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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…

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.

Happy new year! Here’s to 2014

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Happy new year everyone! Thanks for making 2013 another great year at Go Game Guru. Wishing you all the best for 2014! From David, Younggil and Jing.

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…

Tang Weixing defeats Lee Sedol in 2013 Samsung Cup – China sweeps international Go in 2013

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The 2013 Samsung Cup final was played on December 10 and 11, 2013, at the Shilla Hotel in Suzhou, China. Tang Weixing defeated Lee Sedol 2-0 in the final, becoming a new world champion and 9 dan professional player. Not many people expected Tang Weixing to defeat Lee Sedol, because…

Japan all out at 15th Nongshim Cup

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The second round of the 15th Nongshim Cup finished on December 7, 2013 with Team Japan being eliminated. When play resumed on December 2, 2013, Kang only managed one more win, over Kono Rin, before succumbing to Team China’s Chen Yaoye. Chen also had a pretty good run, with three straight wins…

Mi Yuting wins his first world championship – 1st MLily Cup

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On December 6, 2013, the 1st MLily Cup saw the crowning of a new world Champion and China’s newest 9 dan, Mi Yuting. Mi certainly had his work cut out for him on his journey towards this breakthrough win. He defeated Lee Sedol, Kang Dongyun, Kong Jie, Dang Yifei and Wang Xi to earn his place in the final…

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…

Go Commentary: Akiyama Jiro vs Iyama Yuta – 39th Tengen

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This is game 3 of the 39th Tengen final, which was played on November 28. After this Tengen victory and his successful December 2 defense of the Oza, Iyama is on track to challenge Yuki Satoshi for the Judan and to complete the Japanese grand slam of Go in 2014…

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…