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So You Want To Play Go

Visit Sunday Go Lesson Videos. Learn to Play Go. Starting August 15, 2012 Sunday Go Lessons will be broadcasting instructional videos at Learn to play the exciting Game of Go. This is an excellent game for your children to learn. The game will offer them hours and hours of fun. Their cognitive and math skills will improve. They will learn to concentrate for hours. The videos were created for someone who knows little to nothing about the game of Go. Go is an ancient strategy game, invented over 4,000 years ago in China, and has spread across the world. With millions of players in Asia, Go is sweeping through the Americas and Europe. “So You Want to Play Go?” offers a lighthearted, relaxed, entertaining introduction to the game and its long history.

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Customer’s Reviews:

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to begin learning Go., April 7, 2011

By Crystal Dreamer
This review is from: So You Want to Play Go? Level 1 (Kindle Edition)

This book is great! I have been watching Hikaru no Go and I decided that I wanted to learn to play. This explains all the terms that I did not understand while watching the show in easy to understand language. It is clear, easy to follow and lots of fun. I was a bit intimidated by there not being any solutions to the problems but so far I have been ok. As soon as I finish all of the problems in this volume I will definitly get volume 2. The only other thing that I find a little intimidating is the mentally reading ahead. I would love to ask the author if he was able to do this right from the start?

This is my first Go book. I previewed a bunch on Amazon and at my local book store and this is definitly the best!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for beginners, August 30, 2011

By Andrea J. Vought –
This review is from: So You Want to Play Go? Level 1 (Kindle Edition)

A friend of mine gifted me this book for my birthday to help me get my feet wet in the Go world. It’s been a fantastic resource for me and has proven itself invaluable. The writing is wry and the author doesn’t take himself too seriously. I assumed I would feel really overwhelmed while reading, as I had no Go experience prior to reading the book. But as it turns out, the book is written in a very colloquial fashion, which I find very comforting. It’s as if the author is right there coaching me as I play. For anyone new to Go or just looking for some pointers and interesting historical info, this is a great place to start.

It seems as if there are several editions out there; the edition I have is very well edited; I had no trouble following the writer’s direction, and I have a graduate degree in English!

5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further for your first book on Go, May 2, 2012

By Paul Siegel “Aspiring Mathematician” (State College, PA) –
This review is from: So You Want to Play Go? Level 1 (Kindle Edition)

It seems that the “So You Want To Play Go” series is rather polarizing: some find Hop’s light, humorous prose to be fun and endearing while others seem to think it’s unprofessional. Frankly, I think the latter crowd needs to lighten up. The vast majority of Go books out there – even the ones supposedly aimed at beginners – read like technical manuals and math textbooks rather than books about a GAME which is supposedly FUN. This is probably the only book on the market written for people who are curious about the game but not yet convinced that it’s worth the time and effort required to learn it.

Hop starts at the very beginning, introducing the reader to the cultural and historical context of the game while carefully explaining the basic rules and fundamental principles. I don’t know of any other book that provides a pronunciation guide for the Japanese and Chinese lingo that you virtually have to learn if you want to communicate with anybody about Go, nor a book that explains handicap stone placement or the basics of scoring in terms intelligible to the uninitiated. By the end of the book you will have learned everything you need to know to dive in and play. You’ll even have a leg up on other beginners: with sections like “Endgame Tragedies”, Hop helps you avoid pitfalls that many people fall into when they first start out. Most people learn how to play go by sitting down with a good player and slowly learning the ropes; while there’s ultimately no substitute for having someone who can spot your mistakes and answer your questions, this book comes as close as a book can to replicating that experience.

In conclusion, you should buy this book if:

  • You like strategy games and you’re curious about Go
  • You just started playing Go and you want a book that will deepen your interest in and understanding of the game
  • You want to read more sophisticated books but you’re confused about some of the basic principles of the game
  • You’re already hooked on Go and you’re just looking for some entertaining reading

You should probably look elsewhere if:

  • You already have a good grasp of the basics (in which case you should look at level 2 or 3 of the series)
  • You’re looking for a book of tsumego (though this book does have over 50)
  • You don’t have a sense of humor, or you take Go (a GAME) a little bit too seriously

5.0 out of 5 stars Lays the Foundation on Which You Will Build Your Future Play, May 2, 2012

By MN Law Student 2014 – This review is from: So You Want to Play Go? Level 1 (Kindle Edition)

Cannot recommend this highly enough! Learning Go can be a bit daunting at first, especially for those of us that do not have a lot of time to sit down and study the game and give it the time it deserves. However if you need the fundamentals this is THE BOOK to start with! This book is written to give you an informative and entertaining introduction to the world of Go. It’s not a go treatise, but it is a wonderfully written book for someone with no background in either the game or the culture it comes from. The author packages his information in pithy, sometimes even laugh out loud funny sound bites. Don’t let that fool you however. It’s a serious approach written in an approachable manner.

For someone who’s days are as packed as mine are, I found the author’s selection of material was the right cross-section of game fundamentals and the big picture context to put it in. Go is definitely a game for a lifetime. Like chess, its not only fun it teaches you a new way of strategic thinking. As a future lawyer that naturally appealed to me, but its applicable to every walk of life and anyone can do it. Short time to learn the mechanics, a lifetime to master the game’s subtle intricate nuances.

If you are at all interested in this game don’t try and start by throwing yourself in the deep-end with the large volume, esoteric encyclopedias out there. “So You Want to Play Go?” will give you the solid foundation you need in order to engage the game on a higher level. The author carefully selects the right mixture of material from the countless sources out there and gives you the tools you need to build-up your skill level as far as you are willing to take yourself. Good luck to all my fellow future Go masters out there! Enjoy!
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