Weekly Go problems: Week 105


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


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


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


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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 102


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are two vital points in the corner, but they’re not exactly the same. Intermediate Go problem: In this case, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but that’s not always true in Go. Hard Go problem: Finding a ko is easy. Too easy…

Go Commentary: Kono Rin vs Iyama Yuta – 38th Gosei – Game 5


This is the final game from the 38th Gosei title match, between Iyama Yuta and Kono Rin. It was played at the Nihon Ki-in Kansai branch in Osaka, on August 23, 2013. Iyama Yuta is the #1 player in Japan, and he’s also Japan’s greatest hope on the international Go scene…

Weekly Go problems: Week 101


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When playing Go, you need to constantly be thinking about how to create miai.. Intermediate Go problem: How can you exploit white’s shortage of liberties? Hard Go problem: It’s not hard to get the first move, but take a moment to consider what you’re going to do next…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Takao Shinji – 68th Honinbo – Game 7


This is the final game of the 68th Honinbo title match, played between Iyama Yuta and Takao Shinji. Iyama won the first game, but Takao won next two games, leaving the score at 2-1. Iyama countered by winning games 4 and 5, and Takao defended the kadoban in game 6. This left the Honinbo title tied at 3-3, to be decided by a single decisive game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 100


Wow! Where did the last two years go? 100 weeks of Go problems. Thank you all for dropping by each week and sharing your thoughts in the comments from time to time. Have you tried all 300 problems? Let me know!

Weekly Go problems: Week 99


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black can capture the cutting stones with a very useful tesuji. Intermediate Go problem: White’s position is very thin. Where’s the vital point? Hard Go problem: If you can picture the kind of result you want, you’re already halfway there…