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 120

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When your groups are solid enough, even relatively thin looking moves can work. Intermediate Go problem: Never stop reading just because a stone is in atari. Hard Go problem: This sort of double ladder problem is very hard to solve in an actual game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 119

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Simple moves are often best in Go. Intermediate Go problem: When neither player’s group is in immediate danger, the contest revolves around shape, potential and sente. Hard Go problem: Sometimes very quiet moves can be deadly…

Weekly Go problems: Week 118

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This problem looks suspiciously similar to last week’s easy problem… Intermediate Go problem: This situation has probably appeared in some of your games… Hard Go problem: Always remember that your opponent’s key point is your own…

Weekly Go problems: Week 117

Here are the weekly Go problems: Easy Go problem: Black can make two eyes with one move. Intermediate Go problem: White seems to have a lot of eyespace, but her shape is short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Be careful about relying too heavily on memorized sequences…

Weekly Go problems: Week 116

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!

Weekly Go problems: Week 115

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Sometimes when a stone is in atari, it’s even less useful than if it weren’t on the board at all. Intermediate Go problem: The opponent’s vital point is your own. Hard Go problem: Normally Black’s corner group would be dead…

Weekly Go problems: Week 114

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You can’t let white have more than two liberties. Intermediate Go problem: How can black make use of his captured stone? Hard Go problem: Sometimes you need to ask a question before answering one…

Weekly Go problems: Week 113

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s easy to trap stones near the edge of the board. Intermediate Go problem: Capturing races play a role in life and death problems too. Hard Go problem: Once upon a time, I showed this problem to a 7d who was sharing accommodation with me at a Go tournament…

Weekly Go problems: Week 112

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The process of finding a successful defense can reveal the true vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you establish that a group can’t be captured, you should switch your focus… Hard Go problem: If you always stop reading too early, you’ll miss many fantastic opportunities…

Weekly Go problems: Week 111

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.