Jeff recently returned to China for a short period of time, and brought several tsumego books as a souvenir. One of them turned out to be excellent practice, with a lot of the problems being Igo Hatsuyo-ron level, but with relatively uncommon shapes.
In general, classic tsumego collections don’t give me too big of a challenge anymore, because I’m more or less familiar with the shapes—there’s only a limited amount of those, and once you’ve seen a big portion of them, remembering them also gets fairly easy. This book, however, still regularly confounds me with tesuji that I haven’t seen before, or at least the way of application seems novel. Below is the front cover of the book.
Just a picture of the front cover won’t do, will it? Here’s also a sample tsumego image and a solution sgf. This particular tsumego is one of the “easier” ones.
I’ll take it as a challenge to try to read through the book during my summer holiday—that’ll mean doing almost 20 problems a day!