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Iyama Yuta wins 25th Asian TV Cup

Japan continued their recent strong form with Iyama Yuta winning the 25th Asian TV Cup on June 30, 2013. Over the two previous days, in Tokyo, Iyama defeated Lee Changho and Wang Xi to reach the final, where he came face to face with Korea’s wunderkind, Park Junghwan 9p…

Chosei: Eternal life in the board game Go

A very rare eternal life (長生) position appeared recently in the 2013 Korean Baduk League. The game was played between Choi Cheolhan and Ahn Seongjun on June 29, 2013. When it appeared on the board, Kang Hun, who was the referee for the game, came and judged it to be a draw…

Weekly Go problems: Week 94

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: How can you reduce white’s liberties as quickly as possible? Intermediate Go problem: Do you know where the vital point is here? Hard Go problem: Black doesn’t have much space here, but you can still make a second eye if you plan carefully…

Chen Yaoye wins 9th Chunlan Cup, finally achieves international success

The 9th Chunlan Cup finals were held in Jinan, China on June 17, 19 and 20, 2013. Much to China’s delight, Chen Yaoye 9p defeated Lee Sedol 9p 2-1, to win his first and much overdue major international title. It was smiles all round as Chen finally made his breakthrough on the world stage…

Weekly Go problems: Week 93

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black has two liberties, how many does white have? Intermediate Go problem: How can you reduce white’s eye space? Hard Go problem: White has a lot of space here, but she’s short of liberties. Resist the temptation to reflexively play obvious moves…

18th LG Cup: Japan fights on, Korea knocked out

After a brief day’s respite, the 16 remaining players in the 18th LG Cup returned to battle on June 12, 2013. For the first time in the history of the LG Cup, there are no Koreans in the quarter final line-up. Meanwhile, Japan continues their charge through the draw…

Go Seigen: The Go Master

June 12 is Go Seigen’s birthday. In 2013 he turns 99. Go Seigen is a legend in the Go world. In fact, he’s one of the first professional Go players many people learn about, along with Lee Changho. He’s also well known by the Chinese reading of his name, Wu Qingyuan (吴清源)…

Japan strikes back! The 18th LG Cup

The main tournament of the 18th LG Cup started on June 10. There were many sensational games, especially those of Japanese players. There were only four players from Japan in the main tournament, but three of them won their first round games…

Weekly Go problems: Week 92

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Always watch your liberties in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: White’s shape would usually be alive, but white’s a bit short of liberties. Hard Go problem: Black can reduce white’s shape to one eye, finishing with a diabolical tesuji.

Go Commentary: Xie Yimin vs Li He – 2nd Huading Cup

This game was played between Xie Yimin 6p and Li He 5p, in the final round of the 2nd Huading Cup. Xie Yimin 6p was the captain of Team Japan. She’s undisputedly the best female professional in Japan. Li He 5p was the captain of Team China. She won the Female Xinren Wang (Rookies’ Cup) three times…