Description: Jump Level Up 4 is the fourth volume of the intermediate counterpart 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, Jump Level Up 4
Series, Jump Level Up
Author, Lee Jae-Hwan
Translators, Lee Seong-Geun & Daniela Trinks
Supervisor, Yoo Chang-Hyuk (9P)
Published, “May 25th 2012”
Length, 167 Pages
- Baduk in a Sauna
- Baduk Terms in Four Languages
- Liberties of Eye Spaces - Answer or Play Elsewhere?
- Connections and Cuts
- Life & Death: Using Weak Points and Vital Points
- Escape from Nets & Challenge with a Ko
- Spin Around Ladder & Loose Ladder
- Star Point Joseki 11
- Opening Sample 1
- Next Move
- Knight’s Net and Bamboo Joint Vital Point
- Life & Death: Weak Points, Mutual Life, 3 Stones
- Life & Death and Capturing Races (Review)
- Opening Sample 2
- Haengma 1: Cut on the Opposite Side & Capture the Cutting Stone
- Baduk Around the World
- Tesuji for Increasing and Reducing Liberties
- 1-2 Vital Point & Direction of Tiger’s Mouth
- Haengma 2: Double Hane and Stretch After Crosscut
- Opening Sample 3
- Nose Attachment & Stone Pagoda Squeeze
- Spinning Around to Make a False Eye
- Opening Sample 4
- Life & Death: Loose Connection, Twisted Four, Symmetry
- Star Point Joseki 12
- Opening Sample 5
- Endgame Tesuji
- How to Answer
- Level Tests
As a mid to high SDK (i.e., single digit kyu) player, I was expecting to see the same quality of content from previous volumes. In addition, I was hoping that I would be able to solve most problems with relative ease while finding some problems challenging.
Once again, Lee Jae-Hwan has managed to sweep me off my feet when it comes to providing incredible content that really got my brain working. There were countless sections in here that I always knew about but really appreciated getting a chance to truly practice. Examples include: Identifying Seki, The Loose Connection, The Stone Pagoda, Hane Twice to Gain a Liberty, etc.
Overall, I felt that the problems definitely started to increase in difficulty. While some problems are still very easy to solve and have very obvious solutions, there were numerous times where I had to really start looking at variations before concluding what my answer was going to be. I really appreciated this gradual increase in difficulty.
Finally, some of you will notice that my “Things to Improve” section has become more of an Errata section (i.e., errors that I found). Although I still love the book and the series as a whole, there were a few more errors than I would have liked to have seen and some sections that weren’t as clear as they could have been (i.e., Cut On the Opposite Side).
Nonetheless, this is still a wonderful addition to the series, and I’m looking forward to the next one!
What did I enjoy about the book?
- A very nice emphasis on evaluating seki positions.
- Has the reader practice “fake nets.”
- Does not hesitate to bring back basics like reading the ladder.
- Really trains a lot of skills players often overlook like identifying vital points, hane twice to gain a liberty, and loose ladders.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- More comfortable with my ability to recognize seki positions.
- Increased familiarity with various nets and reading out whether they work or not.
- Increased confidence in reading out variations of basic life and death sequences.
What is the format of the book?
The book is primarily structured as follows:
- (1) A one page explanation of the topic that you are about to practice. Example: When behind in liberties. They not only show the sequence for the proper technique, but also include common mistakes and brief explanations as to why they are mistakes.
- (2) A set of very easy to understand and follow practice problems to ensure you understand what you are learning.
What aspect can be improved on?
- Page 65 (#11) - Not a great example of bamboo vital point.
- Page 66 (#5) - Answer is not the actual weakpoint. The 4-1 point is the weak point.
- Page 69 (#4) - No solution available. Answer is the 4-1 point.
- Page 94 Solutions - Label misprint. Skipped #10.
- Page 122 (#12), Page 123 (#18), and Page 128 (#18) are identical problems.
- Page 127 (#12) - In the wrong section. Different problem than expected. A save black problem in a kill white section.
- Page 128 (#18) - In the wrong section. A kill white problem in a Save black section.
- Page 143 (#22) - Again. Seems out of place. Problem’s solution is to maximize Black’s profit and not reduce White’s.
- Page 148 (#3 Solution) - Wrong diagram. The answer should be the solid connection at 4-2 point. The tiger’s mouth at 4-1 works as well but leaves a ko threat of an atari at 3-2 and is therefore inferior to the solid connection.
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. Other than a few odd grammatical structures, it doesn’t get much more simple or straightforward than this.
- Continues to live up to the quality of content you come to expect from this series.
- Completely worth your time and money!
- 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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- Jump Level Up 1
- Jump Level Up 2
- Jump Level Up 3
- Jump Level Up 4
- Jump Level Up 5
- Jump Level Up Answer Book
- Level Up Series
Last Updated on October 20th, 2013