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Two Korean books (2009) about Haengma…

Not all like to study Haengma on the screen, reading eBooks or using interactive websites, instead prefer “old fashion” the paper version of a book. Here are two about Haengma:

1.) The Master of Haengma

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*Translator:* [Diana Koszegi][1] (GO Pro)
*Re-Publisher:* Oromedia, November 2009
*ISBN:* 8990079934, 9788990079930
*price:* [29 US Dollars][2] / [21 Euros][3] (plus fees/shipping costs)

Original publishing:

*Author:* [Baek Seong-ho][6] (9PDan, born 1956)
Publisher: Hankuk Kiwon
*Edition:* 2000
*Language:* Korean
*Contents:* haengma
*ISBN:* 89-7990-014-7
288 pages

Table of Contents

– Chapter 1 Patterns of haengma
– Chapter 2 Practicing Haengma
– Chapter 3 Amateur Haengma
– Chapter 4 Professional Haengma
– Chapter 5 Comparing Haengma Techniques

Read the [PDF sample here][4].

In Korean, the term haengma refers to the development of stones, specifically the choices to be made for continuation from any given stone. The choice of a one-space jump, a knight’s move, etc. is dependent on the overall situation. This book is an excellent, thorough treatment of this important topic. It begins with a discussion of the situations in which particular haengma are appropriate, followed by a series of tests, each exploring good and bad continuations. Next are examples from amateur and pro games, examining correct and incorrect choices. The book concludes with a comparison of different haengma in particular situations, again discussing good and bad choices. The Master of Haengma is superbly designed for effective study. (Source: [Slate and Shell][5])


The book discusses the haengma of the urgent places in (problem) positions by providing ca. half a dozen to a dozen analysis diagrams each. Usually but not always their selection is convincing. The book starts with easy problems (simple extensions) and ends with rather difficult problems (interaction of ca. two subpositions’ haengma).

All analysis concentrates on haengma. Thereby the reader learns this concept firmly and this makes the book very useful. In view of the total haengma gap in English literature everybody should read the Korean haengma books. The other haengma book, Haengma Cyclopedia, covers (maybe accidentally) also a lot of strategic concepts while the reader might lose track of the central topic more easily. Therefore both books should be read. The topic is too fundamental to be missed any longer. (Source: 2001-07-05 – [Robert Jasiek][7] [@ GoBook.info][8])


2.) This is Haengma

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*author:* [Kim Sung-Rae][9] (born 1963, 8PDan)
*Publisher:* Yutopian
*Edition* (1st publishing)*:* Dec. 2009
*Language:* ENG
*ISBN13* 978-89-959329-4-0
247 pages
*price:* [23 US Dollars][10] / [18 Euros][11] (plus fees/shipping costs)

“Haengma” a korean Go-term, that is hard to translate. The meaning lies somewhere between Tesuji, good shape und Sabaki. The professional go player Janice Kim has translated “Haengma” as “The way of the moving horse”.

Kim Sung Rae, the author of successful title as After Joseki and 21st Century New Openings, now embraces the theme Haengma. In contrast to other books about this theme, so the author claims, it is not his purpose to introduce this theme to its full extension, but only to work out the theme in a clear and simple way, so the reader gets a clear idea of the concept of Haengma and with this can apply it in practice in his own games. (Source: [Go Publisher Hebsacker Verlag][12])

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This book covers the theory of Haengma; in 2nd part this book covers actual game analysis of amateur Haengma, following the professionals. (Source: [Yutopian][13])

Table of Contents

– Preface
– Part 1: Theory
– Chapter 1: What is Haengma?
– Chapter 2: Haengma Terms
– Chapter 3: The Vital Point of Haengma
– Chapter 4: Cutting the Haengma
– Chapter 5: The Basic Points of Haengma
– Chapter 6: Strategy of Haengma
– Part 2: Actual Game
– Chapter 1: Analysis of Amateur Haengma
– Chapter 2: Following the Professionals’ Haengma

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di%C3%A1na_K%C5%91szegi
[2]: http://www.slateandshell.com/SSSH003.html
[3]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/the-master-of-haengma-p-3530.html?language=en
[4]: http://www.slateandshell.com/pdf/Master%20of%20Haengma.pdf
[5]: http://www.slateandshell.com/SSSH003.html
[6]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?PaekSeongHo
[7]: http://mailto:jasiek@snafu.de
[8]: http://www.gobooks.info/jasiek/master-of-haengma.html
[9]: http://senseis.xmp.net/?KimSungRae
[10]: https://www.yutopian.com/yutop/cat?product=PKB49&category=PAK
[11]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/this-is-haengma-p-3585.html?language=en
[12]: http://www.hebsacker-verlag.de/this-is-haengma-p-3585.html?language=en
[13]: https://www.yutopian.com/yutop/cat?product=PKB49&category=PAK

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I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…

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