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 140

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: One of the Golden Rules of Go is “take care of yourself when attacking.” Intermediate Go problem: There are two basic tactics in capturing races; reduce liberties or increase them. Hard Go problem: The aji in Black’s lone cutting stone is surprisingly strong!

Weekly Go problems: Week 139

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re trying to reduce a group’s liberties, it’s usually better not to allow it to extend in a straight line. Intermediate Go problem: Separating White’s groups is surprisingly tricky. Hard Go problem: It looks like White has miai to kill Black…

Weekly Go problems: Week 138

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to choose between expanding your eyespace and defending a vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you find the mutual vital point, you’ll have a response for every continuation. Hard Go problem: Careful reading and a grasp for the fundamentals should reveal the key points…

Weekly Go problems: Week 137

Here are the weekly Go problems. Sacrificing stones can be powerful tactic in a capturing race. Intermediate Go problem: This looks like a bit like joseki, but White is refusing to compromise. Hard Go problem: We’re continuing with the theme of this week’s easy problem, but you’ll need some sharper tesuji this time…

Weekly Go problems: Week 136

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There’s more than one solution, but it’s all about the vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Never give up just because it looks like stones might escape. Hard Go problem: Thinking about your opponent’s plans more than your own is one of the secrets of playing well…

Weekly Go problems: Week 135

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Sometimes groups have fewer liberties than they seem to. Intermediate Go problem: Do you get the sense that White’s shape is quite short of liberties? Hard Go problem: There are many cases where exchanging a hane on the second line just reduces your liberties…

Weekly Go problems: Week 134

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Liberties are important in life and death problems too. Intermediate Go problem: Once work out why normal moves aren’t good enough, the solution may present itself. Hard Go problem: Being quick to spot vital points can sometimes cause a kind of blindness…

Weekly Go problems: Week 133

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are two vital points in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: These kinds of situations call for subtlety. Hard Go problem: The key point is unclear, but if you focus on the fundamentals you’ll get your bearings…

Weekly Go problems: Week 132

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are some things you can only get away with in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: When direct moves don’t work, you should think about offering a trade. Hard Go problem: Playing moves that are gote is fine, as long as you still make them count…

Weekly Go problems: Week 131

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to find two very useful tesuji, but first remember the basics. Intermediate Go problem: What’s the fastest way to reduce White’s liberties? Hard Go problem: The shape is a bit confusing, but if you’ve solved previous weeks’ problems you’ll be able to find the vital point.