Go Fundamentals is the easy-to-follow guidebook explaining the fundamental principles of the ancient Asian game of Go, the oldest game in the world.
Go is a game played by two contestants. The game is played with black and white "stones" on a checkered board. The players are usually classed as strong and weak, based upon degree of knowledge and skill. The stronger player takes the white stones and the weaker player takes the black stones. Handicaps are given to the weaker players by mutual agreement before commencement of the game. The game of Go may be one of the most difficult to learn, but this fact makes the game highly interesting. Once techniques are mastered, the beginner will find it difficult to put the game aside.
From the basic rules of play, the author leads beginner-level players in easy stages to the more advanced techniques and strategies of gameplay. Over one hundred diagrams, with twenty problems and answers, a glossary of terms as well as other resources for strategy, make this a complete introduction to one of the most fascinating and rewarding games in the world.
About the Author: Shigemi Kishikawa graduated from the International Foreign Language College, Tokyo, and worked for years as a legal assistant at Fuchu Air Station. During this time he was one of Japan's leading amateur players of go and taught the game to both Japanese and foreign residents. He is currently retired and lives in Tokyo.