Many Go players consider Lee Sedol 9p to be the top player in world.
And without a doubt he’s among the best of the best from the early 21st century.
His style of play is always exciting to watch and his games are among the most popular here at Go Game Guru.
Lee Sedol’s leave of absence
Some of you will remember that Lee Sedol took a leave of absence in mid 2009 and temporarily stopped playing professionally.
It was because of some issues with the Korean Baduk Association as well as physical and mental exhaustion from his hectic tournament schedule.
Thankfully, those issues were resolved. Lee Sedol was dissuaded from retiring and he returned to win the 2nd BC Card Cup in 2010 – apparently stronger than ever.
Lee Sedol writes his first Go book
During his time off, Lee also had the opportunity to write his first Go book and he chose to make it a series of incredibly comprehensive commentaries of his own games.
This book is slightly unusual, because top players are usually too busy competing in matches to have time to write books, especially highly detailed books like this one.
That’s what makes this book special.
An excerpt from the preface of Commented Games
As Lee himself wrote in the preface to Volume One:
At one point, when I did not plan to return to playing in tournaments, I remembered that I wanted to publish books containing my most significant games.
Baduk was always on my mind during my leave, even though I didn’t play. Fortunately, preparing these books filled the void admirably.
Commented Games by Lee Sedol is a series of three books, each of which has three games. I chose these games from among the ones I played over the course of my career (since the year 2000) in terms of the importance of the tournament, meaningfulness to my career, and personal significance.
Unlike common game commentary books, where you find a dozen games with short explanations, this book was designed to provide more detailed explanations, as well as comments on my feelings and emotions during the actual game.
Now available in English
The book contains over 300 pages of some of the most detailed and insightful Go commentary ever seen in English, as well as plenty of background material on Lee’s life and career, and his thoughts about many aspects of Go.
Destined to be a classic
I’ve been reading Lee’s Commented Games for about two weeks now and I believe this series is destined to become a classic of Western Go literature.
The book really is comparable to a modern version of Invincible: The Games of Shusaku in size, format and the quality of the contents. And I don’t say that lightly, because Invincible has been among my favorite Go books for many years.
The main difference is that Lee only reviews three games per book, but spends about 100 pages on each.
Download the sample pages
If you’d like to see for yourself, you can download a free copy of the sample pages to have a look at a selection of the contents.
Local shipping in the USA, Europe and Australia
One downside of the large format is that this is a big, heavy book.
It costs more to ship than most Go books, which is why we’ve made sure to stock it locally in the USA, Europe (UK) and Australia.
For most Go players, this should mean that you can order Commented Games by Lee Sedol from Go Game Guru and make considerable savings on shipping.
We also ship worldwide, and you can easily get an instant shipping quote by visiting the product page for this book and clicking the green ‘Add to Cart’ button.
Order Commented Games today
I know some people have been waiting for this book for a long time and since this is the first time we’ve stocked a brand new book, I’m honestly not certain what demand will be like.
We already sold quite a few copies after I added the product to our store earlier today. So if you really want to get a copy of this book as soon as possible, order now.
Currently Go Game Guru is the only store stocking this book in North America, the UK and Australia. We can always order more from Korea if we run out, but you’ll have to wait about a month.
And if you miss out, don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂