How to Improve Our Go Power, by Tatsuo Hamada. ALP Ltd.; 1999.

This is a collection of records of fifteen go games. The games are either handicap games or games of amateurs. Most of the games involve a late friend of the author, who was apparently a very talented amateur go player.

I don't expect this book to be of interest to very many people. I don't see anything particularly striking in the game records that I've looked through. And the records are presented in a particularly opaque fashion: there is very little commentary, and what commentary there is uses algebraic notation to refer to possible alternate moves, but the letters and numbers used in the algebraic notation aren't actually on the game records themselves, so you have to turn back to a figure at the start of the book to decode the comments at all. It's almost impossible to read without a go board in front of you, and I don't think the games are interesting enough to want to go through them even if you do have a go board in front of you.

I believe that the publisher of this book is a vanity press set up by the author of the book; its web site is at, if for some reason you want to order a copy.

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