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Computer game tycoon to keynote first US International Go Symposium


The father of the computer gaming revolution, Nolan Bushnell, will be the keynote speaker at a symposium for the world’s oldest continuously played game of skill, Go. The first US International Go Symposium, on August 4-5, 2012, will bring together Go scholars from around the world.

Go Commentary: Kim Jiseok vs Gu Li – 13th Nongshim Cup


This is the 11th game of the 13th Nongshim Cup, between Kim Jiseok 7p of Korea and Gu Li 9p of China. The Nongshim Cup is a win and continue tournament between China, Korea and Japan. When this game was played, it was the final round of this team event and Kim Jiseok had already […]

Weekly Go problems: Week 27


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It looks like black’s in trouble, but you can take advantage of white’s shortage of liberties. Intermediate Go problem: There’s still some life left in this position. Strange things happen… Hard Go problem: There are many ways to make an eye along the bottom edge. Choose carefully.

Computer Go demystified: An interview with Martin Müller


A lot of Go players are interested in computer Go and, especially after the recent Man vs Machine match between John Tromp and Zen19, many people have questions about it. I’m certainly no expert on computer Go, but I talked to someone who is: Martin Müller from the University of Alberta in Canada. Here’s what Martin had to say…

China wins 13th Nongshim Cup


On February 24, 2012, Team China took the 13th Nongshim Cup, after Xie He 7p defeated Lee Changho 9p in the final game. The Nongshim Cup is a team event between China, Japan and Korea. The sponsor, Nongshim, is a Korean instant noodles company. Korea won the 12th Nongshim Cup last year. In fact, Korea has […]

Weekly Go problems: Week 26


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Making life in Go is fundamentally about dividing your eyespace into two separate areas. Sometimes you can do this better by retreating a little. Intermediate Go problem: This is basically a shape problem. Make shape and you’ll make life. Hard Go problem: Black’s shape is full of holes. Give and you shall receive.

An interview with Choi Jung


Recently I interviewed Choi Jung, an up and coming player who just won the 13th Female Myeongin title in Korea. I also commented the final game between Choi Jung and Kim Miri earlier. Here’s what Choi had to say: An Younggil: Hello Jung, do you remember me? I saw you studying at Yu Changhyeok’s dojo before […]

Zhou Hexi to challenge Chen Yaoye in the 26th Tianyuan


On February 18, 2012, Zhou Hexi (4p) defeated Tan Xiao (5p) to become the challenger for the 26th Tianyuan title (the Chinese equivalent of Tengen). Zhou, was also the challenger for the Tianyuan title in 2011 and will once again take on Chen Yaoye (9p) for a second shot at the title. Can Zhou go one better than last year?

Go Commentary: Kim Miri vs Choi Jung – 13th Female Myeongin


This is the second game of the 13th Female Myeongin final, between Kim Miri (2p) and Choi Jung (1p). Kim Miri is 20 years old and she became a pro in 2008. In 2011, she joined the 9th Jeongganjang Cup as a member of the Korean team. Choi Jung became a pro in 2010. She was in the final of the 5th Female Kisung (Kisei) last year, but was defeated by Rui Naiwei (9p).

Weekly Go problems: Week 25


Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Capturing a stone isn’t always the best approach. Intermediate Go problem: When you have the advantage it’s important not to get greedy… Hard Go problem: This is not a situation to shoot first and ask questions later. In fact, just the opposite.