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 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...

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...

All About Ko

BGJ 145 Summer 2008

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

ISBN 4-906574-76-6

As I mentioned in the last journal, because there are so many Go books, I tend to choose books where I know the authors...

100 Tips

BGJ 144 Spring 2008

Reviewer: Tony Atkins

ISBN 978-89-90079-60-2

Volume 2 also available ISBN 978-89-90079-69-5

Some of you will have met Youngsun Yoon at events such as...

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...

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...

Baduk Made Fun and Easy

BGJ 140 Spring 2007

Reviewer: Ian Davis

ISBN 89-5660-167-4

”Baduk Made Fun and Easy” is a new book written by the Korean Chihyung Nam, 1p. As you might guess, it’s written for...

501 Opening Problems

BGJ 129 Winter 2002

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 4-906574-72-6

501 Opening Problems by Richard Bozulich and Rob van Zeist and 1001 Life and Death Problems...

1001 Life and Death Problems

BGJ 129 Winter 2002

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 4-906574-72-6

501 Opening Problems by Richard Bozulich and Rob van Zeist and 1001 Life and Death...

Handbook of Handicap Go

BGJ 129 Autumn 2002

Reviewer: Francis Roads

ISBN 1-889554-28-6

As a teaching gimmick, I sometimes set up a nine- stone handicap and ask what is the one and only reasonable...

Go as Communication

BGJ 129 Autumn 2002

Reviewer: Simon Goss

ISBN 1-932001-03-4

"It is often said that people are losing heart nowadays. Am I the only one who feels that people, children and...

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...

Monkey Jump Workshop

BGJ 127 Summer 2002

Reviewer: Simon Goss

ISBN 0-9706193- 9-1

When was the last time you (a) played a monkey jump and it was cut off and killed? (b) played a monkey jump and...

Cross-Cut Workshop

BGJ 125 Winter 2001

Reviewer: Brian Timmins

ISBN 0-9706193-6-7

Somewhere around 12 kyu I discovered that if I was in trouble against a weaker opponent then one retaliation,...

Jungsuk in our Time

BGJ 123 Summer 2001

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 89-7990-123-2

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

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...

A Way of Play for the 21st Century

BGJ 123 Summer 2001

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 0-9676096-1-5

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

Fuseki Small Encyclopedia

BGJ 121 Winter 2000

Reviewer: Andrew Grant

ISBN 1-889554-25-1

This is the second volume in the Nihon Ki-in’s Small Encyclopedia series, published by Yutopian. As befits...

Galactic Go: Volume 1

BGJ 121 Winter 2000

Reviewer: Alan Barry

ISBN 1-889554-47-2

Subtitled A Guide to 3-Stone Handicap Games, Galactic Go is the first volume of a projected 4-volume...

Novel Plays and Shapes

BGJ 120 Autumn 2000

Reviewer: Matthew Macfadyen

ISBN 1-889554-52-9

The title of this book is not particularly informative, in fact it is a joseki book which says novel things about...