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Graded Go Problems for Dan Players

This new series of books is a translation of a popular Nihon Ki-in collection for aspiring dan players. It is designed to provide low-kyu and low-dan players with the essential grounding in the basics of life-and-death, tesuji, the opening, joseki, and the middle game needed to develop deep and accurate reading as well as the intuition needed to compete as dan players. The level of the problems starts at around 5-kyu and gradually works up to the 7-dan level.

This series is a continuation of Kiseido's four-volume Graded Go Problems for Beginners series, The life-and-death and tesuji problems in the first two volumes this dan series start out at about the same level as the fourth volume of the beginner series. As such, these two series offer a study course of more than 3,500 problems of gradually increasing difficulty that will take a beginning player all the way to the level of a high-dan player. Diligent study of these two series will help you develop the ability to read out complicated positions in your games deeply and accurately.




K61: 300 Life-and-Death Problems To order

      Volume One, 5-kyu to 3-dan
The single most important task for kyu players who wish to reach dan level is to master the basic life-and-death patterns. Nothing has greater influence on the outcome of a game than a blunder that lets a group die or lets a dead enemy group live. When asked to advise weak players how to become stronger, professionals without exception stress the importance of developing reading ability by studying the basic life-and-death positions that come up in actual play.

This book provides kyu players with the essential grounding in the basic life-and-death techniques that they need to develop deeper and more accurate reading and the knowledge that they need to compete as dan players.

K62: 300 Tesuji Problems To order
Volume Two, 5-kyu to 3-dan
The biggest difference between kyu players and dan players is fighting ability. Perhaps the most important element in fighting is good judgment in choosing the timing and the objectives of the fight. However, good judgment is worth nothing without the fighting ability to back it up, and the most important component in fighting ability is the knowledge and skillful deployment of tesujis. This applies to all stages of the game, from the opening to the endgame.

This book is a systematic compilation of the basic fighting tesujis that every dan player needs to know. Very few players, even those already of high-dan level, will have mastered all the tesujis presented here. Not only will careful study of these tesujis enable you to execute your fighting plans better, it will also broaden your tactical horizons by revealing to you new possibilities in the fighting and effectively deepen your understanding of go.

K63: 300 Joseki Problems To order
Volume Three, 1-dan to 3-dan
This book contains 300 problems that will test and expand your understanding of josekis and your ability to deploy them effectively as part of your opening strategy. It will help equip you with the joseki knowledge essential for a dan player.

The key to mastering josekis is not memorization but understanding. The problems in this book focus on the key points and tesujis involved in josekis. The key points refer to the moves that involve tactical decisions. Should you go for profit on the side or build thickness and central influence on the outside? These tactical decisions come up in most joseki patterns and affect your overall strategy. Working through and reviewing these problems will give your game added depth and breadth and make you a formidable dan player.

K64: 300 Life-and-Death Problems To order
      Volume Four, 4-dan to 7-dan
Volume One of this series started out with problems for kyu players. The problems gradually became more demanding of the reader's analytical ability and ended up with problems at the 3-dan level. This volume starts with 4-dan problems and, in the final part, the reader is challenging problems at the 7-dan level.

In each of the problems in this volume, there are many candidate moves to choose from. For each of these moves you must consider all of your opponent's responses, and to each of these responses you have to find a counter, and so on, until you arrive at the solution. This entails a lot of mental dexterity that can be developed only by constant practice and diligent study of problems like the ones in this book.

K65: 300 Tesuji Problems To order
Volume Five, 4-dan to 7-dan
Volume Two of this series started out with problems for kyu players. The problems gradually became more demanding of the reader's analytical ability and ended up with problems at the 3-dan level. This volume starts with 4-dan problems and, in the final part, the reader is challenging problems at the 7-dan level.

Taken together, Volumes Two and Five are a systematic compilation of the basic fighting tesujis that every dan player needs to know. Very few players, even those already of high-dan level, will have mastered all the tesujis presented here. Not only will careful study of them enable you to execute your fighting plans better, more importanly it will also broaden your tactical horizons by revealing to you new possibilities in the fighting and effectively deepen your understanding of go.

K67: 256 Opening and Middle Game Problems To order
Volume Seven, 1-dan to 7-dan
In the opening, most players usually have a vague idea of the kind of game they want to play. They might want to play a tight territorial game or they may want to build a large framework of potential territory. However, go is a contest of wills and a strong opponent will try to thwart your plan. Therefore, you must be willing to give up your initial strategic conception. In other words, you must play flexibly. You must look at the board unemotionally and search for the best move - the move that conforms to the basic strategic principles of go.

This book presents the reader with a large number of whole-board positions in all kinds of varied situations. Readers must consider these positions as if they occurred in one of their games, and, without any preconceived notions, find the correct moves using only the basic principles of go.

In this book, you will find 127 opening and 129 middle-game problems ranging in difficulty from 1-dan to 7-dan. The first 100 problems are relatively easy: you are given a choice of three moves, only one of which is correct. The next problems are much harder because candidate moves are rarely given. The problems for the most part rely on intuition. If you know the principle, you will solve it. If you can't solve it, you will learn the principle in the answer and, when confronted with a similiar position in one of your games in which this principle is applicable, you will, perhaps, find the strongest move.

If you need more information, Kiseido may be contacted at the following address:
Kiseido
Kagawa 4-8-32
Chigasaki-shi
Kanagawa-ken
Japan 253-0082
FAX +81-467-28-5811
e-mail: kiseido61@yahoo.com

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