Happy new year! Here’s to 2014

This is my dog Mac, he's 14, he likes Go and he approves this message.

This is my dog Mac, he’s 14, he likes Go and he approves this message.

Happy new year everyone!

Thanks for making 2013 another great year at Go Game Guru.

Wishing you all the best for 2014!

From David, Younggil and Jing.


P.S. If you’ve sent us any holiday messages or other emails, thank you, we’re catching up again with replies now after a short break.

P.P.S. It’s only a few weeks now until the jubango between Lee Sedol and Gu Li starts. We can’t wait!


About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast whoโ€™s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. Happy new year to GGG, and I hope 2014 is a prosperous and satisfying year for you.

  2. the same for you, David, Younggil and Jing. This site and you are the best.

  3. A happy, healthy and successful 2014 for you all! Looking forward to fantastic games in this year. And hopefully meaningful steps in getting people to like Go.

    Kind regards,

  4. There is something else I would wish for, on the long run. Nothing easy and a lot of work. I would like to see a worldwide ranking list and system for at least the 100 best players of the world, maybe the best 1000 best players. That would make the game of Go/Baduk/Weichi mature at a world level. That could be achieved by opening up the national tournaments in a clever way. In the end it would be like chess or tennis: who cares from which country the winner of the US-open (OPEN!!) comes? This all means, that the national associations have to jump over their own shadows, for the greater good of Go/Baduk/Weichi.

    Kind regards,

    • David Ormerod says:

      Dr Bai Taeil maintains a rating list somewhat like that for pros, but not on the scale you’re talking about. One of the challenges that comes to mind with a worldwide list is that you need to have enough connection between players (including between pros and amateurs). If everyone mostly just plays in their national tournaments and there aren’t many pro tournaments where amateurs play too, then would the data really be that meaningful?

  5. Happy New Year to GoGameGuru family!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. What’s Mac’s rank?

    • David Ormerod says:

      Mac’s about 29 kyu. He still likes to eat his own stones sometimes, so we have to work on that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Josรฉ Fidel says:

    I hope this year is full of blessings and achievements for all of you at GGG.

    Happy New Year!!!

  8. Awww, what a cutie. ๐Ÿ˜€ Looks like Mac plays loads too that board has seen some action, and single convex yunzi, interesting choice, probably digs the snap it makes when he places a stone.

    Hope you guys ALL have an awesome 2014!

  9. David Holland says:

    I love your site. BadukTV is so great.

  10. Excalibor says:

    Happy New Year, guys! Here’s to another great year with your help, commentaries, problems, etc. Cheers!

  11. I periodically check this site, and I like weekly go problem very much.
    I appreciate your fine problems every week.
    Happy new year to you all!

  12. Happy New Year to you, David, Younggil and Jing.

    Wish you and GGG all the best in 2014!

  13. Happy new year to you all too!! you are the best

  14. Happy New Year GGG! หšโ—กหš

  15. Happy New Year GoGaGu!
    Love your commented games and problems ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. mateoxx59 says:

    I expectedd to read:
    No pet was hurt, injured or ofended during the game ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy new year !

  17. Happy new year!

  18. Happy new year to GGG and all Go world !

  19. Michael Brownell says:

    Happy New Year! And thanks so much David, Jing, and Younggil got the wonderful work you do.

  20. For 2014, I wish for a fantastic Jubango between Gu Li and Lee Sedol. If this were to be fully covered at GGG, I’d be thrilled.

    As I’ve stated before, what is missing in the go world is an integrated system that helps people improve faster than in the Go world version 1.

    In SL we made some efforts like “basic instinct” or Minue’s Haengma tutorial. Gobase features game situation search. Software like Zen can give feedback through games.

    The drawback of SL is the weakness of community expertise. Pro games are too specific to draw basic patterns from. Zen does not focus on any subject.

    Building an integrated system may be enormous. But maybe GGG can recommend a fast track to become strong, including resources to learn from for each part of the track.

    Keep up the good work!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Dieter, we’re still working on that. Hopefully in 2014 we can make a little more progress in that direction.

  21. Happy New Year to GGG. Let’s start the year right.

  22. Go “Lee Saedol” and “Gu Li”. I can’t hardly wait. They are both my favorite :).

    And I hope to see some article here about the “1st PCK (Zhugang) Cup” :).

  23. David Ormerod says:

    Thanks everyone for your new year wishes and sorry for taking so long to reply. We’ve been flat our working on things and shipping order throughout December and January (which has been great!), and I’m just catching up with everything again now. ๐Ÿ™‚