Classic Go Games: Nominate your favorite games for analysis


From time to time people email us at Go Game Guru and say they’d be interested in seeing Younggil comment some classic Go games, from a modern perspective. So we decided it would be fun to ask you to recommend your favorite games for analysis. Let’s get started…

Weekly Go problems: Week 71


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Crouching down can be an effective move when it prepares you defend against multiple attacks. Intermediate Go problem: Ideally, you’d like to defend by attacking, where you can. Hard Go problem: It won’t take long to see where black can make an eye, but you can expect white to be uncooperative…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – 17th Samsung Cup Final – Game 2

Gu Li 9 dan, slated to play a jubango with Lee Sedol.

This is the second game of three in the final of the 2012 (17th) Samsung Cup, played by Lee Sedol and Gu Li. After the first game, many fans anticipated that Lee would win 2-0, because they expected that Gu Li would be distressed and this game was played on the following day. Let’s have a look at the game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 70


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are direct and indirect ways of capturing stones. Intermediate Go problem: No matter how plain or boring a move looks, if it’s the most effective way to develop, you should play it. Hard Go problem: Even in very common shapes you’ll find devilish twists when you look deeply.

Weekly Go problems: Week 69


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re fighting a capturing race in the corner, you need to guard your liberties carefully. Intermediate Go problem: Sometimes it helps if you can think of a similar shape that’s dead, and then try to force white into that shape. Hard Go problem: If you can understand what white wants, it becomes easier to come up with a practical way to resist.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – 17th Samsung Cup Final – Game 1


This is the first match of three in the final of the 17th Samsung Cup, played by Lee Sedol and Gu Li. Both Lee Sedol and Gu Li are among the most popular and well known players in the world today. Many Go fans were waiting in anticipation for these exciting matches, and I was also one of them…

Weekly Go problems: Week 68


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: If you figure out where you’re going to make your eyes before playing, the vital point will become clear. Intermediate Go problem: White just played 1-3 in hope of separating black. With the right move though, you can make miai… Hard Go problem: Black’s group in the corner looks done for, but the two black stones on the outside offer a glimmer of hope.

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Lee Sedol – 17th Samsung Cup


This is the second game of the semifinal match between Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan at the 17th Samsung Cup. The semifinals of the Samsung Cup are played as a best of three match. Lee Sedol won the first game, so if he wins this one he’ll proceed to the final. At the time when this game was played, Lee Sedol was ranked #2 in Korea and Choi Cheolhan was ranked #3.

Weekly Go problems: Week 67


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It looks like white has more liberties than black, but remember that there’s a shortage of liberties in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: If these stones were closer to the corner it would be easy… Hard Go problem: These kinds of nebulous shapes are always tricky.

Weekly Go problems: Week 66


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Focus on the whole capturing race, rather than small gains. Intermediate Go problem: Beyond seeking the strongest moves in the corner, you want to look for moves that harmonize with the overall position. Hard Go problem: Strange things happen at the 1-2 point.