Iyama Yuta completes Japanese trifecta with 38th Meijin victory

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Iyama Yuta, the strongest Go player in Japan, completed his trifecta of the big three Japanese titles by winning the 38th Meijin on October 17, 2013. When the final game finished, Iyama Yuta had defeated Yamashita Keigo by 4.5 points…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Shi Yue – 2013 Samsung Cup – Quarter Finals

Shi Yue 9 dan at the 2013 Samsung Cup.

This game was played between Shi Yue and Park Junghwan, in the quarter finals of the 2013 Samsung Cup, on October 10, 2013. Park Junghwan is currently ranked #1 in Korea. He’s very good at fighting. Shi Yue is currently ranked #3 in China. He seems to like playing a thick and solid game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 106

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Here are weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Capturing stones isn’t always best. Intermediate Go problem: You need to consider your own liberties, as well as white’s. Hard Go problem: Move order is fundamental in Go.

Good news for Korea at last: 2013 Samsung Cup – Round of 16

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The round of 16 of the 2013 Samsung Cup was played on October 8, 2013. Four players from China and four from Korea progressed through to the quarter finals. As a result, it’s very likely that the sponsor, Samsung, will arrange four China vs Korea matches for the quarter finals…

Weekly Go problems: Week 105

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can reduce white’s liberties while defending your stones against atari? Intermediate Go problem: It’s three liberties each, but how can you prevent white from connecting underneath? Hard Go problem: There are several vital points, so you’d better read first and find the best way to attack…

Chen Yaoye and Park Junghwan play a really big game of Go!

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On September 21, 2013, Chen Yaoye defeated Park Junghwan by 14.5 points in a giant game of Go, in Fenghuang, Hunan Province, China. This was China’s second victory in this biennial exhibition match. Chen Yaoye is currently #1 in China and has been in excellent form this year…

Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Park Younghun – 17th China Korea Tengen

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This was the first game of the 17th China Korea Tengen, between Chen Yaoye and Park Younghun. Chen Yaoye is currently ranked #1 in China, and he’s already won this China Korea Tengen three times. Park Younghun 9p is ranked #6 in Korea. Recently, Park’s been playing more of an active, fighting game…

Wang Chenxing wins 4th Bingsheng Cup

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Wang Chenxing defeated Yu Zhiying to win the final of the 4th Bingsheng Cup, on September 12, 2013. With this win – her first major international title – Wang has become a new star in the Go world. In the final showdown, Yu Zhiying built big territories in the top right area and the top left corner. Meanwhile…

2013 Samsung Cup group stage wrap up

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After all the excitement over the last few days, the group stage of 2013 Samsung Cup finally concluded on September 5, 2013. 16 players progressed, including 11 players from China, and just 5 players from Korea. Japan’s players were all eliminated in the group stage…

Go Commentary: Kono Rin vs Iyama Yuta – 38th Gosei – Game 5

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This is the final game from the 38th Gosei title match, between Iyama Yuta and Kono Rin. It was played at the Nihon Ki-in Kansai branch in Osaka, on August 23, 2013. Iyama Yuta is the #1 player in Japan, and he’s also Japan’s greatest hope on the international Go scene…