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Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 1

This was the first game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, played between Gu Li 9p and Lee Sedol 9p on January 26, 2014. This event will almost certainly be the most popular and exciting match of 2014. These two players have been the top two in the world over the last 10 years…

Weekly Go problems: Week 113

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s easy to trap stones near the edge of the board. Intermediate Go problem: Capturing races play a role in life and death problems too. Hard Go problem: Once upon a time, I showed this problem to a 7d who was sharing accommodation with me at a Go tournament…

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan – 18th Chunwon

This is the 2nd game of the 18th Chunwon (Korean Tengen) final, which was played on January 14, 2014. Park won the 1st game of the final, and was aiming to make his come back as Chunwon title holder by winning this game. Park Junghwan’s currently ranked #1 in Korea…

Weekly Go problems: Week 112

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: The process of finding a successful defense can reveal the true vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you establish that a group can’t be captured, you should switch your focus… Hard Go problem: If you always stop reading too early, you’ll miss many fantastic opportunities…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Choi Cheolhan – 41st Myeongin

This is the 5th and last game of the 41st Myeongin (Korean Meijin) final, played between Lee Sedol 9p and Choi Cheolhan 9p on December 15, 2013. Lee won the first game of the final, but Choi won next two games to lead the series 2-1. Lee fought back with a win in game 4, and this was the deciding game of the 41st Myeongin title match…

Weekly Go problems: Week 111

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: For your first move, you need to find a point that creates miai. Intermediate Go problem: The key to resistance is to first understand what your opponent wants. Hard Go problem: Black’s shape looks dreadfully thin, but there’s still a tesuji for making life.

Weekly Go problems: Week 110

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s good style to live with as much territory as possible, but… Intermediate Go problem: When you’re defending, you should still look for small opportunities to create weaknesses… Hard Go problem: If you take your time, you’ll discover a deceptively simple answer…

Weekly Go problems: Week 109

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

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

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…