Weekly Go problems: Week 102

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Go Commentary: Park Junghwan vs Iyama Yuta – 25th Asian TV Cup

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This game is from the final of the 25th Asian TV Cup, played between Iyama Yuta and Park Junghwan. Iyama Yuta is arguably the best player from Japan at the moment, currently holding five of the seven major Japanese titles. Park Junghwan is #2 in Korea, next to Lee Sedol 9p, and he defeated Yuki Satoshi 9p in the semifinal…

Weekly Go problems: Week 98

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Seeing an atari doesn’t mean you should stop reading! Intermediate Go problem: This is a special situation where white has played an inappropriate joseki. Hard Go problem: The shape that remains after stones are captured can be just as important as the stones themselves…

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…