Every go player will find this brilliant and well-organized survey
of all the important joseki patterns in contemporary go an indispensable study tool and
reference work. It is a thorough updating and complete rewriting of the Yoshio Ishida
Dictionary of Basic Joseki published in the mid-70s. It covers not only the
long-established josekis familiar to players of all levels but also the many new variations
of old josekis that have been developed in recent decades, including the first decade of
the 21st century.
The first volume covers all the 3-4 point josekis, including long sections
on the avalanche joseki and the Magic Sword. The second volume covers the star point,
and the 5-3, 5-4, and 3-3 points. In particular, there has been great innovation
in star-point josekis in recent decades, so the coverage has been
considerably expanded, compared to the Ishida dictionary. Like the Ishida work,
it thoroughly analyses
the various components of josekis, such as tesujis and good style and good shape, and
focusses in depth on such themes as securing momentum and building influence. Each joseki
listed is backed up by numerous diagrams exploring alternative moves and mistakes, to
ensure that the reader understands the joseki fully. Consequently, this work is unrivalled
as a lucid and comprehensive primer in joseki theory.
The author, Shinji Takao, is a top Japanese professional who has held both the Honinbo
and Meijin titles. His book retains the variations from its predecessor that are relevant
to contemporary play but also gives countless new variations, reflecting the widespread
innovations generated by professional go in the Far East in the last three decades.
If there is one book every go player should have in his or her library, this is it.
Each Volume: 304 pages; size: 25.5 cm x 18.25 cm (10inches x 7.25 inches)
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