Go Problems

Solving Go problems is a great way to get better at Go because it helps to build your 'Go muscles'. It's fun too! Have a look at these Go problems and see for yourself.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 111

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: For your first move, you need to find a point that creates miai. Intermediate Go problem: The key to resistance is to first understand what your opponent wants. Hard Go problem: Black’s shape looks dreadfully thin, but there’s still a tesuji for making life.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.