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Weekly Go problems: Week 122

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You shouldn’t always be satisfied with small gains. Intermediate Go problem: What’s the best endgame move for Black? Hard Go problem: You need to get to the vital point quickly…

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

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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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 121

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Do you know how Black should resolve things in the corner? Intermediate Go problem: This is the continuation of a common joseki… Hard Go problem: This problem was sent to us by Go Game Guru reader Edmund Shaw…

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

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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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 120

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When your groups are solid enough, even relatively thin looking moves can work. Intermediate Go problem: Never stop reading just because a stone is in atari. Hard Go problem: This sort of double ladder problem is very hard to solve in an actual game…

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

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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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 119

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Simple moves are often best in Go. Intermediate Go problem: When neither player’s group is in immediate danger, the contest revolves around shape, potential and sente. Hard Go problem: Sometimes very quiet moves can be deadly…

Go Seigen turns 100 today!

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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 118

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This problem looks suspiciously similar to last week’s easy problem… Intermediate Go problem: This situation has probably appeared in some of your games… Hard Go problem: Always remember that your opponent’s key point is your own…

Weekly Go problems: Week 117

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Here are the weekly Go problems: Easy Go problem: Black can make two eyes with one move. Intermediate Go problem: White seems to have a lot of eyespace, but her shape is short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Be careful about relying too heavily on memorized sequences…