Go Basics: Concepts & Strategies for New Players by Peter Shotwell

By Peter Shotwell

It's no longer astounding that move is likely one of the oldest video games nonetheless being performed this present day; it's additionally essentially the most demanding, stimulating, and engaging video games round. cross fundamentals presents an easy yet thorough creation that's excellent for novices. With its effortless to keep on with directions and over six hundred diagrams displaying examples of the way to play, you'll have the capacity to get pleasure from this vintage online game correct away.

It begins via targeting smaller nine x nine video games, making it more straightforward to appreciate easy cross strategies and techniques, and introduces primary recommendations resembling invading, sacrificing, utilizing ko, and pondering territorially. It additionally explains Go's specific handicapping method, making each online game even these among rookies and specialists interesting. pass fundamentals additionally encompasses a CD-ROM constructed by way of the yank move organization that can assist you construct your abilities ahead of checking out them opposed to different avid gamers.

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As the next few pages will demonstrate, White is going to have to make plays to capture the four Black stones in order to make a living shape—the main groups cannot make two eyes even if Black didn’t play B25. This is mainly a demonstration of living and dead shapes, so let’s concentrate on the right side. W1 is not a good choice. B2 hits the vital spot. But what if White got to play the marked stone, too? Is it possible to make two eyes now?

The clever move is to make a net that will trap the Black stone. Any Black move results in atari. 1 JC 12/9/05 11:49 AM Page 43 LADDER BREAKERS, LOOSE LADDERS, AND NETS In this situation along the edge, if defending is the biggest move on the board, there are two proper moves for Black. If White doesn’t play cleverly, ordinary moves to capture Black will not work. Instead, it is White who will be captured. At this point, the proper move is to cast a net over Black. Black cannot escape. This classic problem should be easy to solve by now.

But if you can capture stones in Go, why can’t you also capture empty intersections? This chapter will show how surrounding empty spaces in the right way can in fact prevent the resulting groups of stones from being captured. More than that, you will see how those groups can be skillfully used to capture even more stones and empty spaces and how Go ultimately becomes a game of who can control the most territory. Let’s go back to the idea of internal liberties, that is, unoccupied intersections that are surrounded by stones.

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