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 100

Wow! Where did the last two years go? 100 weeks of Go problems. Thank you all for dropping by each week and sharing your thoughts in the comments from time to time. Have you tried all 300 problems? Let me know!

Weekly Go problems: Week 99

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black can capture the cutting stones with a very useful tesuji. Intermediate Go problem: White’s position is very thin. Where’s the vital point? Hard Go problem: If you can picture the kind of result you want, you’re already halfway there…

Weekly Go problems: Week 98

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Seeing an atari doesn’t mean you should stop reading! Intermediate Go problem: This is a special situation where white has played an inappropriate joseki. Hard Go problem: The shape that remains after stones are captured can be just as important as the stones themselves…

Weekly Go problems: Week 97

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You usually want to enlarge your eyespace as much as you safely can. Intermediate Go problem: Try to make a habit of identifying the vital points and getting to them quickly. Hard Go problem: The move order’s a bit tricky, but if black keeps playing ‘the only move’, white will die.

Weekly Go problems: Week 96

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can you reduce white’s liberties as quickly as possible? Intermediate Go problem: It sounds mercenary, but it doesn’t matter if stones die. Hard Go problem: The vital point isn’t particularly elusive. The hard part is dealing with white’s resistance…

Weekly Go problems: Week 95

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You should try to consider all possible ways of making life. Intermediate Go problem: Go isn’t just about capturing stones. Hard Go problem: Capturing three stones always makes an eye. Pay close attention to the possible shapes on the board…

Chosei: Eternal life in the board game Go

A very rare eternal life (長生) position appeared recently in the 2013 Korean Baduk League. The game was played between Choi Cheolhan and Ahn Seongjun on June 29, 2013. When it appeared on the board, Kang Hun, who was the referee for the game, came and judged it to be a draw…

Weekly Go problems: Week 94

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can you reduce white’s liberties as quickly as possible? Intermediate Go problem: Do you know where the vital point is here? Hard Go problem: Black doesn’t have much space here, but you can still make a second eye if you plan carefully…

Weekly Go problems: Week 93

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black has two liberties, how many does white have? Intermediate Go problem: How can you reduce white’s eye space? Hard Go problem: White has a lot of space here, but she’s short of liberties. Resist the temptation to reflexively play obvious moves…

Weekly Go problems: Week 92

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Always watch your liberties in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: White’s shape would usually be alive, but white’s a bit short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Black can reduce white’s shape to one eye, finishing with a diabolical tesuji.