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China Korea friendship matches – January 2012

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Chinese and Korean professional Go players have started the new year on a lighter note. From January 5 to 7, 2012, a group of Korean professionals took on Chinese professionals in nine rounds of friendly matches. The aim of the three days was for players to exchange ideas and play each other without the added pressure of competition.

Top 20 Go Players: Kang Dongyun and Heo Youngho

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Let’s start wrapping up our series about the Top 20 Go players. The next two players are Kang Dongyun and Heo Youngho. Kang Dongyun became a pro when he was 13 years old. He was regarded as a prodigy along with Kim Jiseok. Heo Youngho became a pro when he was 15 years old, but for first few years his performance wasn’t very impressive. He was not regarded as a prodigy, but he studies Go very hard when he’s alone.

Learn Go The Easy Way: How to use the edge of the board to capture

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So you’ve been playing Capture Go for awhile now, or at least, I hope you have? Today I’m going to show you how to use the edge of the Go board to trap stones, so that they have no way to escape capture. These techniques are fundamental to Go, and learning them should dramatically improve your skill at capturing stones.

Weekly Go problems: Week 19

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Here are the weekly Go problems for week 19. Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun! Easy Go problem Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file.   Intermediate Go problem Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF […]

Go Commentary: Yamashita Keigo vs Lee Sedol – 1st World Mind Games

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This game is from the final round of the 1st Sports Accord World Mind Games. It’s between Yamashita Keigo and Lee Sedol. Lee Sedol is currently ranked number one in Korea, and Yamashita currently holds the Honinbo and Meijin titles in Japan. After round 4, Korea and Japan were tied at 3-1 each. China swept all rounds, so this Japan vs Korea match was the decider for the silver medal.

Professionals play Pair Go at the 12th Ricoh Cup

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On December 28, 2011, the 7th Liguang Pair Go tournament started in China as part of the 12th Liguang Cup. The Liguang Cup is also referred to as the Ricoh Cup because Ricoh is the tournament sponsor. The tournament features a main draw, a ‘new talent’ draw and on the lighter side, a Pair Go tournament. Never one to shy away from joining in the fun, the legendary Nie Weiping (9p) also took part…

Learn Go The Easy Way: How you can start playing Go right now

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So you want to learn to play Go? That’s great! I have to tell you that Go is a fascinating game and I’m excited that you’ll be learning with us. Welcome to Learn Go The Easy Way! The game Go is easy to learn, because the rules are very simple. If Go is explained clearly, then anyone should be able to learn how to play Go.

Weekly Go problems: Week 18

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Here are the weekly Go problems for week 18. Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun! Easy Go problem Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file.   Intermediate Go problem Download the solutions to the intermediate problem as an SGF or PDF […]

Go Commentary: Cho Hanseung vs Choi Cheolhan – 55th Kuksu

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This is the 5th and deciding game from the 55th Kuksu title match in Korea. Cho Hanseung (9p) won the first and third games, and Choi Cheolhan (9p) won second and forth. Choi won the Kuksu title three times, in 2004, 2005 and 2010. His opponent in each of the finals was Lee Changho. On the other hand, this is Cho’s second time in the Kuksu Final. Let’s see the game…

Merry Christmas and happy new year from Go Game Guru – 2011

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We’ve reached the end of another year and what a busy one it’s been! Younggil, Jing and I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We’ll all be taking a bit of a break for what’s left of the year and spending time with our families, so we won’t be around to talk to you about Go or answer questions for a week or so. Have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.