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Just 8 players left in the 9th Chunlan Cup


On March 30, 2012, the quarter finalists for the 9th Chunlan Cup were decided. The Chunlan Cup is an invitational Go tournament for 24 top players from around the world. Play started on March 28 in Taizhou, Jiangsu province, China. After two days of play, 16 of the 24 contenders had been eliminated…

Weekly Go problems: Week 31


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: What’s the key point in the corner? Intermediate Go problem: The first move may look simple, but I’d guess that being able to spot it consistently is worth about one stone. Hard Go problem: Don’t give up at the first hurdle, or you’ll never solve it.

Go Commentary: Jiang Weijie vs Lee Changho – 16th LG Cup


This is the first game of the 16th LG Cup final, between Jiang Weijie (5p) and Lee Changho (9p). Lee Changho used to be number 1 in the world for a very long time – more than 10 years. Jiang Weijie is a rising star in China. He won the Mingren (Chinese Meijin) title, defeating Gu Li and Kong Jie in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Weekly Go problems: Week 30


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Remember last week’s problem? Don’t fall for white’s trick in the corner. Intermediate Go problem: Form follows function. What’s the vital point? Hard Go problem: It looks impossible, but Monkey Magic would fight his way out…

China on a roll in 4th BC Card Cup


The 4th BC Card Cup has now reached the round of 32. This year’s tournament has been full of upsets with favorites falling left and right in the early rounds. Here’s how things stand as of March 20, 2012…

Zen computer Go program beats Takemiya Masaki with just 4 stones!


As part of the ‘6th E&C Symposium’ in Japan, Japanese pro, Takemiya Masaki (9p) played two games against the computer Go program Zen. Much anticipated by both Go players and AI experts, it was an opportunity for Zen to flex its muscles against a world class professional, though many still expected Takemiya to win.

Baduk TV is coming to Go Game Guru!

The Baduk TV logo.

I’m very excited to finally be able to tell you that Baduk TV is coming to Go Game Guru! Baduk TV is a television channel in Korea, completely dedicated to broadcasting programs about the game Go. Up until now, there’s never been an official, legal and reliable way for Go players in other parts of the world to access Baduk TV. But that’s about to change…

Weekly Go problems: Week 29


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to watch your liberties when playing near the corner. Intermediate Go problem: Similar to last week’s problem, but the roles are now reversed. Note that the ladder favors black. Hard Go problem: You need an eye and you can’t afford to give white any leeway here.

Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Xie He – 13th Nongshim Cup


This is the 12th game of the 13th Nongshim Cup, between Kim Jiseok (7p) of Korea and Xie He (7p) of China. The Nongshim Cup is a win and continue tournament between China, Japan and Korea. Kim Jiseok has won four games in a row at this point. Xie He is China’s final player in this event. He has to win three games in a row now.

Weekly Go problems: Week 28


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It looks like white’s two stones have enough liberties, until you find the tesuji. Intermediate Go problem: Maybe you’ve faced a situation like this in your own games? Hard Go problem: Based on the same pattern as the previous problem, this one may be harder than it looks.