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: Cho Chikun vs Kobayashi Satoru – 4th Igo Masters Cup

Cho Chikun 9 dan receives a certificate from Yamashiro Hiroshi 9 dan. Photo: Akira Adachi

This game is from the final of the 4th Igo Masters Cup, played between Cho Chikun 9p and Kobayashi Satoru 9p on July 12, 2014. The Igo Masters Cup is a tournament for veteran players over the age of 50…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Ida Atsushi – 69th Honinbo


This is game 5 of the 69th Honinbo final, played between Iyama Yuta 9p and Ida Atsushi 8p on June 30 and July 1 2014. Iyama Yuta was already leading the match 3-1 at this stage, so this game was a kadoban (match deciding game) for Ida…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 5


This is game 5 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol and Gu Li. The mood of the series changed dramatically when Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol in four consecutive games and the overall score for the Jubango became 2-2…

Go Seigen turns 100 today!


Today is Go Seigen’s 100th birthday. Go Seigen is regarded by many to be the greatest Go player who ever lived. He created a new paradigm in the game of Go and raised the understanding of future players to a new level…

Weekly Go problems: Week 116


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: White’s shape is short of liberties. Intermediate Go problem: We looked at a similar shape last time, but don’t assume that both situations are the same. Hard Go problem: You can do a lot with thickness if you know how!

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 4


This is game 4 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p. The mood of the series changed when Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol in three consecutive games, including in game 3 of this match, but the overall score for the Jubango was still 2-1 in Lee’s favor…

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


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


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


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


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…