Weekly Go problems: Week 76

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 76.

Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun!

Easy Go problem

You need to count liberties here and compare two options. If you can capture white’s stones, you should. If can’t, you should sacrifice early and minimize the damage.

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Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file.

 

Intermediate Go problem

Once you’ve cut, you need to develop your cutting stones in the center. If you can find a nice way to pressure white, your stones will develop more naturally.

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Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF file.

 

Hard Go problem

This is more or less a pure reading problem. Just remember that white might not respond in the way that you intend.

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Download the solutions to the hard problem as an SGF or PDF file.

 

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Discuss other possible moves

If you have any questions or want to discuss any of these problems, please leave a comment below at any time. You can use the coordinates on the problem images to discuss a move or sequence of moves.

You can also download the solutions as a PDF or SGF file by clicking the links below each problem.

About David Ormerod

David likes teaching, learning, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught hundreds of people to play Go, including many children at schools in Australia. In 2010 David was the Australian representative at the 31st World Amateur Go Championships. He's a 5 dan amateur Go player and is the editor of Go Game Guru. You can find David on Google+ and follow Go Game Guru on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Comments

  1. I really have appreciated the last move of intermediate one: it is as simple as useful as although hard to see during the game. Thanks David

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Braket,

      Many of these techniques sometimes seem too simple to mention, but they’re very useful to know, so I’m glad you found it helpful.

  2. Joseph K. says:

    Hi! Thanks David for your daily problems. Move D8 in the intermediate problem was quite hard to find for me! Now it would be easier!

  3. Almost always I have problems about what to do with my cutting stones… The intermediate one will help me with this. Thanks to you David.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Sometimes I have problems figuring out how to develop cutting stones too. Probably every Go player does :)

      Usually in those cases, I realize when reviewing later that cutting wasn’t good. Cutting (or letting yourself get cut) is different to splitting, because it leaves you with a new group to manage that doesn’t have any eye shape yet.

      Learning better technique can help with this, but what helps even more is making sure that you have some sort of effective follow up moves; before you cut :)

  4. Thanks for the problems. First time I solved them all on the first try!

  5. I was not too happy with myself that I missed the intermediate problem. I think the key is always to consider one’s follow up move.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Exactly Vlad. The concept of a follow up move is critically important in Go, even when choosing the best way to defend. I think that just remembering to consider what the follow up move is, before playing a move, can lead to a big improvement.

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