Go Commentary: Lee Younggu vs Iyama Yuta – 18th LG Cup


This is a game between Lee Younggu and Iyama Yuta, from the round of 16 at the 18th LG Cup. Iyama Yuta 9p is the #1 player in Japan. He currently holds five of the seven major Japanese titles. Lee Younggu 9p is currently #14 in Korea. He won the 7th Price Information Cup in 2011 and it was his first title…

Weekly Go problems: Week 95


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You should try to consider all possible ways of making life. Intermediate Go problem: Go isn’t just about capturing stones. Hard Go problem: Capturing three stones always makes an eye. Pay close attention to the possible shapes on the board…

Chosei: Eternal life in the board game Go


A very rare eternal life (長生) position appeared recently in the 2013 Korean Baduk League. The game was played between Choi Cheolhan and Ahn Seongjun on June 29, 2013. When it appeared on the board, Kang Hun, who was the referee for the game, came and judged it to be a draw…

Weekly Go problems: Week 94


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can you reduce white’s liberties as quickly as possible? Intermediate Go problem: Do you know where the vital point is here? Hard Go problem: Black doesn’t have much space here, but you can still make a second eye if you plan carefully…

Weekly Go problems: Week 93


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black has two liberties, how many does white have? Intermediate Go problem: How can you reduce white’s eye space? Hard Go problem: White has a lot of space here, but she’s short of liberties. Resist the temptation to reflexively play obvious moves…

Go Seigen: The Go Master


June 12 is Go Seigen’s birthday. In 2013 he turns 99. Go Seigen is a legend in the Go world. In fact, he’s one of the first professional Go players many people learn about, along with Lee Changho. He’s also well known by the Chinese reading of his name, Wu Qingyuan (吴清源)…

Weekly Go problems: Week 92


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Always watch your liberties in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: White’s shape would usually be alive, but white’s a bit short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Black can reduce white’s shape to one eye, finishing with a diabolical tesuji.

Go Commentary: Xie Yimin vs Li He – 2nd Huading Cup


This game was played between Xie Yimin 6p and Li He 5p, in the final round of the 2nd Huading Cup. Xie Yimin 6p was the captain of Team Japan. She’s undisputedly the best female professional in Japan. Li He 5p was the captain of Team China. She won the Female Xinren Wang (Rookies’ Cup) three times…

Weekly Go problems: Week 91


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Taking a liberty directly isn’t the only way to win a capturing race. Intermediate Go problem: White looks well and truly alive, but there’s a fatal flaw in his shape. Hard Go problem: Black has a brilliant tesuji combination to reduce white’s liberties…

Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Lee Sedol – 18th GS Caltex Cup Final – Game 3


This is the third game of the 18th GS Caltex Cup final, between Kim Jiseok and Lee Sedol. It was played on April 22, 2013. Kim Jiseok won the first two games of the best of five final on April 16 and 17, so he only had to win this game to win the 18th GS Caltex Cup. Both Lee and Kim like fighting, but Kim is more of an infighter…