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Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – 3rd BC Card Cup Game 5

This is a commentary of the fifth and final game from the finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup, between Lee Sedol (9p) and Gu Li (9p). This game had less fighting than the other games in the series, but was more subtle and delicate than their earlier matches.

How to deal with 5-4 openings: Tips and tricks

Many Go players I know are not confident in their ability to deal with openings using the 5-4 point. On the other hand, some players understand the 5-4 point well and use it as a weapon in their games. In this article we’ll cover some effective ways of dealing with your opponent’s 5-4 play and also show you some tricks that you or your opponent might try.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – 3rd BC Card Cup Game 4

This is a commentary of the fourth game from the finals of the 3rd BC Card Cup, between Gu Li (9p) and Lee Sedol (9p). A fight began at move 20, and the fighting never stopped until almost the end of the game. Both players are infighters, and games between them are always interesting and full of excitement and tension.

Go Commentary: Park Younghun vs Lee Changho – 12th Maxim Cup

This game is the second and last game of 12th Maxim Cup final, between Park Younghun and Lee Changho. It was a relatively peaceful game, and there weren’t any big fights, but if you look deeper, it’s a really interesting and fun game, as it was close throughout. You can see both players’ great endgame skills and accurate counting in byoyomi.

Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Gu Li – 3rd BC Card Cup

This was one of the most exciting and complicated games so far in the 3rd BC Card Cup. The game was played between Kim Jiseok (7p) of Korea and Gu Li (9p) of China. Both players are well known as infighters, and it shows in this game. Gu Li’s career so far is far better than Kim Jiseok’s, but Kim is far younger and is a rising star in Korea. Enjoy the game!

Go Commentary: Rui Naiwei vs Park Jieun – 9th Jeongganjang Cup

Here is a commentary of the exciting deciding match in the 9th Jeonganjang Cup. Rui Naiwei (9d) beat three Korean female players in a row and faced Park Jieun (9d). They are both the captains of their respective national teams, so it was a real 9 dan showdown. They are both great female Go players.

Go Commentary: Rui Naiwei vs Cho Hyeyeon – 12th Female Myeongin

This is a commentary of the final game of the Female Myeongin Cup in Korea. It was played between Rui Naiwei and Cho Hyeyeon on February 18, 2011. Rui won this game, taking the best of three match and the title for the seventh consecutive time. Rui is getting older, but I think she’s still the top professional Go player amongst female Go players in the world.

Go Commentary: Lee Changho vs Won Seongjin – 24th Fujitsu Cup

Here is a game commentary of the recent game between Lee Changho and Won Seongjin. Lee resigned this game when he was winning, but even when Lee resigned, the game was almost finished, and Won already knew he’d lose the capturing race. It’s unbelievable that Lee misread an easy move. Go fans will miss Lee’s games in the 24th Fujitsu Cup.

5 tips for dealing with unexpected moves in Go

Imagine your opponent has just played a move that took you completely by surprise, how should you react? Here you will learn five principles that will help you find the right move in any situation. The article demonstrates these principles in real play, by applying them to a position from an actual game. This is advice that all Go players can benefit from.

Go Commentary: Kong Jie vs Choi Cheolhan – 12th Nongshim Cup

Here is a commentary of the final match of the 12th Nongshim Cup (2011). The players are Choi Cheolhan (9 dan – white) of Korea and Kong Jie (9 dan) of China. Choi won by resignation and took home the Nongshim Cup for Korea. We hope you enjoy this game.