Now in store: Commented Games by Lee Sedol – Volume 2

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Commented Games by Lee Sedol Volume 2 – Dream to be the Best is now in stock and ready to ship worldwide! Daniela Trinks from Baduktopia has worked incredibly hard on the translation and, in my opinion, the quality of the finished product is even better than that of Volume 1…

Go Commentary: Chen Yaoye vs Lee Sedol – 9th Chunlan Cup Final

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This is the last game from the final of the 9th Chunlan Cup, played between Lee Sedol and Chen Yaoye. Chen won the first game of the final, but Lee made it tie with game two, and this was the deciding game. Lee and Chen had played five games together before this final, and their head to head record stood at 4-1 in Lee’s favor…

Weekly Go problems: Week 97

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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

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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…

Go Commentary: Lee Younggu vs Iyama Yuta – 18th LG Cup

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This is a game between Lee Younggu and Iyama Yuta, from the round of 16 at the 18th LG Cup. Iyama Yuta 9p is the #1 player in Japan. He currently holds five of the seven major Japanese titles. Lee Younggu 9p is currently #14 in Korea. He won the 7th Price Information Cup in 2011 and it was his first title…

Weekly Go problems: Week 95

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Go Seigen: The Go Master

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June 12 is Go Seigen’s birthday. In 2013 he turns 99. Go Seigen is a legend in the Go world. In fact, he’s one of the first professional Go players many people learn about, along with Lee Changho. He’s also well known by the Chinese reading of his name, Wu Qingyuan (吴清源)…