Robert Jasiek's Go Book Reviews
[Note: the following reviews were posted by Robert Jasiek to rec.games.go over the last few
years. He's kindly given me permission to make a web page for
them; but keep in mind that they were originally written over a
long span of time for a different medium, and neither he nor I
has the time to edit them into a uniform format. They're in
chronological order, so the newest reviews are at the top of
their respective sections. - David Carlton]
Go ISBN Rating
List. [This file contains rating information about
many books, including the books listed below, as well as some
information about Robert's classification scheme. In addition,
the list of ISBN numbers given here has been proofread more
carefully than those in the reviews; if you find any places
where they conflict, please e-mail me. -
- The most difficult
problem ever / Igo Hatsuyoron 120, by Thomas
- Ing's Goe Rules,
by Ing Chang-Ki.
- All About Ko, by
Rob van Zeijst and Richard Bozulich.
Meisterschaft im Go 2007, by Gunnar
- Counting Liberties and Winning
Capturing Races, by Richard Hunter.
- Go / Regeln, Varianten,
Spielereien, by Thomas Hillebrand.
- Die Go-Spielerin, by
- Galactic Go, by Sangit
Chatterjee and Yang Huiren.
- Cross-Cut Workshop, by
- Hankuk Kiwon Guide
- Jungsuk [Joseki] in Our
Time / Somok (3-4 point) Jungsuk.
- Cho Hunhyun: Life and Master
Games, by Cho Hunhyun.
- Lee Changho's Novel Plays and
- Strategic Fundamentals, by
Guo Tisheng and Lu Wen.
- Get Strong at Handicap
Dictionary of Life and Death.
- Encyclopedia of
Maeg, by Shim Jong-sik.
- First 30 Moves in the
Opening, by Yang Jae-ho.
- How to Become
Strong, by Hong Tae-sun.
- Lee Chang-ho's
File, by Lee Chang-ho and Park Chi-moon.
- Dictionary of
Fighting on the Sides.
- Direction of
Play, by Han Cheol-gyun.
Formulas, by Cho Hun-hyun.
- ISBN 89-7849-148-0, by Cho
- Modern Opening,
by Kweon Kyeong-un.
- Modified Tesuji
- Master of
Haengma, by Baek Seong-ho.
- Report of
Choong-am Research, by the Choong-am Research
- Techniques of
Attack, by Yu Chang-hyuk.
- Creative Shape
- Invasion and
Reduction, by Lee Chang-ho.
- Choice of
Jungseok, by Jang Su-young.
- Soksu Clinic, by
- Dictionary of Basic
- The Happening
Theater of Baduk.
- Between Fuseki and
[The following comments explaining his rating system are taken
from a review dated 2001-06-12. See also Robert's Go ISBN Rating
List. - David]
For less confusion now I use a simplified rating scale with the
- ++ very good
- + in between average and very good
- o average
- - in between very bad and average
- -- very bad
Rank Improvement is after reading once. Most books qualify as -
or -- because they are considerably away from ++ books.
Topic Coverage refers to covering all 9p knowledge. Thus most
books qualify as --, which is harsh but necessary:)
Aims' Achievement generously assumes the author to have intended
the teaching result. So many books should have + or ++.
Robert Jasiek <email@example.com>
Last modified: Thu Mar 6 20:30:52 PST 2008