The Workshop Lectures (Volume 4)
Description: The Workshop Lectures Volume 4 is part a series of lectures given by Yilun Yang (7P) at workshops in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The topics covered include: “Good and Bad Shape,” “When to Play Fast or Slow,” “Playing a Fighting Opening,” and “Destroying Large or Nearly Completed Positions.”
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Series, The Workshop Lectures
Author, Yilun Yang (7P)
Publisher, Slate & Shell
Length, 72 Pages
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- Good and Bad Shape
- When to Play Fast or Slow
- Playing a Fighting Opening
- Destroying Large or Nearly Completed Positions
- A mid-high SDK (single digit kyu) who has read his fair share of books and has a decent foundation of most areas in go.
- Since these are written to be more of a “workshop” format, I was looking forward to a new style of writing along with a refreshing perspective on some common questions that most players might have.
- As usual, Yang continues to breakdown topics into simple explanations that I could easily understand.
- The topics are extremely relevant to the average player since a majority of go literature assumes that the reader is already familiar and well versed in these basic concepts.
- There is some great illustration of seemingly complete positions and some advice as to how to go about destroying it.
What did I gain from reading this book?
- A better understanding of what defines good and bad shape. Though applying it is still a whole separate matter.
- Realization that my understanding of fighting is completely wrong.
- Better grasp of what is considered a “slow” vs. “fast” move.
What style of teaching does the book use?
- Workshop Format
- Topics of broken down into its simplest format and represents more of an outline than a thorough textbook.
- Primary Learning Mechanism:
- Explanations with accompanying diagrams
- Other Learning Mechanisms:
- Practice problems
What aspect can be improved on?
- Though the examples can be helpful, I still found myself a little unsure of myself regarding whether I really understood the material. So some practice problems would have been nice.
Is this book easy to read?
- Yes. The explanations are concise and the accompanying diagrams are often no more than a few moves long.
- Breaks down topics into easy to understand explanations.
- Has a lot of valuable content for such a short book!
- Worth every penny you spend on it!
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- Players who are 10 kyu or stronger.
- Players who want guidelines on how to handle the topics covered in the book.
- Slate and Shell – $18.00 USD (shipping and handling not included)
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- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 1
- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 2
- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 3
- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 4
- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 5
- The Workshop Lectures – Volume 6
Last Updated on August 24th, 2013