Title: Collected Selection of Short Weiqi Games of the World (4 volumes)
Author/Editor: Cheng Xiao Liu 程晓流
Publisher: Chengdu Shidai Publishing 成都时代出版社
Published: 2011 Feb
Format: Hardcover (my set)
Publisher Recommended Price: RMB88 for the set in softcover. Hardcover is difficult to buy as only 200 sets were produced.
This set of books collects a total of 88 of the most instructive short games ever played by go professionals in China, Japan, and Korea. Every game in this collection ends within one hundred moves. With detailed comments, readers can learn the ideas and tactics which were used to efficiently win the games so quickly. If you like playing strategic games which do not rely on nibbling during the endgame, this set of books may be just what you need for your studies. At RMB1 per commented game, what a bargain.
Game 7 in the first book tells the tale of how Kudo Norio won as White over Ono Nobuyuki in the 2nd Preliminary of the 53rd Honinbo Tournament on November 21st, 1996 in 20 moves. Probably the shortest professional go game played in a tournament on record. You can look at the game record below but unless you are quite strong, it will probably require a bit of commentary to understand why and how it ended so quickly.