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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.

Weekly Go problems: Week 73

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There’s a vital point in black’s shape that should jump out to you here. Intermediate Go problem: Focus on what you can practically expect from each stone. Hard Go problem: There’s a blindingly obvious tactic here, but…

Prodigies upset top pros in exhibition Go games

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Exhibition matches between some of Korea’s top professional Go players and some of its rising stars were held in Seoul from January 11-13, 2013. Representing the top pros, were Lee Changho, Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan. On the other hand, the young players were Shin Minjoon, Shin Jinseo and Byun Sangil…

Weekly Go problems: Week 72

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Both black and white are short of liberties. Look for a move that takes advantage of this. Intermediate Go problem: Playing moves that create miai is the essence of practical play. Hard Go problem: This problem isn’t that hard, as long as you get to the vital point first.

Classic Go Games: Xu Xingyou vs Huang Longshi – The Games of Blood and Tears

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This is a game from ancient China, between Huang Longshi and Xu Xingyou. It was played in the 17th century during the Qing dynasty. Huang Longshi is a famous Chinese Go master from those times and I’ve heard that Go Seigen said he was on par with Dosaku. They didn’t have dan ranks in China at that time, but Huang had the title ‘Guoshou’…

Classic Go Games: Nominate your favorite games for analysis

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From time to time people email us at Go Game Guru and say they’d be interested in seeing Younggil comment some classic Go games, from a modern perspective. So we decided it would be fun to ask you to recommend your favorite games for analysis. Let’s get started…

Weekly Go problems: Week 71

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Crouching down can be an effective move when it prepares you defend against multiple attacks. Intermediate Go problem: Ideally, you’d like to defend by attacking, where you can. Hard Go problem: It won’t take long to see where black can make an eye, but you can expect white to be uncooperative…