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How you can help to make Go a household name: The Surrounding Game

It’s the line that every Go player hates to hear, “You’re playing Othello, right?” For a game with such rich cultural legacy, Go suffers from a serious lack of cultural awareness in Western countries. What would it take for Go to capture the public imagination?

Favorites fall left, right and center at the 17th LG Cup

In a surprising turn of events at the 17th LG Cup , several favorites, including Lee Changho, Lee Sedol, Gu Li, Park Junghwan and the defending champion, Jiang Weijie, fell in the round of 16. June 20, 2012 saw both Jiang Weijie and Lee Changho lose their matches, to Na Hyun and Li Kang respectively…

Weekly Go problems: Week 43

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It looks a lesson on making two eyes, but it’s a bit harder than it looks. Intermediate Go problem: White A was a mistake and now black has a fantastic opportunity. Hard Go problem: If a move is absolutely sente, and you don’t want to trade, then you should imagine it’s already on the board.

17th LG Cup back on the road

On June 18, 2012, the main draw of the 17th LG Cup began in Korea. The LG Cup is a major international Go tournament. This year’s first round draw produced some exciting games, such as the battle between two favorites, China’s Kong Jie and Korea’s Lee Sedol…

30 of the world’s best Go players 2011-2012

Recently Dr Bai Taeil announced an updated World Go Ranking for the top 30 Go players in the world. As you’ll see, Chinese players have improved their standing relative to the 2010 World Go Ranking. As a result, even though numbers 1 and 2 are Lee Sedol and Park Junghwan, numbers 3 to 10 are all Chinese players.

Weekly Go problems: Week 42

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It looks difficult to make two eyes, but do you really need to? Intermediate Go problem: White A looks like a strong move, except that black can capture some cutting stones… Hard Go problem: Don’t stop reading just because some stones are captured. Read things to their conclusion, then play.

Go Commentary: Liu Xing vs Cho Chikun – 7th Ing Cup

This game is from the round of 16 in the 7th Ing Cup. It’s between Cho Chikun 9p and Liu Xing 7p. Cho Chikun is one of the most well known Go players in the world. He’s very famous for his indomitable spirit. On the other hand, Liu Xing is currently ranked number 16 in China. His style of play is lively and free, so it’s unpredictable.

Weekly Go problems: Week 41

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: I think nets are fun. Can you see how to capture white’s cutting stone at A? Intermediate Go problem: If you just focus on the difference between important stones and expendable stones, you might realize it’s better to sacrifice sometimes. Hard Go problem: Everyone likes to capture cutting stones! Right?

An interview with Baek Hongseok

Recently Baek Hongseok won the 4th BC Card Cup, and many of you followed the news or watched the games on Baduk TV. I also commented some of his games with Dang Yifei from the final earlier. Baek talked to me on the phone about the BC Card Cup and some other things. Here’s what he had to say…

Go Game Guru going offline at Toy and Game Expo – Sydney Australia

No, the website’s not going offline, but we are, at Toy and Game Expo in Sydney. Younggil and David will be there on Sunday 10 and Monday 11 June, 2012, teaching Go to beginners and giving free lessons to whoever stops by…