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4th BC Card Cup: Down to the final four

On April 16 and 17, 2012, the quarter finals of the 4th BC Card Cup were played at TV studios in Seoul, Korea. When we last checked on this tournament’s progress China was dominating the draw, claiming 13 spots in the round of 16. Now only four players remain…

Go Commentary: Lee Sedol vs Qiu Jun – 9th Chunlan Cup

This game is from the second round of the 9th Chunlan Cup. It’s between Lee Sedol (9p) and Qiu Jun (9p). In this game there was a huge life and death battle and an enormous group was killed. It’s really rare to see such a huge group get chased and captured in top pros’ games, so I hope you enjoy watching it. Let’s have a look at the game…

Weekly Go problems: Week 33

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: Black’s short of liberties, but so is white, so it’s a fair fight. Intermediate Go problem: It looks like white A and B are miai. Time for some black magic… Hard Go problem: There are quite a few moves that look like tesuji. Take your time and choose the best move.

China wins 2nd Huang Longshi Cup

The 2nd Huang Longshi Cup ended on April 9th, 2012, with Team China convincingly defending the title. When we last looked at this competition, Team Japan still had Mannami Nao (2p) and Xie Yimin (6p) in play, while only Park Jieun (9p) remained for Team Korea. This was all because of Wang Chenxing’s amazing six game winning streak…

13 year old Yang Dingxin wins 12th Ricoh Cup

The 12th Ricoh Cup ended on April 7th, 2012 with teenager Yang Dingxin (3p) defeating Piao Wenyao (9p) to take the title. Yang, who is only 13 years old, has caused quite a stir by becoming the youngest domestic title holder in China. This puts Yang in the league of other famous young title holders like Lee Changho (9p).

Weekly Go problems: Week 32

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: It’s tempting to try to live with as much as possible, but sometimes retreat is the better… Intermediate Go problem: An application of last week’s problem. Is that enough of a clue? Hard Go problem: “Go is move order” – Rin Kaiho (9p)

Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan – 13th Maxim Cup

This is the second game of the 13th Maxim Cup final. It’s between Choi Cheolhan (9p) and Park Junghwan (9p). The Maxim Cup is a 9 dan only invitational tournament in Korea. Let’s have a look at the game…

Free Go lesson competition: Game review attached

Earlier this year, I announced a competition to win a free, 90 minute Go lesson with me. To enter, you just had to help us tell more people about Go. I’d like to thank everyone who took part and introduced Go to new players! Here’s a copy of the teaching game, with comments, for you to review.

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.