Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – 41st Myeongin

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This is the 5th and last game of the 41st Myeongin (Korean Meijin) final, played between Lee Sedol 9p and Choi Cheolhan 9p on December 15, 2013. Lee won the first game of the final, but Choi won next two games to lead the series 2-1. Lee fought back with a win in game 4, and this was the deciding game of the 41st Myeongin title match…

Weekly Go problems: Week 110

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s good style to live with as much territory as possible, but… Intermediate Go problem: When you’re defending, you should still look for small opportunities to create weaknesses… Hard Go problem: If you take your time, you’ll discover a deceptively simple answer…

Tang Weixing defeats Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup – China sweeps international Go in 2013

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The 2013 Samsung Cup final was played on December 10 and 11, 2013, at the Shilla Hotel in Suzhou, China. Tang Weixing defeated Lee Sedol 2-0 in the final, becoming a new world champion and 9 dan professional player. Not many people expected Tang Weixing to defeat Lee Sedol, because…

Weekly Go problems: Week 109

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black only has three liberties, which means you can’t allow white to have more than two. Intermediate Go problem: This position sometimes appears in real games. Hard Go problem: Sometimes, in a game, you might need to make life in this sort of position. Don’t rush more than you need to…

Go Commentary: Akiyama Jiro vs Iyama Yuta – 39th Tengen

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This is game 3 of the 39th Tengen final, which was played on November 28. After this Tengen victory and his successful December 2 defense of the Oza, Iyama is on track to challenge Yuki Satoshi for the Judan and to complete the Japanese grand slam of Go in 2014…

Weekly Go problems: Week 108

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This is a shape which will come up again and again in your games. Intermediate Go problem: Don’t try to win every fight. Focus on the ones that matter instead. Hard Go problem: You don’t always have to win the capturing race to succeed…

Lee Sedol vs Gu Li showdown scheduled for 2014 – MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango

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The dates for the much anticipated jubango between Lee Sedol and Gu Li have been announced, and the match will start in January 2014. The official launch of the match was held on November 24, 2013, at the Conrad Hotel in Beijing, China. A jubango is a 10 game match between two noteworthy players…

No longer underdogs: Zhou Ruiyang and Tuo Jiaxi fight their way to 18th LG Cup final

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The semifinals of the 18th LG Cup were played on November 13, 2013, at the Paradise Hotel in Incheon, Korea. Zhou Ruiyang 9p defeated Chen Yaoye 9p and Tuo Jiaxi 3p defeated Li Zhe to proceed to the final. Both of them are in very good form these days, so it’s hard to predict who will have the advantage in the final…

Weekly Go problems: Week 107

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s important to be able to see which stones are important… Intermediate Go problem: When you find yourself in a tight position, you should look for forcing moves… Hard Go problem: When playing to kill, start reading by trying to narrow a group’s eyespace…

Lee Sedol and Tang Weixing to meet in 2013 Samsung Cup final

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The semifinals of the 2013 Samsung Cup were played on November 4, 6, and 7, at the Samsung Training Institute, in Daejeon, Korea. Lee Sedol 9p defeated Wu Guangya 6p by resignation, after 152 moves, and proceeded to the final after winning 2-1. Meanwhile, Tang Weixing 3p defeated Shi Yue 9p by 2.5 points…