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markthomps

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 5, 2000, 6:08 AM

On eBay, a copy of Tom Braunlich's book Pente:
Secrets of Advanced Play is currently on auction. I had
placed a bid for $15.61 and someone has outbid me, so
the price is up to $16.11 now! Has anyone here seen
this book, and if so what do you think of
it?

This book was written before the invention of
Keryo-Pente, which is my main interest. I suppose some of the
same strategies would apply, but I'm a beginning
player and other people here would know
better.

Mark Thompson



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sjustice

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
From: pensacola
Age: 40
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 5, 2000, 10:50 AM

I found my copy of Pente Strategy Book II up in
the closet. Braunlich wrote it in 1982, and I think
it was the last he wrote on Pente. According to
Amazon.com, he wrote 4 titles on Pente, but I only knew of
Book I and Book II. It appears he has teamed up with
Rollie Tesh on a couple of children's books. I am not
sure if Pente Secrets of Advanced Play would be
worth your while other than as a piece of Pente
history, but I think I would pay to read Tesh and
Braunlich's children's stories.
Scott



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mmammel

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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 5, 2000, 9:27 PM

He published part I and part II together in 1984,
the proper title is Pente Strategy, subtitled
Secrets of Advanced Play from a two time Pente world
champion.

It is a good book with many examples and puzzles. It
sold for 4.95 when it came out but is no longer in
print.

MM



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neysa

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 5, 2000, 11:00 PM

I got my copy about a year ago from Powell's
(www.powells.com) for somewhere between $10~$15. A quick check of a
couple sites shows that both www.bibliofind.com and
www.alibris.com have copies of Volume 1 (for between $6~$15), but
I didn't see Volume 2 or the combined Pente
Strategy.

You may be able to find it elsewhere if you know
where to look. Hope this helps.

--Patrick



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monkeyking

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 13, 2000, 9:13 AM

I occasionally see volume 2 on www.abebooks.com whose database contains books
from hundreds of used book stores. Generally it seems to go for around $30,
where volume one goes for $5-15.



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andre

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From: Sao Paulo - Brazil
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 13, 2000, 5:06 PM

Occasionally both volumes also show up at
http://www.powells.com.

I've paid for both volumes less
than $20.

But
you must watch to see when they show up. Since it is
not an auction site, first come...



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homebiskit

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
From: Oklahoma City
Age: 40
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 14, 2000, 9:04 AM

My Grandma gave me Volume I in 1981 along with my
first copy of the game. I just recently started playing
Pente on a regular basis again and dug out the book.
Just yesterday, I put in an order for Volume II from a
place in California (I'll look up the link) and today I
decided to check out the Pente club on Yahoo... weird
timing.

-Sean



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gaylen

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
From: cottage grove, oregon
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 14, 2000, 10:08 AM

Haven't had the time to drop by lately but see
Braunlich's books mentioned. I might sell mine-if I can
locate them and anyone's interested. In any case I'm out
of state for awhile longer. I read his books back in
'82 and then went to the district tournament in
Dallas...Rollie Tesh won there I believe. Met Tom B. and talked
with him there. I came in last place out of 30 players
as I remember. I lost to a girl who lived across the
street for 29th place.
Interesting to see my
neighborhood bookstore mentioned also (Powells)--I used to go
there back when he had maybe a few hundred books in his
first store.

Later on all,
Gaylen



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joeking

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From: Lake Tawakoni just east of Dallas, Tx.
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 15, 2000, 5:56 AM

Welcome to the club Sean (home-biskit)!
Yes,
that site for Tom's book would be of interest.
Come
play some Pente with us at one of the game sites
listed here under links!
Several of us old timers
here have played since the 80s.

Joe



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homebiskit

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
From: Oklahoma City
Age: 40
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 15, 2000, 5:17 PM

Thanks for the welcome, Joe!

I ordered the
book from:

The Warm Springs Book
Company
P.O. Box 995
Fremont, CA
U.S.A.,
94537-0995
510-683-9038
wsbco@e...

However, I'm still
waiting on a confirmation that it is in
stock.

I play a few games at pente.org which was pretty
fun. The first couple I lost to the computer before I
got the hang of playing on that tiny board. I played
one game against a real live person and am looking
forward to more. I also started a game at
ItsYourTurn.com.

-Sean



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joeking

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From: Lake Tawakoni just east of Dallas, Tx.
Age: 56
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 15, 2000, 11:25 PM

Sean,
Dweebo said everyone would know to hit
the maxamize button, at middle top right, to make
the screen at test version 3 on pente.org larger,
but I didn't know at first. I am a PC dummie!
Many
of us are also playing at the old version, in the
evenings, since the established ratings apply there. Come
find us some night! We have fun and play some great
games.
New main pro pente tourney is starting at IYT. There
is a link to enter at the top of the screen. Jump
in! It's fun!
Thanks for the tip on where to find
Tom's books.
Joe



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homebiskit

Posts: 8
Registered: Dec 16, 2001
From: Oklahoma City
Age: 40
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Sep 18, 2000, 10:44 AM

Joe,

Ahh, maxamize. I guess I should look closer at the interface
before I get too involved in playing! I'll check out that
tourney,

Thanks,
Sean



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giboy

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Registered: Feb 18, 2023
From: Quebec City, Canada
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Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Feb 22, 2023, 5:29 PM
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Hello everyone
I just found a copy of Tom Braunlich's book:
The official book of Pente / The classic game of skill
Any difference between this copy and the other strategy books I & II ??
I've heard the Official Book is supposed to be the same as all the others together.
Is that righr?
Thanks for your knowledge 🤘

metzgerism

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Registered: Dec 5, 2021
From: Knoxville, TN
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Feb 22, 2023, 5:47 PM

I know this thread is holy jesus years old, but I checked out a copy of this last year from the downtown library. I also heard that it was Book I and II combined. It was interesting to take a look at, but 40 years ago was definitely a little more innocent (and somewhat pretentious)...modern abstracts and Eurogames still were 15-20 years off.

Because I play Keryo and O-Pente almost exclusively, there was very little in it for me that I couldn't find better (and more up to date) here.

watsu

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Registered: Dec 16, 2001
Re: Braunlich's book
Posted: Feb 22, 2023, 5:52 PM

Based on my recollection (which might be incorrect) The official book of Pente is different from the Pente Strategy book(s). Both by Braunlich, but the Pente Strategy book(s) have more (you guessed it) strategy. The Pente Strategy book(s) is useful in learning about shapes, threat levels, etc. but as metzgerism mentioned, there's more up to date information here in the forum (and in the old Pente newsletters, for that matter). Nonetheless, it's (Pente Strategy) a good book for Pente players to have (or at least read), since it's organized in a way that forum posts aren't.

Retired from TB Pente, but still playing live games & exploring variants like D, poof and boat
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