Weekly Go problems: Week 109

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black only has three liberties, which means you can’t allow white to have more than two. Intermediate Go problem: This position sometimes appears in real games. Hard Go problem: Sometimes, in a game, you might need to make life in this sort of position. Don’t rush more than you need to…

Go Commentary: Akiyama Jiro vs Iyama Yuta – 39th Tengen

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This is game 3 of the 39th Tengen final, which was played on November 28. After this Tengen victory and his successful December 2 defense of the Oza, Iyama is on track to challenge Yuki Satoshi for the Judan and to complete the Japanese grand slam of Go in 2014…

Weekly Go problems: Week 108

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: This is a shape which will come up again and again in your games. Intermediate Go problem: Don’t try to win every fight. Focus on the ones that matter instead. Hard Go problem: You don’t always have to win the capturing race to succeed…

Weekly Go problems: Week 107

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s important to be able to see which stones are important… Intermediate Go problem: When you find yourself in a tight position, you should look for forcing moves… Hard Go problem: When playing to kill, start reading by trying to narrow a group’s eyespace…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Shi Yue – 2013 Samsung Cup – Quarter Finals

Shi Yue 9 dan at the 2013 Samsung Cup.

This game was played between Shi Yue and Park Junghwan, in the quarter finals of the 2013 Samsung Cup, on October 10, 2013. Park Junghwan is currently ranked #1 in Korea. He’s very good at fighting. Shi Yue is currently ranked #3 in China. He seems to like playing a thick and solid game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 106

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Here are weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Capturing stones isn’t always best. Intermediate Go problem: You need to consider your own liberties, as well as white’s. Hard Go problem: Move order is fundamental in Go.

Weekly Go problems: Week 105

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can reduce white’s liberties while defending your stones against atari? Intermediate Go problem: It’s three liberties each, but how can you prevent white from connecting underneath? Hard Go problem: There are several vital points, so you’d better read first and find the best way to attack…

Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Park Younghun – 17th China Korea Tengen

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This was the first game of the 17th China Korea Tengen, between Chen Yaoye and Park Younghun. Chen Yaoye is currently ranked #1 in China, and he’s already won this China Korea Tengen three times. Park Younghun 9p is ranked #6 in Korea. Recently, Park’s been playing more of an active, fighting game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 104

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s a capturing race, which means liberties are important. Intermediate Go problem: There’s no way to live with normal moves, but black has a tesuji to help him gain a move locally. Hard Go problem: Sometimes it helps to begin with the end in mind…

Weekly Go problems: Week 103

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re trying to capture stones, it’s important to play precisely. Intermediate Go problem: White’s offering you a trade. Hard Go problem: Even very lively looking groups can sometimes be captured when liberties are tight…