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Weekly Go problems: Week 117

Here are the weekly Go problems: Easy Go problem: Black can make two eyes with one move. Intermediate Go problem: White seems to have a lot of eyespace, but her shape is short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Be careful about relying too heavily on memorized sequences…

Weekly Go problems: Week 116

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: White’s shape is short of liberties. Intermediate Go problem: We looked at a similar shape last time, but don’t assume that both situations are the same. Hard Go problem: You can do a lot with thickness if you know how!

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 4

This is game 4 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p. The mood of the series changed when Gu Li defeated Lee Sedol in three consecutive games, including in game 3 of this match, but the overall score for the Jubango was still 2-1 in Lee’s favor…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – Jubango – Game 3

This is game 3 of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango, between Lee Sedol and Gu Li. Since Lee Sedol won the first two games, he should have had a psychological advantage going into this one. However, the mood of the series changed shortly before this game took place…

Weekly Go problems: Week 115

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Sometimes when a stone is in atari, it’s even less useful than if it weren’t on the board at all. Intermediate Go problem: The opponent’s vital point is your own. Hard Go problem: Normally Black’s corner group would be dead…

Go Commentary: Iyama Yuta vs Yamashita Keigo – 38th Kisei – Game 6

Iyama Yuta, the strongest Go player in Japan, successfully defended his Kisei title against challenger Yamashita Keigo, on March 13, 2014. This year’s 38th Kisei was the first time Iyama went into the title match as the title holder. He took the Kisei title from Cho U in 2013…

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Jubango – Game 2

The second game of the MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango took place in near Shanghai, on February 23, 2014. This time Gu Li held black and Lee Sedol played white. Lee won the first game, so it became more important for Gu to even the series by winning this game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 114

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You can’t let white have more than two liberties. Intermediate Go problem: How can black make use of his captured stone? Hard Go problem: Sometimes you need to ask a question before answering one…

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…