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Weekly Go problems: Week 73


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There’s a vital point in black’s shape that should jump out to you here. Intermediate Go problem: Focus on what you can practically expect from each stone. Hard Go problem: There’s a blindingly obvious tactic here, but…

Prodigies upset top pros in exhibition Go games


Exhibition matches between some of Korea’s top professional Go players and some of its rising stars were held in Seoul from January 11-13, 2013. Representing the top pros, were Lee Changho, Lee Sedol and Choi Cheolhan. On the other hand, the young players were Shin Minjoon, Shin Jinseo and Byun Sangil…

Weekly Go problems: Week 72


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Both black and white are short of liberties. Look for a move that takes advantage of this. Intermediate Go problem: Playing moves that create miai is the essence of practical play. Hard Go problem: This problem isn’t that hard, as long as you get to the vital point first.

Classic Go Games: Xu Xingyou vs Huang Longshi – The Games of Blood and Tears

Xu Xingyou vs Huang Longshi - The Games of Blood and Tears.

This is a game from ancient China, between Huang Longshi and Xu Xingyou. It was played in the 17th century during the Qing dynasty. Huang Longshi is a famous Chinese Go master from those times and I’ve heard that Go Seigen said he was on par with Dosaku. They didn’t have dan ranks in China at that time, but Huang had the title ‘Guoshou’…

Classic Go Games: Nominate your favorite games for analysis


From time to time people email us at Go Game Guru and say they’d be interested in seeing Younggil comment some classic Go games, from a modern perspective. So we decided it would be fun to ask you to recommend your favorite games for analysis. Let’s get started…

Weekly Go problems: Week 71


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Crouching down can be an effective move when it prepares you defend against multiple attacks. Intermediate Go problem: Ideally, you’d like to defend by attacking, where you can. Hard Go problem: It won’t take long to see where black can make an eye, but you can expect white to be uncooperative…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – 17th Samsung Cup Final – Game 2

Gu Li 9 dan, slated to play a jubango with Lee Sedol.

This is the second game of three in the final of the 2012 (17th) Samsung Cup, played by Lee Sedol and Gu Li. After the first game, many fans anticipated that Lee would win 2-0, because they expected that Gu Li would be distressed and this game was played on the following day. Let’s have a look at the game…

Lee Sedol wins 40th Myeongin


On December 26, 2012, Lee Sedol defeated Baek Hongseok 3-2 to become the 40th Myeongin title holder (the Myeongin is the Korean Meijin title). This is 41st title of Lee’s career so far. Lee unexpectedly lost the first two games in the title match series on December 17 and 18…

Weekly Go problems: Week 70


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: There are direct and indirect ways of capturing stones. Intermediate Go problem: No matter how plain or boring a move looks, if it’s the most effective way to develop, you should play it. Hard Go problem: Even in very common shapes you’ll find devilish twists when you look deeply.

Weekly Go problems: Week 69


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re fighting a capturing race in the corner, you need to guard your liberties carefully. Intermediate Go problem: Sometimes it helps if you can think of a similar shape that’s dead, and then try to force white into that shape. Hard Go problem: If you can understand what white wants, it becomes easier to come up with a practical way to resist.