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Weekly Go problems: Week 77

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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!

Classic Go Games: Yasui Chitetsu vs Honinbo Dosaku – Castle Game

Castle Game: Yasui Chitetsu vs Honinbo Dosaku.

This is a castle game between Honinbo Dosaku and Yasui Chitetsu from early Edo period Japan (17th century). Dosaku was acknowledged as having been stronger than practically all of his contemporaries, and was later referred to as a Kisei (Go Saint) along with Honinbo Shusaku.

Lee Sedol’s imminent retirement and move overseas

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Recently, Lee Sedol said something which has shocked the Baduk community in Korea. “I’ll definitely retire and move overseas within three years.” Lee recently revealed his plans in an interview with a Baduk reporter from a Korean newspaper. This is a translation of excerpts from that interview…

Weekly Go problems: Week 76

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to count liberties here and compare two options. Intermediate Go problem: Once you’ve cut, you need to develop your cutting stones in the center… Hard Go problem: This is more or less a pure reading problem.

Weekly Go problems: Week 75

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Making two eyes is basically about separating your eyespace into two distinct pieces. Intermediate Go problem: This looks like a textbook style tesuji problem… Hard Go problem:
The ABCs of capturing races are ‘Always Be Counting’…

A year of Go in photos 2012-13

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Throughout the year, we see a lot of Go photos. And sometimes, when we see something funny, clever or interesting, we save a copy to share with you! Here are some of our favorite photos from the last year or so. We hope you’ll enjoy them…

Go Commentary: Shin Jinseo vs Lee Changho – Prodigies vs Top Pros

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In early January 2013 some exhibition matches between three of Korea’s top players and the three young talented players were held. This is the first game between Lee Changho 9p and Shin Jinseo 1p. Lee Changho is currently ranked #13 in Korea, but many fans still recall the time when he was invincible…

Weekly Go problems: Week 74

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: If you can create a situation where your liberties can’t be reduced in one move, that can be as good as having one extra liberty. Intermediate Go problem: How can you gain tempo and play on both sides? Hard Go problem: This problem is all about liberties…

Zhou Ruiyang wins 1st Bailing Cup with 3 hit combo

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The first few weeks of 2013 saw the end of the 1st Bailing Cup, as Zhou Ruiyang defeated Chen Yaoye 3-0 to win the final – and his first international title – on January 19. When we last checked in on the Bailing Cup, you could have been forgiven for thinking that it was just another domestic Chinese tournament…

Go Commentary: Hans Pietsch vs Yoda Norimoto – 1st LG Cup

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This is a game from 1997 between Hans Pietsch and Yoda Norimoto, from the 1st LG Cup. Hans Pietsch was a German Go player who became a professional at the Nihon Kiin in 1997. That year, while still a 1 dan professional, Hans defeated Yoda Norimoto in the 1st LG Cup in Korea.