Go as Communication
The Educational and Therapeutic Value of the Game of Go
With illustrations by Camille Leveque
Go as Communication is the record of a surprising discovery, namely, that a simple game called First Capture Go
can have enormous educational and therapeutic value.
ISBN 978-3-940563-90-3, EUR 9,90, 72 pages, 2021 reprint
Yasutoshi Yasuda, the person responsible for this discovery, is a Japanese professional Go player. Concerned
about social problems in Japanese schools, Yasuda began introducing a simplified version of Go to school children
and discovered to his surprise that it had immediate positive effects. His experiences with school children
encouraged Yasuda to expand his efforts to homes for the elderly and then to institutions for the mentally and
physically handicapped. In every case, the game had a tremendous positive impact.
The version of the game that is used in these programs is quite easy to learn, and it is easy to make playing
equipment. The book provides thorough practical guidance for both teaching the game and creating playing sets.
There really is no impediment for anyone who finds Yasuda's program as appealing - and inspiring - as
I and many other people do. The rewards are immediate and obvious. Scores of people around the world have
introduced the capture game to thousands of people of all ages with very satisfying results.
Yasuda's program offers everyone an opportunity to make a positive difference.
BSV90, autumn 2021