Weekly Go problems: Week 115

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 115.

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

Easy Go problem

Sometimes when a stone is in atari, it’s even less useful than if it weren’t on the board at all. Try to reduce White’s eyespace as much as you can.


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Intermediate Go problem

The opponent’s vital point is your own. How can you remove your own weaknesses while creating some in White’s shape?


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Hard Go problem

Normally Black’s corner group would be dead, but as we’ve seen many times, a stone is never truly dead until it’s been removed from the board.


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  1. Idk if it’s only me, but I can’t see problems in viewers 🙂

    • Thanks for problems.

      For the last one, I got to read lot of vars before considering the correct first one. Very interesting. As usual 🙂

      • David Ormerod says:

        Thanks Simeon,

        Are you still have trouble with the problem viewer? If so, have you tried clearing your browser cache?

        • Sorry my answer is very late, but I didn’t saw your reply.

          It was Ok few days after I told you when I come back on the article 🙂


  2. Great set of problems!

    In the hard problem, when B3 is played in the main line, I think C3 should also be considered correct, though perhaps less stylish.

  3. Sorry I meant “if C2 is played” not “B3”

  4. Once you find the first move in the hard problem, it’s pretty straightforward. But I must say that first I tried the descent at G2.

    • Younggil An says:

      You’re right. The first move is the key point.
      In the actual game, it’s very hard to find, but if one practices a lot, he’ll have more chance to find a good move. 🙂

  5. David Hogarty says:

    Any chance you all will comment on the Crazy Stone – Yoda Norimoto match from the Densei-sen? SGF available here: http://webdocs.cs.ualberta.ca/~mmueller/fuego/2014-UEC.html

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder for the intermediate problem, why not Q5 directly ? *a guy who always plays R5 in his games* ^^

    • Well, what does playing q5 get you that r5 does not? You miss a forcing move, and they still are connecting in gote, expect there aren’t cutting points. Giving up one point and cutting points for no gain seems like only loss.

  7. Seems a good question. My take is that if Q5 then R5 is excellent shape. There is a slight gain for black in the centre but a point lost on the side and more if black is first to play in the corner with R2-S2-S3 (an often overlooked tesuji in amateur games), which is worth another couple of points.

    In the centre, if Q5 then R5 -P7 – R7 looks fairly natural – if black continues at Q8 tewari shows black has lost out. Of course he has the choice to reinforce with O9 instead, but I doubt that would normally compensate for the points lost. But there might be positions I suppose… interesting detail.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for the nice explanation Hippo. Q5 is also possible, but as Hippo mentioned, R5 is better for the future endgame.