want from a Go teacher he rambles about baseball, squeezes in references to long dead samurai, and playfully badgers his pupils for being dumb enough to make bad moves.This is the perfect must read book on Go, except for one thing it sure ain t for beginners Kageyama himself explains his mildly wonky definition of who is a beginner He assumes you re already familiar with joseki, Kageyama was a crusty old man, but with a dry as toast sense of humor He s just about everything you expect and want from a Go teacher he rambles about baseball, squeezes in references to long dead samurai, and playfully badgers his pupils for being dumb enough to make bad moves.This is the perfect must read book on Go, except for one thing it sure ain t for beginners Kageyama himself explains his mildly wonky definition of who is a beginner He assumes you re already familiar with joseki, tesuji, sente, gote, and about a dozen other Japanese terms an absolute beginner would not recognize from konnichiwa What this book is for are people who have already put in their hundred s of games of go, and have now hit a wall and need a hand getting their ass over it Will it still appeal to beginners or even people not actually that interested in playing Go Maybe At worst, you get to read a professional s passion for the game And to be honest, this isn t a book you just read once and get it I reckon I ll need to come back again and again and say, Oh, ok Now I see what the hell he was going on about Plus, it was nice that Kageyama added commentary on his own victory over the Meijin at the time, Rin Kaiho A good teacher shows he has struggles, aspirations, doubts, and goals, too And his biggest goal is to just play a good game of go and appreciate the game s simple beauties.And to watch baseball games and movies in cheapo theaters, when he has the time

  8. Howard says:

    Fantastic Written in a very personal style that is easy to identify with rather that scholarly or formal It even had me laughing out loud a couple of times.It takes the view that fundamentals are worth going over again and again, sort of like spring training in baseball No matter how long a player has been a pro, they always start with fundamentals All other skills proceed from them.I know that I will be reading this book again and again for my own spring training any time of the year Thi Fantastic Written in a very personal style that is easy to identify with rather that scholarly or formal It even had me laughing out loud a couple of times.It takes the view that fundamentals are worth going over again and again, sort of like spring training in baseball No matter how long a player has been a pro, they always start with fundamentals All other skills proceed from them.I know that I will be reading this book again and again for my own spring training any time of the year This book is valuable to players of all skill levels I highly recommend it

  9. Valentyn Danylchuk says:

    Perhaps I did not pick up all the insights at my level The main value for me is the inspiring, persuasive way the author drives the simple principles, like reading ahead with due diligence, or staying true to proper moves He explains that the main difference between a pro and an amateur is the mind discipline Pro player acts on 100% confidence, resulting from studying and analysis, without any rushed moves or wishful thinking Adopting this mindset, even with small knowledge to start, is the Perhaps I did not pick up all the insights at my level The main value for me is the inspiring, persuasive way the author drives the simple principles, like reading ahead with due diligence, or staying true to proper moves He explains that the main difference between a pro and an amateur is the mind discipline Pro player acts on 100% confidence, resulting from studying and analysis, without any rushed moves or wishful thinking Adopting this mindset, even with small knowledge to start, is the best way to improve

  10. Adrien Lemaire says:

    Excellent book that I had bought many years ago and never took the time to read, because I preferred playing than studying the game.Made me want to play Go again, but unfortunately I won t find the time for that hobby Still, the exercises inside the book were an excellent refresher and quite stimulating I recommend for all levels up to shodan.

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