Merry Christmas and happy new year from Go Game Guru – 2011

We’ve reached the end of another year and what a busy one it’s been!

Kuro the Go ninja wishes you a merry Christmas.

Younggil, Jing and I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

We’ll all be taking a bit of a break for what’s left of the year and spending time with our families, so we won’t be around to talk to you about Go or answer questions for a week or so.

However, we’ve prepared some articles and scheduled them to publish automatically, just in case you need a bit of a break from the festivities or start having Go withdrawal symptoms :).

And if you’re still looking for something else to do, try studying this whole board seki game, or this one. You’ll be sure learn a lot of interesting tesuji.

During the break, if you’re browsing the site and see someone asking a question which you can answer, please help us out and share your knowledge with your fellow Go players. It’s in the spirit of giving after all.

In addition, our Go shop will still be open and functioning normally. If you find yourself in a position to buy those new Go books you’ve been thinking about, you don’t need to wait until next year. Just expect delays of 1-2 days for postage around public holiday periods.

We’d like to thank you for visiting Go Game Guru and reading our articles throughout this year. Thanks especially to those of you who’ve encouraged us, supported our growing efforts to promote Go by buying Go books, helped maintain the pro Go calendar, shared your knowledge of Go, sent us helpful suggestions for improvement, told friends about us and everything else. You know who you are!

To round out the year we’ve added a collection of some of the more interesting or amusing Go photos we’ve come across throughout the year. Some readers may enjoy coming up with alternative captions to ours and feel free to leave your suggestions below.

We’ll be back in the new year to finish off some things that we couldn’t squeeze into this one and get started on some of our other plans.

Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends. And, especially if you’re traveling long distances or doing a lot of celebrating, take extra care to avoid self ataris.

Younggil, Jing, David, Kuro and Shiro


Go photos from 2011


1. Team Korea and Team China

Gu Li: "Look Lee, I won this Go book. It has you in it!"


2. Park Junghwan and Qiu Jun

(Unfortunately this was the final of the last ever Fujitsu Cup :()

Get Strong at Nigiri - by Qiu Jun 9 dan.


3. Park Junghwan and Lee Sedol

Lee Sedol: "Young Park, what did I just tell you? Never let the reporters surround you in a corner... The only move now is to pretend they don't exist."


4. Lee Sedol (and Gu Li)

'Lee felt today was going to be different. It was almost as if somebody was looking over him from above...'


5. Gu Li and Won Seongjin

Go is an ancient game of skill and artistry. Masters of the game spend hours in silent and peaceful contemplation.


6. Storm trooper plays Go

(We saw this one doing the rounds on Facebook, we don’t know the story behind it, but if you do, let us know)

"I sense a disturbance in the force."


7. Choi Cheolhan

Choi Cheolhan: "Hmm, where did I park the car again?"


8. Cho Hunhyun and Seo Bongsu

Cho Hunhyun: "Man I feel overdressed. I should've read the invitation more carefully."


9. Chang Hao, Gu Li and Kong Jie

Kong Jie: "What is this miraculous device?! It has Go in it!"

See you next year!

About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’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. Dear David, Younggul, Jing and the rest of the gogameguru family,

    It has been a pleasure discovering you in 2011. We wish you many merry years to come.


  2. You are the best. And this site is wonderful. Thanks for your time and effort.

  3. Merry Christmas, GGG!

  4. meikanhakon says:

    Merry Christmas to ‘ALL GO FANS’!

  5. Merry Christmas(belated) and a Happy New Year(advanced) Everyone… ^^

  6. Wish you all a happy, healthy and successful 2012: let’s have a lot of fun about go and its great commented games here!

    Kind regards,

  7. David Ormerod says:

    Thanks everyone :).

    Here’s to 2012!

  8. Happy new year David and everyone :)

  9. the sixth photo with storm trooper origins from Poznan (Poland) where a huge game event was held. the Go stand was present and enjoyed pretty much attention :)

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