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Jiang Weijie wins 16th LG Cup


On February 15, 2012 Jiang Weijie of China (who will now certainly be promoted from his former rank of 5p) defeated Lee Changho (9p) of Korea in the final of the 16th LG Cup. The final started on February 13 and Lee appeared to have a good game until Jiang ended things suddenly by killing a large white group in the center…

Wang Chenxing on a 6 game streak in the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup


The first half of the 2nd Huang Longshi Cup concluded on February 2nd, 2012. Let’s see how the teams stand. Huang Longshi is a female team tournament between China, Japan and Korea. It uses a win and continue format and is named after an ancient Chinese Go genius from the 17th century called Huang Longshi…

Weekly Go problems: Week 24


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Do you know the shape that makes an eye here? If you don’t, remember this one… Intermediate Go problem: In capturing races like this, you have to be meticulous. Don’t give white any leeway. Hard Go problem: Making an eye isn’t that hard, you just need to figure out how to do it in sente.

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Weekly Go problems: Week 23


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need two stones to make a second eye, think about which one to place first. Intermediate Go Problem: Does this look familiar? You can settle things with one precise blow. Hard Go problem: Black’s marked stones seem to threaten white. Finding a way to balance offense with defense is the key to attacking.

Choi Jung makes her breakthrough in the 13th Female Myeongin


On January 26, 2012, Choi Jung (1p) defeated Kim Miri (2p) to claim the 13th Women’s Myeongin (the Korean equivalent of the Japanese Meijin). At only 15 years of age, Choi also became the youngest female title holder in Korea. Choi’s rise as a professional Go player has been remarkable. She turned pro in mid 2010 and only 18 months later, claimed her first major female title…

Top 20 Go Players: Park Junghwan and Choi Cheolhan


This is the second last article in our series about the top 20 Go players of 2010. Park Junghwan (9p) was ranked number 3 and Choi Cheolhan (9p) was ranked number 4, according to Dr Bai Taeil in early 2011. Park Junghwan was born in 1993, and became a pro in 2006. Choi Cheolhan was born in 1985, and became a pro when he was only 12 years old. He was the 4th youngest player to do so in Korea at the time.

Weekly Go problems: Week 22


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: We solved a similar problem last week, so… Intermediate Go problem: White appears to be connected, until you find the vital point. Hard Go problem: There are only a few moves to try here, but pay attention to the move order.

Happy lunar new year – 2012

Happy lunar new year!

You might have noticed there’s been a lack of Go news recently? There’s a good reason behind this hiatus as Korean and Chinese pros take a well deserved break to welcome in the Year of the Dragon, which begins on January 23, 2012! I’d like to wish you all a happy lunar new year!

Weekly Go problems: Week 21


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: A ko would be a failure here… Intermediate Go problem: It’s a capturing race with four liberties each. You should be able to win if you play first, but how do you stop white from getting more liberties? Hard Go problem: Maybe you think this is the same as the last problem? Perhaps so, but be careful…