I have never written a book before, and there are already a lot of good Go books out there. So I tried to stick to the main topics of the 9x9 board and explain them for all beginners; which is why the book is rather short. I am also aware that books written by amateurs lack the wisdom and experience of any Pro player. I tried to compensate for that by taking most examples out of Pro games.
Nevertheless, I hope you can get some joy out of reading it, or (even better) learn something new. I really have no idea if there is big value in it, I just wanted to write down my 9x9 knowledge and share it.
I’m happy for any feedback that is sent to me via Mail or PM, and I’ll certainly improve any parts that are unclear!
Immanuel Devillers, M.D.
You are free to share the book uncomercially. Future updates will be released via the new OGS Resource page.
Let me try to answer your questions. When I started writing, I wanted to write an article about 9x9 Go initially. One, that you read and learn something new about 9x9. However, after starting with the basics-chapter, the text went longer and longer, and suddenly I was sitting at ~20 pages.
I then had the idea to make a PDF out of it, instead of an article, and distribute it for free over the internet, in a book form. I consulted with a lot of 15 Kyu players before, but not about the topics of the book, but as a teacher. I’m the teacher of a group of around 4 people that play 9x9 regularily with me (in real life). From that experience, I found out where the weak spots around 15-10 Kyu are, concerning the 9x9 board.
Indeed! At first, I wanted to include sections where I explain a lot of basic stuff like Sente, Gote, Ko, etc. But I decided against it after thinking over it a few days. The main reason was, that there are a lot of excellent beginner books out there that cover all these topics. I then decided to write in 9x9 only.
I wish I had a lot more time to make a 200 pages book out of it, and I certainly have enough material for that, but my (real) work can take up to 56 hours and more each week, so there is little time for it. (Next to moderating OGS, playing Go, family and other hobbies).
Absolutely! It was an article first, then changed into a book. (I created the table of contents and the introduction at the very end)
BTW, this nice li’l booklet has been updated meanwhile … haven’t looked for changes, though, but now the version number is 0.90, and the author info has been changed to real name, with another email address associated.
Yes, it just now worked for me. Last night I got an error message from the web site (not a browser issue), so perhaps the site was temporarily down. Thanks for your response. This looks like a great book, and I’m eager to read it
Thanks a ton for this. I felt that many times 9x9 is the suggested beginner board, but most strategy, etc. applied to 19x19. Great little book, and I sincerely appreciate your generosity in distributing it freely.