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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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 115

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Sometimes when a stone is in atari, it’s even less useful than if it weren’t on the board at all. Intermediate Go problem: The opponent’s vital point is your own. Hard Go problem: Normally Black’s corner group would be dead…

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…

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…

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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 113

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s easy to trap stones near the edge of the board. Intermediate Go problem: Capturing races play a role in life and death problems too. Hard Go problem: Once upon a time, I showed this problem to a 7d who was sharing accommodation with me at a Go tournament…

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…

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…