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Korea wins 14th Nongshim Cup


On March 1, 2013, the 14th Nongshim Cup concluded with Park Junghwan defeating Jiang Weijie and reclaiming the Cup for Korea. With this win, Korea continues its undisputed dominance in this team tournament – this is the Korean team’s 11th win in the history of the Nongshim Cup.

Weekly Go problems: Week 79


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It might be hard to see it, but black can play a devastating tesuji here. Intermediate Go problem: There’s still some life in black’s two corner stones… Hard Go problem: In real games, the kind of life you negotiate can be almost as important as whether you can find a way to live at all.

Trading blows at the 3rd Huang Longshi Cup


On February 20, 2013, the 3rd Huang Longshi Cup kicked off with China, Japan and Korea each showcasing a team of five of their strongest women. Kim Chaeyoung gave Korea a running start, quickly dispatching Japan’s Osawa Narumi and Ishii Akane, and China’s Song Ronghui and Chen Yiming…

How do we get more people to play Go?


As we all know, Go is a totally fascinating game. Playing (or even watching) a game and seeing how groups evolve, come to life or die, is a thrilling experience – well, it is if you already know the game. Not knowing Go and watching two players stare at a piece of wood covered in black and white marbles? Not so much…

Weekly Go problems: Week 78


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s important not to stop reading when you get to an atari or a capturing move. Intermediate Go problem: When you’re trying to setup a shortage of liberties, your move order is critically important. Hard Go problem: There are many times when the monkey jump proves to be a weak attacking move…

Shi Yue’s international breakthrough – 17th LG Cup champion


On February 20, 2013, Shi Yue ended the 17th LG Cup early, defeating Won Seongjin 9p in two straight games. Coming into this final, Shi’s game seemed to be dangerously strong against the Korean style.
His record in 2012 was 17-2 against Korean pros – ‌including a win against Lee Sedol in the 2nd round of this tournament…

Weekly Go problems: Week 77


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


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


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.