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Weekly Go problems: Week 83

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black’s position looks miserable, but you can turn things around with a beautiful tesuji. Intermediate Go problem: Don’t just try to cut white’s stones, try to capture them. Hard Go problem: Finding the first move is the only hard part this week…

Crazy Stone computer Go program defeats Ishida Yoshio 9 dan with 4 stones

Crazy Stone, a computer Go program by Rémi Coulom, defeated Ishida Yoshio 9p with a four stone handicap, as part of the inaugural Denseisen at the 6th Computer Go UEC Cup in Japan (March 20, 2013). It was an ironic showdown between the computer and ‘The Computer’…

Congratulations Younggil and Jisun!

Congratulations Younggil and Jisun! Married on Saturday March 23, 2013.

Weekly Go problems: Week 82

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It might look like black’s under attack and white’s flexible, but there’s a crucial defect in white’s shape. Intermediate Go problem: When there are two places where you’d like to defend at once, you can sometimes prepare a makeshift defense in sente…

Weekly Go problems: Week 81

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black can paralyze white with a single blow to the vital point. Intermediate Go problem: To defend against a double threat you need a double defense. Hard Go problem: If you can find black’s beautiful tesuji, you can avoid the fiendish variations…

Go Commentary: Won Seongjin vs Shi Yue – 17th LG Cup Final

This is the second game of the 17th LG Cup final, between Won Seongjin and Shi Yue. Shi Yue won the first game, so he only had to win this game to win the LG Cup. Won likes solid, thick games and he’s good at attacking. Shi likes territorial games, but his game is well balanced at the same time…

Weekly Go problems: Week 80

This famous problem has appeared in various incarnations, in classic Go problem collections like the Xuanxuan Qijing. It’s one of my all time favorite problems, along with the ‘Monkey Magic’ problem from week 30. It looks like two separate problems, but it’s actually just one…

Fan Tingyu’s record breaking 7th Ing Cup victory

Fan Tingyu defeated Park Junghwan to win the 7th Ing Cup on March 6, 2013. After the semifinals took place in September 2012, the stage was set for a showdown between these two precocious teenagers. The Ing Cup is the Go world’s most prestigious event and it’s only held once every four years…

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.