Four-Stone Games

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Four-Stone Games

Authored by Guo Bailing
Translated by Ruoshi Sun

An English translation of the classic Chinese go textbook, Sizi Pu, written by go master Guo Bailing (c. 1587 - c. 1662). Guo also authored the well-known Guanzi Pu, a fabulous collection of yose and life-and-death problems, and Sanzi Pu, a study of three-stone handicap games.

This book contains over 400 variations from Guo's research on four-stone handicap games. Many of the variations contain dozens of moves (occasionally more than 100), as a result of quarter-board or even half-board fights. Additional diagrams are supplemented by the translator for easier comprehension of further variations.

In Guo's own words, "It is the author's intention to elucidate the countless variations and let people realize that they all follow the basic principles."

Part I:

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Mighty Cap Opening (66 variations)
  • Big Pressure Beam Opening (111 variations)
244 pages

Part II:

  • Attachment Opening (178 variations)
  • High Corner Approach Opening (30 variations)
  • Large-Knight Corner Approach Opening (54 variations)
295 pages

Sensei's Library:


Translations by Ruoshi Sun:
  1. Three-Stone Games by Guo Bailing
  2. Four-Stone Games by Guo Bailing
    Part I
    Part II
  3. Games of Wonder by Wu Jun and Wu Jiong
  4. Go Book of Peach Blossom Spring by Fan Xiping

Publication Date:
Jan 21 2014
1494894998 / 9781494894993
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Games / Board

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