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List of Kiseido Books Currently in Print
Learning the rules
Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game
by Cho Chikun
After learning the rules
Graded Go Problems for Beginners
by Kano Yoshinori 9-dan
Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Vol. 1
Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Vol. 2
Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Vol. 3
Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Vol. 4
The Second Book of Go
Opening Theory Made Easy
Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go
The Elementary Go Series
For those who want to become dan-level players, the Elementary Go Series is must reading. In these seven volumes every aspect of the game is covered. Considered by many to be a masterpiece of go writing.
Volume One: In the Beginning
Volume Two: 38 Basic Josekis
Volume Three: Tesuji
Volume Four: Life and Death
Volume Five: Attack and Defense
Volume Six: The Endgame
Volume Seven: Handicap Go
The Road Map to Shodan
The Road Map to Shodan is a new series of go books whose aim is to provide the novice with the strategic principles and tactical skills to rise to the level of an expert player (shodan or 1-dan).
Handicap-Go Strategy and the Sanrensei Opening
The Basic Principles of the Opening and Middle Game
The Basic of Life and Death
A Survey of the Basic Tesujis
Opening and Middle Game
Go Problems for Kyu Players
Graded Go Problems for Dan Players
This new series of books is a translation of a popular Nihon Ki-in collection for aspiring dan players. It is designed to provide low-kyu and low-dan players with the essential grounding in the basics of life-and-death, tesuji, the opening, joseki, and the middle game needed to develop deep and accurate reading and the intuition to compete as dan players. The level of the problems starts at around 5-kyu and, through the whole series, works up to 7-dan.
Volume One: 300 Life-and-Death Problems
5-kyu to 3-dan
Volume Two: 300 Tesuji Problems
5-kyu to 3-dan
Volume Three: 300 Joseki Problems
1-dan to 3-dan
Volume Four: 300 Life-and-Death Problems
4-dan to 7-dan
Volume Five: 300 Tesuji Problems
4-dan to 7-dan
Volume Six: 300 Joseki Problems
3-dan to 7-dan
Volume Seven: 256 Opening and Middle Game Problems
1-dan to 7-dan
Mastering the Basics Series
Along with playing games, practice is essential for mastering go technique, namely, practice in analyzing positions and reading out all their variations. However, the practice players get from their games is limited, whereas problem books can give the amateur go player a vast variety of positions that might occur in their games. Practice also keeps the mind sharp and in top form. This is the reason professionals are always solving problems.
Practice must also include repetition if it is to be effective. If you have to find the same kind of tesuji in similar patterns over and over again, spotting that tesuji in a game will become second nature.
It is the purpose of this series to provide a vast number and a large variety of problems -- in every phase of go, from the opening to the endgame -- for amateur players to practice their go technique. To accommodate so many problems, the explanations are minimal and limited to either illustrating a fundamental principle or a tesuji.
The problems are not hard; they range from very easy to moderately difficult. A dan player should be able to solve them within a minute, sometimes on sight, but it may take a bit longer for kyu-level players. But even if you are a dan player, solving these problem will keep your go sharp and give you the competive edge needed to win your games.
Volume One: 501 Opening Problems
Volume Two: 1001 Life-and-Death Problems
Volume Three: Making Good Shape
Volume Four: 501 Tesuji Problems
Volume Five: The Basics of Go Strategy
Volume Six: All About Ko
Volume Seven: Attacking and Defending Moyos
Volume Eight: Fight Like a Pro -- The Secrets of Kiai
Volume Nine: An Encyclopedia of Go Principles
Volume Ten: Close Encounters with the Middle Game
Volume Eleven: Sabaki The Art of Settling Stones
Volume Twelve: Attacking and Defending Weak Groups
Problem books to make you an expert player
The Get Strong at Go Series
Written, compiled, and edited by Richard Bozulich
These problem books cover every phase of the game from the opening to the endgame. Each contains more than 170 problems ranging in difficulty from elementary to advanced, so they can be used by players from 25-kyu to dan level. By studying go in this problem format, you will not only learn the basic principles as to why moves are made, but you will also train yourself in thinking through and analyzing the positions that arise in your games. Diligent study of this series will lay the foundation for becoming a strong player.
Get Strong at the Opening
Get Strong at Joseki, Volume 1
Get Strong at Joseki, Volume 2
Get Strong at Joseki, Volume 3
Get Strong at Invading
Get Strong at Tesuji
Get Strong at the Endgame
Get Strong at Life and Death
Get Strong at Handicap Go
Get Strong at Attacking
Refining your go technique
A Guide to Four-Stone Handicap Games
by Yang Huiren and Sangit Chatterjee
The Direction of Play
by Kajiwara Takeo
The Chinese Opening
by Kato Masao 9-dan
Joseki and Fuseki Dictionaries
21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Volume 1
21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Volume 2
by Takao Shinji 9-dan
A Dictionary of Modern Fuseki: The Korean Style
Invincible: The Games of Shusaku (soft cover)
Modern Master Games, Volume One
by Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich,
with historical notes by John Power
The 1971 Honinbo Tournament
by Iwamoto Kaoru 9-dan
The World of Chinese Go
by Guo Juan
Tournament Go 1992
A yearbook of Japanese professional go
translated and compiled by John Power
The 2014 Ten-Game Match
between Lee Sedol and Gu Li
by Rob van Zeijst and Michael Redmond 9-dan (Part Two)
Part One: Games One to Five
Part Two: Games Six to Eight
Everything you want to know about go
The Go Player's Almanac 2001
edited by Richard Bozulich
Go World back issues
Go World was a quarterly magazine covering the international go scene,
with 129 issues published from November 1977 to February 2013.
Each issue contained comprehensive news coverage of all major go events
in the world, in depth commentaries of games from international
and national tournaments, and instructional articles.
All back issues from #72 and some earlier ones are currently available.
Go World #72-#129
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