The Theory and Practice of Go
Hot off the press, The Theory and Practice of Go is a new series by Valery Shikshin.
The four book series includes:
- The Theory and Practice of Tsumego (available now – click here to buy)
- The Theory and Practice of Semeai (May 2013 – pre-order now)
- The Theory and Practice of Shapes (July 2013 – pre-order now)
- The Theory and Practice of Analysis (July 2013 – pre-order now).
Valery Shikshin (the author) is a Go coach at the Russian Go Federation who’s taught many top European players – including Alexandre Dinerchtein 3p, and his children Svetlana Shikshina 3p and Ilya Shikshin 7d.
These books are Shikshin’s training manuals, and contain the insights from more than 25 years of Go playing and teaching, condensed into four books.
They’ve just been translated into English for the first time, by Svetlana Shikshina and Shaun Cepla.
I’ve only had a chance to read Volume 1 (Tsumego) at this stage, but I enjoyed the book and learned some new rules of thumb for life and death problems. Shikshin focuses more on explaining things in terms of principles than other authors do and this book would make a good alternative to James Davies’ Life and Death.
Click here for more information about these new books.
Best of Kido
The Best of Kido series was published in 2012 and is now available worldwide with fast and affordable shipping from our warehouses in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
The two book series is a collection of some of the best articles from the Japanese Go magazine Kido.
Click here for more information about these books.
Also in store now…
Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki
The second edition of Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki has just been reprinted.
Chris Greene from Hinoki Press has updated the text to incorporate all known errata and the page weight and binding have also been improved to the standard of Hinoki’s newer books.
What was already an excellent book is now even better (read some book reviews here).
Zone Press Park
Zone Press Park is part of the Heart of Go Discovery Series and was actually published about five years ago. However, I don’t think it was that widely distributed at the time, because it received some very harsh early criticism.
Because of that, I’d never read the book myself until I finally got a copy late last year.
I was very surprised to discover that, rather than being the terrible book I’d heard about, it was one of the most interesting and thought-provoking Go books I’d read for a long time.
I can only assume that the author, O Meien 9p, irritated some people because of his strong desire for the reader to think things through for themselves.
The book uses a dialectic style, with a couple of Go writers from the Nihon Ki-in interviewing O Meien about his philosophy of Go.
At times, it seemed to me like O Meien thought the interviewers were asking too many questions, ‘grasping for knowledge’ too quickly and glossing over important points. At those times he often changed the subject to talk about food or something else (before coming back to the point).
It reminded me of some of the opaque and brain snapping texts I encountered when I took some Asian philosophy courses in my university days. So I can definitely see that this book isn’t for everyone.
However, while it isn’t for everyone, it’s a unique book that will be treasured by some players, and that’s why we’ve added it to our store.
For those of you who’ve been waiting patiently for Volume 2 of Commented Games by Lee Sedol, we also have some news about that.
I’ve been helping Baduktopia‘s Daniela Trinks (the translator) to proofread some of the chapters this week and the book will (hopefully) be ready to print in a few months.
So far I can say that the second volume is just as good as the first! As soon as I know more, I’ll let you know.
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