Weekly Go problems: Week 84


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem; Black can decisively win the capturing race with a single move. Intermediate Go problem: White’s short of liberties, but so are you. Hard Go problem: There are only a few possible moves. Don’t give up too early.

Classic Go Games: Fujisawa Hosai vs Go Seigen

Fujisawa Hosai vs Go Seigen - Game 2 of their first jubango (ten game match).

This was the second game in a ten game match between Fujisawa Hosai and Go Seigen. It was played on February 25 and 26, 1943. Go Seigen is regarded as the greatest Go player in the history of Go. We refer to him as a ‘living legend’ in Korea. Next year (in 2014), he’ll celebrate his 100th birthday…

Weekly Go problems: Week 83


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black’s position looks miserable, but you can turn things around with a beautiful tesuji. Intermediate Go problem: Don’t just try to cut white’s stones, try to capture them. Hard Go problem: Finding the first move is the only hard part this week…

Weekly Go problems: Week 82


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It might look like black’s under attack and white’s flexible, but there’s a crucial defect in white’s shape. Intermediate Go problem: When there are two places where you’d like to defend at once, you can sometimes prepare a makeshift defense in sente…

Weekly Go problems: Week 81


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black can paralyze white with a single blow to the vital point. Intermediate Go problem: To defend against a double threat you need a double defense. Hard Go problem: If you can find black’s beautiful tesuji, you can avoid the fiendish variations…

Go Commentary: Won Seongjin vs Shi Yue – 17th LG Cup Final


This is the second game of the 17th LG Cup final, between Won Seongjin and Shi Yue. Shi Yue won the first game, so he only had to win this game to win the LG Cup. Won likes solid, thick games and he’s good at attacking. Shi likes territorial games, but his game is well balanced at the same time…

Weekly Go problems: Week 80


This famous problem has appeared in various incarnations, in classic Go problem collections like the Xuanxuan Qijing. It’s one of my all time favorite problems, along with the ‘Monkey Magic’ problem from week 30. It looks like two separate problems, but it’s actually just one…

Weekly Go problems: Week 79


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It might be hard to see it, but black can play a devastating tesuji here. Intermediate Go problem: There’s still some life in black’s two corner stones… Hard Go problem: In real games, the kind of life you negotiate can be almost as important as whether you can find a way to live at all.

Weekly Go problems: Week 78


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s important not to stop reading when you get to an atari or a capturing move. Intermediate Go problem: When you’re trying to setup a shortage of liberties, your move order is critically important. Hard Go problem: There are many times when the monkey jump proves to be a weak attacking move…

Weekly Go problems: Week 77


Happy Valentine’s Day! This problem is heavily based on a similar one that was originally composed by Nakayama Noriyuki 6p – a master of ladder problems. Have fun!