Life and Death Problems 1
Review by the Author
- Title: Life and Death Problems 1 - Basics
- Author: Robert Jasiek
- Publisher: Robert Jasiek
- Edition: 2013
- Language: English
- Price: EUR 23 (book), EUR 11.50 (PDF)*
- Contents: life + death
- ISBN: none
- Printing: good
- Layout: good
- Editing: good
- Pages: 196
- Size: 148mm x 210mm
- Diagrams per Page on Average: 5.5
- Method of Teaching: principles,
- Read when EGF: 20k - 5k
- Subjective Rank Improvement: +
- Subjective Topic Coverage: o
- Subjective Aims' Achievement: ++
Life and Death Problems 1 has been written with especially these
The book concentrates on its problems and answers, but it also teaches
the necessary techniques and principles.
fill a gap in the literature. Previously, it was
recommend an English book specialising in life and death for a
broad beginners' range. Not everybody wants to start with Asian books.
offer a systematic overview on all important basic techniques of life
and death. Beginners do not wish to study many problems books to
reinvent the wheel, but they simply want to know: what are the basics?
book contains 171 problems and their answers. Most of the problems are
newly invented. There are about three problems per finer technique.
Since every major technique has three finer kinds, the altogether nine
per major technique allow the reader to become familiar with it. The
final problem chapter has ten mixed problems.
techniques have the simplest problems, whose solution relies
the reading of just one short sequence and denotes the 20 kyu end of
the recommended range. Other techniques have problems of various
degrees of difficulty up to about 5 kyu level. Typically, the
difficult problems can have about ten variations, of which a small
number have a dozen moves per sequence. Most problems, however, lie in
between: their solution consists of a few variations, of which each has
A double digit kyu will find the most difficult problems
too difficult; the idea is to motivate him to overcome his current
level and learn solving more than the easiest problems. A single digit
kyu can solve the simplest problems at a glance; one must, however, not
dismiss their techniques, because each kind of move can be
relevant in life and death situations.
How often have we thought
that a problem book did not show every interesting variation? This book
is different: every important variation is shown and explained.
Thereby, the reader can verify the correctness or incorrectness of his
reading. He learns not to overlook any relevant variation, but he is
encouraged to develop a reasonably complete reading of move sequences.
chapter introduces its technique with definition, short description,
and one or a few
examples. This prepares for the problems and their answers. An extra
chapter introduces basic terms, such as 'eye', 'lake'
(potential eye) and 'nakade'.
are studied on two levels. A problem can be solved on
of the fundamental techniques, such as 'threatening
to cut' or 'preventing an atari'. When this is insufficient, the
following techniques of the 'second level' are an
alternative set of tools.
There are techniques related to
of these major techniques have 'creating',
'threatening' and 'preventing' as their finer kinds. For example, one
can 'create', 'threaten to create' or 'prevent' an external liberty
shortage. In a life and death situation,
threats are said to be as important as a move's direct meanings.
positional environment, when running or connecting to another group,
- an almost constant eyespace, when fighting about a lake,
nakade or partition of the eyespace,
- an eyespace of changing size, when using
'reduction', 'big reduction' or 'throw-in',
- liberty shortage, when using a 'snapback', 'one-' or
approach block', 'external' or 'internal liberty shortage'.
and multiple purposes or threats, basic reading principles, a short
epilogue and a detailed index conclude the book. The principles can
help to simplify reading, by disregarding inferior and emphasising
and Death Problems 1 can be a beginner's first or second problem book
on life and death. For the intermediate player, it is a systematic
reference to the basic techniques and reading principles.