Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 8

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This is the eighth and final game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango. This game was played on September 28, 2014, in Chongqing, China – which is Gu Li’s hometown. The score going into this game was 5-2 in Lee Sedol’s favor which meant that this game was a kadoban for Gu…

Go boards kick cars off the street in Seoul!

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Hundreds of people gathered to play Go in Korea’s Gwanghwamun Square, on September 21, 2014. This event was part of Seoul’s Street Without Cars Festival and Learn Go Week. 100 pros played simultaneous games with attendees…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 7

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This is game 7 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango. It was played in Lhasa, Tibet, on August 31, 2014. Lee Sedol was leading 4-2 going into this game, so it was very important for Gu to win. If he lost, Lee would extend his lead to 5-2, meaning that Gu could only hope for a 5-5 draw in this 10 game match…

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 6

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This is game 6 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango. Lee Sedol won first two games, but Gu Li won the next two, to tie the series at 2-2. Then Lee won game 5, taking a 3-2 lead. There was a two month break between games 5 and 6, because…

Go Commentary: Cho Chikun vs Kobayashi Satoru – 4th Igo Masters Cup

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This game is from the final of the 4th Igo Masters Cup, played between Cho Chikun 9p and Kobayashi Satoru 9p on July 12, 2014. The Igo Masters Cup is a tournament for veteran players over the age of 50…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Ida Atsushi – 69th Honinbo

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This is game 5 of the 69th Honinbo final, played between Iyama Yuta 9p and Ida Atsushi 8p on June 30 and July 1 2014. Iyama Yuta was already leading the match 3-1 at this stage, so this game was a kadoban (match deciding game) for Ida…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 5

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This is game 5 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol and Gu Li. The mood of the series changed dramatically when Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol in four consecutive games and the overall score for the Jubango became 2-2…

Go Seigen turns 100 today!

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Today is Go Seigen’s 100th birthday. Go Seigen is regarded by many to be the greatest Go player who ever lived. He created a new paradigm in the game of Go and raised the understanding of future players to a new level…

Weekly Go problems: Week 116

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: White’s shape is short of liberties. Intermediate Go problem: We looked at a similar shape last time, but don’t assume that both situations are the same. Hard Go problem: You can do a lot with thickness if you know how!

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 4

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This is game 4 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p. The mood of the series changed when Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol in three consecutive games, including in game 3 of this match, but the overall score for the Jubango was still 2-1 in Lee’s favor…