Description: Level Up 9 is part of the Level Up! Series that serves as a workbook in private go schools in Korea. Though designed for children, the content and practice provided is invaluable for adults and children alike.
Title, Level Up 9
Series, Level Up! Series
Author, Lee Jae-Hwan
Translators, Lee Seong-Geun & Daniela Trinks
Supervisor, Yoo Chang-Hyuk (9P)
Published, “April 29th, 2009”
Length, 168 Pages
- The US Go Congress
- Finding the Key Stones
- Capturing and Saving the Key Stones
- Dansu and Then Capture
- Taking and Choking the Weak Point
- Kinds of Connections
- Opening Sample 1
- Startpoint Joseki (Pattern) 3
- Snapback by Hane
- Where to Throw-in
- Capturing Race
- Making a False/Real Eye
- Where to Make an Eye
- Where to Take an Eye
- Starpoint Joseki (Pattern) 4
- Opening Sample 2
- Let’s Think Before Playing the Next Move
- Is a Cut/Hane/Block Possible?
- Learning Baduk and Emotional Quotient
- Capturing Techniques
- Opening Sample 3
- Be Careful with the Nose Attachment
- Next Move
- Opening Sample 4
- Life and Death & Capturing Race
- Opening Sample 5
- How to Play the Endgame
- Opening Sample 6
- How to Answer
- Level Tests
Really works on the ability to recognize key stones.
Contains a great mix of life and death, haengma (i.e., stone movement), and capturing techniques.
Exposes the reader to joseki using a simple but effective method.
- A mid to high SDK (single digit kyu) kyu who has read his fair share of go books and has a pretty strong foundation in the basics and teaching go.
- Level Up 8 definitely gave me quite a bit to pause about, so I wasn’t taking any chances with this one either.
What did I enjoy about the book?
- Starts training the reader to look for the key stones.
- Trains the reader to look for weak points in shapes for life and death.
- Exposes the reader to a number of joseki using knowledge that one should have gained from the previous volumes.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- Realization that I’m actually kind of slow when it comes to recognizing which stones are critical.
- A better understanding of why certain joseki progress the way they do.
- Improved baseline when it comes to reading basic life and death situations.
What style of teaching does the book use?
* Content is organized into lessons, topics, or themes in order to facilitate learning.
Primary Learning Mechanism:
* Practice problems
Other Learning Mechanisms:
* Cute and entertaining comics to teach and/or reinforce lessons. * Simple explantations that are accompanied by equally simple diagrams. * Samples of openings from professional games to further acclimate the reader to full games on a 19x19 board.
What aspect can be improved on?
- No complaints here!
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. Other than the occasional article, the explanations are very easy short and easy to understand.
- Though the series is designed for kids, both kids and adults alike will be able to learn everything they need to know about playing go in a fun and entertaining way.
- People who enjoy learning things in an easy to understand format and lots of opportunities to reinforce what they are learning.
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- Level Up 1
- Level Up 2
- Level Up 3
- Level Up 4
- Level Up 5
- Level Up Review 1
- Level Up 6
- Level Up 7
- Level Up 8
- Level Up 10
- Level Up Review 2
- Jump Level Up Series
Last Updated on July 27th, 2013