Book Reviews

Here are some reviews from the British Go Journal and the American Go Journal of some Go instructional books, and also some Go-related novels. The order here is roughly the date order of the reviews. Click on the header Title to sort into alphabetical order.

Other reviews: David Carlton's Go Bibliography and Sensei's Library or publishers' websites.

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Novel Plays and Shapes

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 1-889554-52-9

When I first heard that a book bearing Lee...

Patterns of the Sanrensei

BGJ 160 Summer 2012

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BGJ 115 Summer 1999

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Reducing Territorial Frameworks; Kiseido

BGJ 172 Summer 2015, Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Shuko Fujisawa

There is more to this slim 1980 volume of 200 pages of A5 than meets the eye. The book starts with a section expounding and illustrating principles and side benefits of reduction. The middle half of the...

Teach Yourself Go

BGJ 115 Summer 1999

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The 21st Century Dictionary of Basic Joseki, Vol. 1

BGJ 158 Winter 2011/12

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The Book of Go

BGJ 127 Summer 2002

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 978-0-8069-2729-9

This beginners’ book provides a new variation on an old theme by including a miniature Go set which fits into a...

The Chinese Lake Murders

BGJ 156 Summer 2011

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

ISBN 0-226-84865-5 (publisher University of Chicago Press)

Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) was a Dutch...

The Go Companion

BGJ 148 Spring 2009

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

by John Fairbairn and T. Mark Hall

ISBN 1-932001-43-3

As I mentioned in previous reviews, I only buy books where I know the...

The Meijin's Retirement Game

BGJ 160 Summer 2012

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The Most Difficult Problem Ever — Igo Hatsuyoron 120

BGJ 158 Winter 2011/12

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

BGJ 155 Spring 2011

Reviewer: Bill Brakes

Hard back edition ISBN 978-0-340-92156-2
Trade paperback ISBN 978-0-340-92157-9
Paperback B-format ISBN 978-0-340-92158-6
Paperback A-format ISBN 978-0-340-92159-3


Think Like a Pro: Pae

BGJ 143 Winter 2007

Reviewer: Ian Davis

ISBN 89-90079-42-X

The first time I saw a book on ko, I remember thinking to myself, why on earth devote a book to such a narrow topic as ko. By the...

Top European Players Training

BGJ 146 Autumn 2008

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

ISBN 978-80-254-2611-1

Catalin Taranu is another one of those authors I know, but only a very recent addition to the list, as this...

Train Like a Pro

American e-Journal review, republished by permission of the American Go Association

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

Vol. 1 ISBN 0-90079-26-8 Vol. 2 ISBN 0-90079-27-6

While everyone dreams of having a professional teacher to pass on the secrets of the...

Understanding Dan Level Play

BGJ 159 Spring 2012

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Understanding How to Play Go

BGJ 123 Summer 2001

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 1-9706193-0-8

Go books appear at such a rate nowadays that the habits of the 1970’s, when most of the keener players...

Vital Points and Skilful Finesse for Sabaki; Hinoki Press

BGJ 172 Summer 2015, Author: Roger Huyshe

by Yoda Norimoto

Only when you have understood the meaning of light and heavy formations, is it time to move on to the more subtle concept of sabaki. Sabaki is the result where weak or invading stones emerge with some...

Vital Points and Skillful Finesse for Sabaki

BGJ 141 Summer 2007

Re viewer: Charles Matthews

ISBN 0-9788874-0-9

Expert level Go is not that easy to explain. One of the main attractions is, though, simple enough to put across: the...

Whole Board Thinking in Joseki

BGJ 173 Autumn 2015, Reviewer: Roger Huyshe

by Yilun Yang

This comes in two volumes, the first on 3-4 point low kakari and the second on 3-4 point high and far approaches. The cover beautifully illustrates the thinking behind the book. Problems come in a group of 2 or 3,...