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Gangnam Style hopes reignited as Won Punch sizes up against a tiger: 17th LG Cup

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On November 7, 2012, the 17th LG Cup semifinals concluded with Won Seongjin (9p) and Shi Yue (5p) proceeding to the final. One question on everyone’s mind is, does Won’s promise to dance Gangnam style if he wins (in the Samsung Cup) also apply to the LG Cup?

Li He wins her first international title: 3rd Bingsheng Cup

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On October 30, 2012, 16 female pros and amateurs gathered at Qionglong Mountain in Suzhou, China to take part in the 3rd Bingsheng Cup. On November 3, 2012, Li He of China won the championship, after 4 rounds of play…

Weekly Go problems: Week 62

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you strike the vital point first, you reduce the resilience of your opponent’s group. Intermediate Go problem: With two more stones, black has two eyes. Hard Go problem: Black’s two stones at the bottom can help to save black’s lower right groups.

Go Commentary: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Quadruple ko – 17th Samsung Cup

Lee Sedol 9 dan (foreground) and Gu Li 9 dan (far right).

This game is from the round of 32 (group stage) of the 17th Samsung Cup. It’s between Lee Sedol and Gu Li. This is the 29th game between Lee and Gu, and so far, their record is the tied at 14-14. Their games are always exciting and interesting to watch…

Weekly Go problems: Week 61

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s a fundamental principle of capturing races that you should fill outside liberties first. Intermediate Go problem: White’s lower right group looks safe enough, but black can reduce it to one eye. Hard Go problem: Black would like to play on the left and the right…

Lee Hobum stops Tan Xiao’s repeat run: 14th Nongshim Cup

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On October 16-19, 2012, the first four games of the 14th Nongshim Cup took place in Busan, Korea. First up for China was Tan Xiao, who won four consecutive games at the previous Nongshim Cup. It looked like Tan was well on his way to repeating his previous run. Next up was Korea’s Lee Hobum…

Weekly Go problems: Week 60

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When there’s no way to gain liberties, look for a way to reduce your opponent’s. Intermediate Go problem: A strong position lets you play moves that would normally be unreasonable. Hard Go problem: When living, you want to make your eyespace as large as possible…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Jiang Weijie – 1st Bailing Cup

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This game was played in the 2nd round of the 1st Bailing Cup, between Lee Sedol and Jiang Weijie. This is their first game together. Lee Sedol is currently ranked number two in Korea, and Jiang Weijie is ranked number four in China.

Weekly Go problems: Week 59

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black’s position is weak on both sides, which means offense is the only defense. Intermediate Go problem: Black has three outside liberties, so look for a way to reduce white to two. Hard Go problem: You need to reduce white to two liberties again. Your finishing moves are important, so don’t celebrate too early.

Experience trumps youth at 17th Samsung Cup

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On October 9 and 10, 2012, the knockout stages of the 17th Samsung Cup took place in Taejon, Korea. Perhaps due to the format of the Samsung Cup, this year’s semifinalists are more experienced overall than those we’ve seen in the lineup for other recent international tournaments…