This was a new venture for Neil, working with Anders Kierulf, the programmer behind SmartGo Pro on the iPhone and truly brilliant SmartGo Kifu on the iPad. (It is worth buying an iPad just for this app alone - it makes the iPad feel custom designed for Go game play and study. My thoughts, under no coercion from Anders!).
In SmartGo Books for iPhone and iPad, Anders was forging new ground. By creating an app for Go books that animated board diagrams, the need to carry a Go board to play out book sequences was removed.
My contribution was the first Go book specifically written for this Go eBook format. It is a collection of six reviews of double digit kyu games from 18k to 10k.
The reviews illustrate shortcomings in the reactionary and localised, small-scale thinking that characterizes play at this level. Every move is evaluated, with variations showing the effect of better moves. By commenting this way, the reader is made to think about each move - the repetition reinforcing better thinking, much as repeated Go problem solving sharpens your reading.
These game commentaries should help players tidy up their play, make them more efficient, and start to see new ways of appraising positions, moving them towards single digit kyu level.
The SmartGo Books app is free to download. It lets you read the first few dozen pages of each book.