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Go Basics: Concepts & Strategies for New Players  by Peter Shotwell

Published by Tuttle Publishing, 2006

It’s not surprising that Go is one of the oldest games still being played today; it’s also one of the most challenging, stimulating, and fascinating games around. Go Basics provides a simple but thorough introduction that’s perfect for beginners. With its easy to follow instructions and over 600 diagrams showing examples of how to play, you’ll be ready to enjoy this classic game right away.

It starts by focusing on smaller 9 x 9 games, making it easier to understand basic Go tactics and strategies, and introduces fundamental strategies such as invading, sacrificing, using ko, and thinking territorially. It also explains Go’s unique handicapping system, making every game even those between beginners and experts exciting. Go Basics also includes a CD-ROM developed by the American Go Association that will help you build your skills before testing them against other players.

Peter Shotwell is an internationally known expert on the relationship of Go to Eastern and Western philosophy, literature, and history. He has been writing about Go for nearly twenty years and has lived in China, Tibet, and Japan while researching the origins and background of the game. Mr. Shotwell is also the author of Go! More Than a Game.