Description: Ishida and Davies lay down some basic principles, ideas, and tactics for attack and defense. There are a lot of examples from professional play, along with opportunities for you to practice what you learn.
[expand title=”Book Details” trigclass=”expandTitle”] [table] Title, Attack and Defense (Volume 5)
Series, Elementary Go Series
Authors, Akira Ishida and James Davies
Published, 1st Edition December 1973 | 8th Edition November 2009
Length, 254 Pages
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- Chapter One – Territory and Power
- Chapter Two – Attacking Strategy
- Chapter Three – Attacking Moves
- Chapter Four – Defense
- Chapter Five – Forcing Moves
- Chapter Six – Inducing Moves
- Chapter Seven – Reducing and Invading Large Frameworks
- Chapter Eight – Invasions into Three-Space Extensions
- Chapter Nine – Ko Fights
- Chapter Ten – Problems
- Guide to Further Study
- A fantastic introductory book on attack and defense.
- In addition to providing great exposure to attack and defense, it goes into tactics and examples that provide really thorough material for the reader.
- Contains 20 formal problems at the end that do a great job testing the basic concepts of attack and defense that the reader just finished reading.
[expand title=”Before I Read This Book…” trigclass=”expandTitle”] My Abilities
- My style of play is a fighting style. The problem that often occurs is that I often find myself overextended or playing moves that seem like they are “attacking” but put no pressure on the opponent.
- I was really hoping to get a better understanding of attack and defense so that I could really sharpen my blade and increase the potency of my attacks. In addition, I was hoping to get a better understanding of how to defend properly since I hardly hesitate to invade.
- There is an anecdote about a player who felt that “territory meant nothing unless it contained a dead group” that was incredibly eye-opening and changed the way I saw attacking groups.
- Does a great job explaining topics (that previously seemed hard to grasp) such as power, forcing moves, inducing moves, etc.
- The problems at the end of the book were a great way for me to see if I understood what I had been learning.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- A much better understanding of attacking, defense, and the importance and role that power plays in a game.
- An improvement in my ability to attack groups properly.
- A better understanding of how to find multi-purpose moves that serve both attack and defense purposes.
What style of teaching does the book use?
- Lecture Approach
- The writing is far more substantial in this book than what readers might have become accustomed to in Tesuji and Life and Death.
- Primary Learning Mechanism:
- Explanations with diagrams
- Other Learning Mechanisms:
- Practice problems
- Examples from actual games
What aspect(s) can be improved on?
- In all honesty, I have a hard time finding anything to criticize about this book; but if I had to request one thing, it would have to be more problems at the end of the book to continue reinforcing what I learned.
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. The writing style in this book makes you feel as if you are having a conversation with Davies and Ishida, which ultimately makes for an enjoyable read.
- Players looking for a reference on numerous shapes that are frequently encountered in games.
- Players who have read other life and death books and are looking to expand their knowledge and test their skills.
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- Elementary Go Series, Volume 1 – In the Beginning
- Elementary Go Series, Volume 2 – 38 Basic Joseki
- Elementary Go Series, Volume 3 – Tesuji
- Elementary Go Series, Volume 4 – Life and Death
- Elementary Go Series, Volume 6 – The Endgame
- Elementary Go Series, Volume 7 – Handicap Go
Last Updated on July 12th, 2013