About Younggil An

Younggil is an 8 dan professional Go player with the Korean Baduk Association. He won the 'Prize of Victory of the Year' in 1998 for winning 18 consecutive pro games. After completing compulsory military service, Younggil left Korea to teach and promote the game Go overseas. Younggil now runs Younggil's Go School in Sydney, Australia and writes at Go Game Guru. You can find Younggil on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 3

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This is game 3 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol and Gu Li. Since Lee Sedol won the first two games, he should have had a psychological advantage going into this one. However, the mood of the series changed shortly before this game took place…

Korea wins 4th Zhaoshang Cup by a whisker

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The 4th Zhaoshang Cup was played on March 21 and 23, 2014, in Hangzhou, China. Teams China and Korea competed in a seven board team tournament of the top players from the two countries. Round 1 was held on March 21 and Team Korea won 4-3 against Team China…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Yamashita Keigo – 38th Kisei – Game 6

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Iyama Yuta, the strongest Go player in Japan, successfully defended his Kisei title against challenger Yamashita Keigo, on March 13, 2014. This year’s 38th Kisei was the first time Iyama went into the title match as the title holder. He took the Kisei title from Cho U in 2013…

Choi Cheolhan overcomes his nemesis – Jingdezhen exhibition match

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An exhibition match between Choi Cheolhan and Chen Yaoye was played in Jingdezhen, on March 9, 2014. This was the third iteration of this invitational match and Choi Cheolhan won by 1.5 points. Chen held black and the opening of the game was interesting…

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 2

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The second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango took place in near Shanghai, on February 23, 2014. This time Gu Li held black and Lee Sedol played white. Lee won the first game, so it became more important for Gu to even the series by winning this game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 114

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You can’t let white have more than two liberties. Intermediate Go problem: How can black make use of his captured stone? Hard Go problem: Sometimes you need to ask a question before answering one…

Tuo Jiaxi seizes his first international title – 18th LG Cup

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The last game of the 18th LG Cup final was played on February 13, 2014. Tuo Jiaxi 3p defeated Zhou Ruiyang 9p, with a 2-1 score, after winning game 3 by resignation. This is Tuo’s first international title! According to the Chinese promotion rules, Tuo will now be promoted to the rank of 9p…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 1

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This was the first game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, played between Gu Li 9p and Lee Sedol 9p on January 26, 2014. This event will almost certainly be the most popular and exciting match of 2014. These two players have been the top two in the world over the last 10 years…

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan – 18th Chunwon

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This is the 2nd game of the 18th Chunwon (Korean Tengen) final, which was played on January 14, 2014. Park won the 1st game of the final, and was aiming to make his come back as Chunwon title holder by winning this game. Park Junghwan’s currently ranked #1 in Korea…

Weekly Go problems: Week 112

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The process of finding a successful defense can reveal the true vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you establish that a group can’t be captured, you should switch your focus… Hard Go problem: If you always stop reading too early, you’ll miss many fantastic opportunities…