Published by the Ishi Press, Inc. This book or any parts thereof may not be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publishers. This and any other Ishi Press publication may be ordered from: As he gains experience, he may learn to sort out the events of the middle and end games, recognize patterns, and play rationally, but the opening is apt to remain a mystery to him. Indeed, it remains something of a mystery even to professional go players, and there are no tabulations of go openings comparable to the books on chess openings, which tell how to play from move one onwards. There are, however, patterns which arise in parts of the board again and again during the opening.
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There are joseki covered in here that are not typically covered by sites like Eidogo or Josekipedia. Explanations are pretty short and concise. What did I gain from reading this book? As a beginner, I had a hard time grasping anything from the book. As a more advanced player, I had more appreciation for the unique josekis they showed.
However, I am still not confident in saying that I know all 38 basic joseki very well. What style of teaching does the book use? Textbook Approach Content is organized in a curriculum format and follows a lecture style of writing.
Primary Learning Mechanism: Explanations with example diagrams What aspect can be improved on? Is this book easy to read? As a beginner, this was not an easy book to read. The material was rather dense and was difficult to understand. For players that are more advanced however, the book is written rather concisely and one will appreciate how much content is packed into such a small book.
Bottom Line Best viewed as a review of joseki rather than a study of it. Contains unique josekis such as how to handle a invasion if you already have a one point jump. Not very helpful for beginners looking to understand more about the game. Definitely more appropriate for advanced players who already have a very firm grasp of the game.
My Perspective I was hopeful that I would be able to memorize all the basic joseki that people normally encounter in their games and apply it to my own. Little did I know that my perspective was very naiive and very impractical.
On one hand, the explanations of each joseki are short enough that you are done reading it before you get bored. On the other hand, the brevity of the explanations means that the explanations are more abstract and at a higher level.
On the other hand, I found that learning anything practical from this book was rather difficult. It does an excellent job explaining positions that Eidogo does not have. You might pick up a thing or two here and there, but for most players it will be rather difficult to apply it to your own games since the position always changes. If you are looking to study joseki like you would for a class, then a good place to start would be the Dictionary of Basic Joseki by Ishida Yoshio. Also, for those who already have a basic sense of joseki and want more guidance on why certain choices are better than others in different board positions, be sure to check out Whole Board Thinking Vol.
Book Review: 38 Basic Joseki
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