The Thirty-six Stratagems Applied to Go, by Ma Xiaochun. Yutopian Y8; 1996.

The `Thirty-six Stratagems' in the title is a famous Chinese military work; Ma takes the stratagems in it and applies them to go. It's a nice book; the examples work pretty well, and what he says make sense. The advice is about your thinking at a sufficiently high level that this book isn't particularly suited to beginners; I'm a 2 kyu, it will take me a few readings before it starts affecting my game at all.

The translation is nice. It's a bit heavy on the Japanese for my taste, but since there's a good glossary at the back, I don't feel that that really hurts it.

Click here to see Yutopian's blurb about the book.

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