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free eBook: “Shape up! for a Stylish Baduk” (152 pages)


An interesting tutorial for shapes and more (e.g. Joseki and tesjui related to shape) is available on BadukWorld. It was written by Charles Mattthews (3Dan/BGA, UK) and has the title:

“Shape up! for a Stylish Baduk”

The book has five main parts, each starting on a fresh area, within which the chapters generally increase in difficulty. The parts become harder as the book progresses. Each chapter is broken down into short sections dealing with a specific topic. There are also three problem sets, the third being much harder than the others.

The sections can be grouped into three parts:

  • First reading… 10 kyu course with parts of problem set 1 and 2
  • Second reading… 5 kyu course with parts of problem set 1 and 2
  • Third Reading with problem set 3

Table of Contents (152 pages)

Introduction: The scope of shape
Chapter 1. Table shapes
Chapter 2. Shape basics
Chapter 3. Close range play 1
Chapter 4. Starting from hane
Chapter 5. Close range play 2
Chapter 6. Blocking Off
Chapter 7. Eight faces of cutting
Chapter 8. Attach-extend mysteries
Chapter 9. Escapology
Problem Set 2: Cutting points
Chapter 10. Extensions and invasion points
Chapter 11. Cramp
Chapter 12. Outnumbered

The book is available as 13 x PDFs you can download cost free from here.

[P.S.: The author Charles Matthews same has written “Teach Yourself GO” (1999/2004).]


About LinuxGooo

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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