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Go Commentary: Zen vs Franz-Josef Dickhut – 2nd Codecentric Go Challenge, Game 1

The 2nd Codecentric Go Challenge began on October 3, 2015, with the computer Go program Zen challenging 11 time German Go champion Franz-Josef Dickhut in the first game of a best of five match…

2015 Samsung Cup – Round of 16 and quarter final wrap up

The round of 16 and the quarter finals of the 2015 Samsung Cup took place on October 6 and 8, 2015, in Gyeonggi, Korea. It was a showdown between China and Korea, with Japanese, Taiwanese and American players eliminated in the group stage…

Iyama wins 40th Meijin, three years in a row

Iyama Yuta 9p defended his Meijin title on October 6, 2015, defeating Takao Shinji 9p with a straight 4-0 score in the 40th Meijin title match. Game 4 of the final was played on October 5 and 6 in Mie Prefecture, Japan, and Iyama Yuta won by resignation after 227 moves…

Weekly Go problems: Week 140

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: One of the Golden Rules of Go is “take care of yourself when attacking.” Intermediate Go problem: There are two basic tactics in capturing races; reduce liberties or increase them. Hard Go problem: The aji in Black’s lone cutting stone is surprisingly strong!

Weekly Go problems: Week 139

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: When you’re trying to reduce a group’s liberties, it’s usually better not to allow it to extend in a straight line. Intermediate Go problem: Separating White’s groups is surprisingly tricky. Hard Go problem: It looks like White has miai to kill Black…

No Learn Go Week in 2015

Last year, in cooperation with the international Go community, we started a new event called Learn Go Week. Unfortunately, I’m writing today to let you know that we won’t be able to coordinate Learn Go Week in 2015…

Go Commentary: Zhou Ruiyang vs Park Junghwan – 2nd MLily Cup

This game is from the 2nd MLily Cup, round of 16. It was played by Zhou Ruiyang 9p and Park Junghwan 9p on August 30, 2015, in Guangzhou, China…

Weekly Go problems: Week 138

Here are the weekly Go problems. Easy Go problem: You need to choose between expanding your eyespace and defending a vital point. Intermediate Go problem: Once you find the mutual vital point, you’ll have a response for every continuation. Hard Go problem: Careful reading and a grasp for the fundamentals should reveal the key points…

Yu Zhiying’s 2015 Samsung Cup breakthrough

Yu Zhiying stunned everyone this week, by defeating heavyweights Mok Jinseok and Choi Cheolhan, in her breakthrough performance at the 2015 Samsung Cup. Yu’s impressive play earned her a spot in the upcoming round of 16, as the only woman remaining at this stage of the tournament…

Go Commentary: Tang Weixing vs Lee Sedol – 2nd MLily Cup

This game is from the quarter finals of the 2nd MLily Cup. It was played by Tang Weixing 9p and Lee Sedol 9p on September 1, 2015, in Guangzhou, China. Lee lost the 2013 Samsung Cup to Tang Weixing, so this was his opportunity for reprisal. This was only their 3rd game together…