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What's Your Rating

By Naoki Miyamoto

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Title What's Your Rating
Author Naoki Miyamoto
Translator Richard Bozulich
Publisher Ishi Press
Code g18
Date Sep-91
Pages 207
Dimensions 6 13/16. x 4 1/4. - 172mm x 108mm
In print status Out of Print

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How strong are you? You've heard this question many times but are you sure of the answer? Even though two players have the same rank, they are sure to have different strengths and weaknesses.

This volume is designed to give you a clear idea of your rank and your ability in the various phases of the game of go. The problems herein are presented in three sections - the opening, the middle game and the endgame - so that you can determine your strength in each part of the game. Full answers are given so that you'll be able to understand not only why certain moves are good in a situation, but also understand why some moves are disastrous. Learning in this way will help you to avoid bad moves and to find powerful plays in your own games.

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Preface ...4
Part 1 Fuseki Problems ...5
Part 2 Middle Game Problems ...89
Part 3 Endgame Problems ...171

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Review Author David Carlton Reviewer Strength 1 kyu
Author's Email carlton@bactrian.org website http://www.bactrian.org/~carlton/

This is a book of whole board problems. It has three sections, namely fuseki, middle game, and endgame; the first two sections each have 20 problems, the last has 10, and each problem tells you to chose from five different moves. I enjoyed reading through the book, and learned something from the explanations of the problems that I didn't get (or even the ones that I did). I don't know how much I improved from reading the book, but then again the point of problem books isn't to teach you specific facts.

This used to be called What's Your Rating?, and they do give you a sample rating based on how many problems you get right. Don't trust that rating, though: for example, if you guess at random, the book will tell you that you're a 1 kyu. Also, 50 problems may not sound like much for a problem book, but the reason that there's so few is because the explanations of the solutions are quite detailed. And the small number of problems means that you're a lot more likely to have the energy to actually finish the book, which I often find difficult with books with lots of problems.

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