Overall Rating: 6 / 10 Ponnuki
- Title: Mastering the Basics, Volume 4 – Five Hundred and One TesujiProblems
- Author: Compiled and Written by Richard Bozulich
- Publisher: Kiseido
- Publication Date: October 2005
- Page Length: 292 pages
- Number of Problems: 501
- My least favorite of the entire series so far.
- Lacked the explanations that makes the series so great.
- Appropriate for 5 kyu and stronger.
What I Expected
- A section explaining various tesujis along with a few easy problems in each section to get your brain moving.
- A problem section that consisted of an assortment of the tesujis from the first portion of the book.
What You Can Expect
- Problems along with their usual solutions, but that is all.
My Thoughts as a 5 Kyu
When I first reviewed this book, I will admit that my initial findings were rather negative since I was really disappointed in the fact that it did not follow the same structure that the other books in the series had. As a result, you will have to forgive me for knocking it down a few pegs.
The book delivers on the promise that you will practice a lot of problems in hopes of training your brain to find tesujis without being told what to do. While I understand the merits in this approach, I still firmly believe that the book would be far more effective if it kept to the format of the Mastering the Basics series.
So if you’re looking for a book that gives explanations and guidance on tesujis, this is definitely not the book for you. On the other hand, if you want a book of pure tesuji problems, then you’ve come to the right place.
Table of Content
- A Glossary of Tesujis Used in this Book
- Some Important Terms and Concepts
- 501 Tesuji Problems
Last updated June 28th, 2013