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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…

Weekly Go problems: Week 58

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Taking the time to defend firmly lets you fight more effectively later. Intermediate Go problem: Sometimes sacrificing some stones is the best way to make shape. Hard Go problem: White’s stones are short of liberties, but black needs to work hard here.

Weekly Go problems: Week 57

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re playing a capturing race, you need to hit the vital points to avoid kos. Intermediate Go problem: Feint to the east, attack the west. Hard Go problem: If you tried last week’s problems, you should know the first two moves now, but the real tesuji is from week 55.

Prodigies prevail at the 7th Ing Cup

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On September 23, 25 and 26, 2012, the semifinals of the 7th Ing Cup were played in Dujiangyan, China. September 23 saw the all Korea semifinal between Lee Changho and Park Junghwan get started in epic style. Lee and Park struggled against one another for over nine hours. Eventually though, Park’s dragon prevailed over Lee’s in the marathon match…

Weekly Go problems: Week 56

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Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Often you have to sacrifice something to gain more. Intermediate Go problem: These two black stones have just been jumped by four thugs in a back alley. Look for flexible moves that aim to settle things quickly. Hard Go problem: This is from a pro pair Go game…

How to watch Baduk TV in English

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Baduk TV is a television station that broadcasts programs exclusively about Go. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Until very recently Baduk TV was never easily accessible to people outside of Korea… Starting now though, you can watch Baduk TV with English subtitles at Go Game Guru.

China sweeps 2012 World Meijin and Tengen matches

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Over the last few days, China’s made a clean sweep at the 3rd China Japan Korea World Meijin and the 16th China Korea Tengen. Starting on September 10, 2012, Chen Yaoye repeated last year’s 2-0 win over Choi Cheolhan in the Tengen, while Jiang Weijie took home the 3rd World Meijin title.

Weekly Go problems: Week 55

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Here are the weekly Go problems: Easy Go problem: Where’s the vital point? Intermediate Go problem: Being able to read ladders clearly is fundamentally important. Hard Go problem: You can sometimes find a vital point where two lines of play intersect.

Go Commentary: Xie Erhao vs Li Kang – 1st Bailing Cup

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This game is from the quarter finals of the 1st Bailing Cup. It’s between Li Kang and Xie Erhao. Xie Erhao was born in 1998, and became a pro in 2011. This is Xie’s first international tournament, but he already beat Yamashita Keigo from Japan and Kim Hyunchan from Korea before this game.