6 new Go books (and a few others too!)

The Theory and Practice of Tsumego teaches you the principles of life and death.

The Theory and Practice of Tsumego teaches you the principles of life and death.

Today we added six new Go books from Hinoki Press to the Go Game Shop and also updated a couple of older books.

The highlights of the current and upcoming titles are the four new books from Valery Shikshin’s Theory and Practice of Go series and two books from the Best of Kido series.

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:

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.

Should you attack or defend? Should you invade or expand? Answering these questions becomes easier after reading The Art Positional Analysis.

Should you attack or defend? Should you invade or expand? Answering these questions becomes easier after reading The Art Positional Analysis.

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.

It includes:

Click here for more information about these books.

Also in store now…

Yoda Norimoto's Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki shows that managing weak stones isn't all about brilliant attachments - it's more about good judgement.

Yoda Norimoto’s Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki shows that managing weak stones isn’t all about brilliant attachments – it’s more about good judgement.

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.

Stretch your mind and discover a new way of thinking about Go with O Meien's Zone Press Park

Stretch your mind and discover a new way of thinking about Go with O Meien’s Zone Press Park.

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.

Coming soon…

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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  1. 6 new books with covers that look as if they have been made during the 1970’s… I guess it’s the inside that counts.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Maybe so Murius, but I think the cover designs of Hinoki’s books are among the better ones (as far as Go books go).

      Even though practically everyone knows the proverb about judging a book by it’s cover, it’s especially hard with the internet not to do so, because you can’t pick up the book and look at it, so you only have limited information.

      That’s why I always ask people to review their favorite Go books in our store, so that people have something more to go on. I hope that, over time, we can build up another useful resource for Go players, even if people end up buying the books elsewhere.

      I’ve also thought about scanning sample pages from all the books, but it was hard to get good quality scans without damaging the spines of the books.

      So please everyone, write some book reviews if you can 🙂

  2. Zone press park is insightful, but more importantly, it gave me back the joy of playing Go. Thanks a lot O Sensei!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Me too Ruben. After so many months of working on GGG, I was getting tired and had lost some of my passion for Go. I read Zone Press Park on a long flight and it was just what I needed 🙂

  3. for my part, i read The Art of Positional Analysis because my teacher tell me to study kobayashi koichi. this guy is famous for his ability to make this game simple so he needs an excellent positionnal judgement . so i recommend this book and study kobayashi’s games ( for exemple in the magazine go world there are a lot of titles with kobayashi).

    • David Ormerod says:

      I haven’t had time to play through all the games in the new book yet, but I remember that studying Kobayashi’s games in 1992 Tournament Go helped me a lot. I find his style incredibly practical.

  4. Uberdude says:

    Valery Shikshin’s books sound interesting: judging a teacher by the success of his pupils he must good! I wonder what he means by “Analysis”? Reading? If so it would be a great addition to Western Go literature.

  5. hughjfan says:

    I’m looking forward to reading “The Theory and Practice of Tsumego”, sounds pretty cool. I’ll post a review once I’ve worked through it (it’s in the post already apparently – thanks!), I’m pretty keen to find out how it compares to “Life and Death” and “All about life and Death” which I’ve also got.