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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The Most Difficult Problem Ever — Igo Hatsuyoron 120

BGJ 158 Winter 2011/12

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Goh or Wei Chi

BGJ 157 Autumn 2011

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

Those who have read the BGA history pages will probably know about the important early Go book in...

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 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

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Young Samurai: The Ring of Water

BGJ 155 Spring 2011

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

ISBN 978-0-141-33254-3

“The Ring of Water” is the fifth book in the Young Samurai series of books for...

New Go Proverbs Illustrated

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-889554-98-7

Whether in life or in go, common sayings and wisdom are recorded in the form of proverbs. In the go world, these memorable...

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...

Monkey Jump Workshop

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-9706193- 9-1

For a beginner to the game of go,...

Modern Joseki and Fuseki

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

My first impression of the two volumes of Modern Joseki and Fuseki is that it is a bad idea to publish a go book with the word modern in the title. Two of...

Go World Archive

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

For over thirty years, Go World magazine has been the premier source of English-language news, teaching and game analysis. First published at a time when...

100 Challenging Go Problems for 100 Days of Study

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-9641847-4-5

Common wisdom holds that one of the best ways to get stronger at go is to study problems. Opinion differs on whether to...

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...

Dictionary of Modern Fuseki

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 4-906574-81-0

The phrase “opening dictionary” brings to mind...

Dictionary of Basic Joseki

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

Whatever their playing strength, every go player been caught in an unknown joseki sequence and found themselves wondering whether the game would be over...

Nie Weiping on Go

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

Reviewer: Philip Waldron

ISBN 0-9641847-2-9

I must beat the Japanese 9-dans. Move X showed good judgment and took the whole board situation into account. One must...

Winning Go

BGJ 154 Winter 2010

Reviewer: Glynn Forsythe

ISBN 978-4-8053-1072-4

Subtitled "successful moves from the opening to the endgame" by Richard Bozulich and Peter Shotwell. Published by...

Magic on the First Line

BGJ 152 Summer 2010

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

by Nakayama Noriyuki

ISBN 1-932001-48-4

As I have mentioned previously I nowadays only buy books where I know the author....

Mastering Ladders

BGJ 151 Spring 2010

Reviewer: Pat Ridley

ISBN 1-932001-40-9

Mastering Ladders by Thomas Wolf is a slim volume, with 30 pages of theory and 72 problems. However it is...

Games of Go

BGJ 149 Autumn 2009

Reviewer: Pat Ridley

ISBN 978-0-9561562-1-1

It has 12 fully commented games ''...written by a kyu player for kyu players.'' The author, Neil Moffatt, a member of...

Creative Life and Death

BGJ 149 Summer 2009

Reviewer: Matthew Crosby

ISBN 978-89-90079-83-1

In her preface to Creative Life and Death, Hye-yeon Cho hopes that we can 'learn many wisdoms...