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Weekly Go problems: Week 129

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s easy to think that this shape is already alive, but look more closely. Intermediate Go problem: You need to seek out the best possible moves instead of just accepting life. Hard Go problem: This sort of shape can be confusing in real games…

Weekly Go problems: Week 128

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This week’s problems are all about shortage of liberties. Intermediate Go problem: Capturing White requires a delicate move order. Hard Go problem: Sometimes I feel guilty because I don’t care whether my stones live or die…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Tang Weixing – 2014 Samsung Cup

This is the last game of the 2014 Samsung Cup semifinals. This game was played between Park Junghwan 9p and Tang Weixing 9p, on November 7, 2014. Tang Weixing won the first game of this match, but Park tied the score in the second game, so this game would decide the finalist of 2014 Samsung Cup…

Weekly Go problems: Week 127

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The best moves are usually those that combine attack and defense. Intermediate Go problem: This shape is the result of a joseki. A lot of players don’t realize that Black can still live in the corner. Hard Go problem: If you allow White to maximize her eyespace, she’ll live easily.

Weekly Go problems: Week 126

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The eye stealing tesuji is useful in life and death problems too. Intermediate Go problem: If you focus too much on capturing stones, you’ll often overlook good moves. Hard Go problem: Reduce White’s eyespace, then look for a vital point.

Go Commentary: Kang Dongyun vs Ida Atsushi – 16th Nongshim Cup

The 16th Nongshim Cup got started in Beijing, China, from October 21 to 24, 2014. The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea. We’re going to have a look at the fourth game, between Kang Dongyun and Ida Atsushi.

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

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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 125

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This is a tesuji you need to know. It’s all in the first move. Intermediate Go problem: Mastering this technique will see you through many difficult situations. Hard Go problem: Slow and steady doesn’t always win the race…

Weekly Go problems: Week 124

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The key to this problem is finding the vital points in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: The first of the Golden Rules of Go is ‘greed leads not to success’. Hard Go problem: Black needs to make an eye in sente…

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

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…