Life and Death, by James Davies. Volume 4 of the Elementary Go Series. Ishi G13/Kiseido K13; 1975.

This is a book teaching you how to play in life-and-death situations. Each chapter presents a kind of shape that is on the border between being alive and dead, and tells you when it's alive, when it's dead, and when that depends on who plays next. The chapters all have problems testing you on the shapes in the chapter or presenting closely related shapes.

It's a good book. Don't worry if you give up part way through - it's draining to read all of a book like this, and any practice in life and death will improve your go game. If you like this kind of book but want something more complete look at Cho's dictionary.

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