Weekly Go problems: Week 111

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 111.

Black plays first in all problems and all solutions are labeled ‘correct’. Have fun!

Easy Go problem

For your first move, you need to find a point that creates miai.


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Intermediate Go problem

This position could appear in your games, the key to resistance is to first understand what your opponent wants.


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Hard Go problem

Black’s shape looks dreadfully thin, but there’s still a tesuji for making life.


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Discuss other possible moves

If you have any questions or want to discuss any of these problems, please leave a comment below at any time. You can use the coordinates on the problem images to discuss a move or sequence of moves.

You can also download the solutions as a PDF or SGF file by clicking the links below each problem.

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  1. Nice problems, thanks to you. I like specially the intermediate one.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks jangalf. I remember for a while I thought white’s move (which creates the problem) was the best move for white.

  2. When I saw the answer to the hard problem my mind was blown. That was awesome!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, the first time you see this shape it’s amazing. As you can see from the comments below, the novelty wears off 🙂

  3. I found all problems this week, probably because i know that “obi wants ikken tobi”

    • David Ormerod says:

      Haha, I just saw the page on Sensei’s Library that you’re talking about. It’s definitely a pattern that’s worth noting and it comes up fairly often in life and death situations.

  4. The 2nd problem is harder than the third. I found the 3rd one in an instant when I read “tesuji”.

  5. Nice problems as always 🙂 Thanks!
    The 2nd problem was harder than the 3d for me .

  6. I agree with the other commenters: the hard one is easier than the medium one – or at least more straightforward. Both are great problems, though. Thanks for your work!

  7. David Ormerod says:

    I guess if you already know the tesuji, then the hard problem might be easier because you only have to find the first move 🙂

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.