Get Strong at Life and Death

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Out of all the different aspects of Go, life and death is the most important. Even at the professional level, the top players are always the ones who are the most proficient in life and death. If you want to improve at Go and become a truly strong player, you need to master this topic.

Get Strong at Life and Death

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Book Description:

Killing isolated groups or finding a way to make two eyes for them is an important technique that every Go player must acquire.

Positions in which you must determine whether a group is alive of dead occur in almost every game, and the player whose skill at killing a group or finding the moves that will give his own group two eyes stands the better chance of staging an upset. In fact, life and death is regarded as so important that apprectices studying to become Go professionals are required to spend many hours each day solving life-and-death problems in order to improve their analytical abilities.

Solving a life-and-death problem requires the reading out of the solution as well as the numerous variations and moves that the opponent may respond with. This often requires reading more than six moves deep and keeping a picture in your mind of the resulting positions of all variations. Such activity can be likened to mental weight training.

Although this is first and foremost a problem book (containing 230 problems), the explanations of the main topics make it useful as an introduction to life and death and it should be accessible to players who have read an introductory Go book and played a few games.

Divided into three parts, the first part systematically covers the basics of life and death, starting with the fundamental concept of eye space. Next, the three essential tesujis used to kill groups are introduced: the hane, the placement and the throw-in. In another section the reader is shown when it is appropriate to expand his eye space and when he should fall back and play on a vital point. Also included in this part are a complete explanation of the bent-four-in-the-corner shape and the ten-thousand-year ko. The last two sections in this part present a thorough analysis of the comb formation and the carpenter's square.

Part Two contains 100 life-and-death problems of postitions that arise from josekis and their variants. In many of the standard pattterns presented, small changes are made in the configuration of nearby stones and the effect on the status of the group under seige is illustrated in a series of problems. The material in this part is aimed at stronger players.

The final part contains 64 problems for the reader to review and practice the principles learned in the first two parts.

This Book is part 8 of the Get Strong at Go Series.

Additional Information

Skill Level3: Advanced
AuthorRichard Bozulich
SeriesGet Strong at Go
FormatPrinted book
Delivery MethodShips worldwide from closest available location
Ships FromEurope, Australia
Dimensions (in)8.3 x 5.8
Dimensions (cm)21 x 14.7
Made FromPaper
Weight (lbs)0.56
Weight (kg)0.25


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