Weekly Go problems: Week 16

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 16.

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

Easy Go problem


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Intermediate Go problem


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Hard Go problem


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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. [comment deleted by admin]

    • It is not appropriate to make such comments. If the problems here are “boring”, as the host suggested, you have the choice of finding more “interesting” problems elsewhere. I think most of us are doing this to have fun and learn from each other…

      • David Ormerod says:

        Thanks A.L.

        I’ve removed the numerous comments from this ‘Pro’ person, because he was pretending to be a whole lot of different people and basically just having a conversation with himself about how awesome he is.

        Given that he aspires to be a pro Go player and has traveled all the way to Korea to study Go, I’d expect him to use his time more wisely…

        If he wants to waste his time, that’s his choice, but I’d ask that he doesn’t continue to waste mine as well.

  2. Considering this website is meant to help new players get into the game, I think the problem difficulty is just right. They certainly challenged me!

  3. Nice problems. Strangely enough I found the second one harder than the third one. I just see these problems as fun: if I want very difficult problems I look into one of my classic problem books (which I hardly ever do). Keep on going with the good effort!

    • David Ormerod says:

      Paul, I wondered how people would go with the second problem when I posted it. It’s basically a tesuji problem, so it depends on whether you’ve seen this sort of pattern before. If you know the tesuji you can solve it at a glance, but if you don’t I can imagine that it would be quite hard :).

  4. Thanks for the problems. The intermediate problem was tougher than usual this time. The hard problem was easier (although it was still pretty hard).

    • David Ormerod says:

      Nicolás, if the intermediate problem seemed tough then hopefully you’ve learned something new from it :). As I said to Paul, it’s a really tesuji problem. Now that you’ve seen the idea, you might get a chance to use it in a capturing race in a real game sometime.

  5. Thank you for the weekly problems. I’ve just recently started and so far have been really enjoying the problems as well as a few of the articles. I think an article explaining terms like tesuji, shape, seki, etc. would really help (at least me).

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for the idea Leasy. We’ve got some articles like that on the drawing board, now I just need to find time to write them ;).

  6. I found the easy problem harder than before, almost intermediate level (not that I struggled with it, but usually they’re 1 deep, 1 wide for me, basically seeing the vital spot. This one required 5 to 7 moves of depth, unless one has internalized this sequence, which I haven’t;

    The intermediate one was not so hard for me because it is a plain capturing race. The task is to find a way to get more liberties before filling the opponent’s and that was not so hard. I didn’t think of it as a tesuji.

    The hard one is really hard. Reminds me of the hard problem of a couple of weeks ago.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Dieter, have you seen that shape in the second problem before? Yes, the third problem uses the same idea as a problem from a few weeks ago, but this one is probably slightly easier for most people.

      • No I did not, but as said, the problem statement is very clear and even if the first move is not obvious there are not many candidates. Then, if you want that first move to be forcing, such that an approach move is generated, it is not so hard (at least it wasn’t for me).

        Now the hard problem really defies me. The ko is found easily but even with endless trial and error I do not get it. I must have a blind spot for this one.

  7. I like this problems, good level to me although I almost never find the answer at once to the hard one. Thanks for your time David.

  8. Thanks for taking the time to share with us new to the game. The problems are really good and I think they are helping me to improve in the game.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Fidel, I’m glad to hear you’re improving :). Solving problems regularly should help most people improve more quickly.

  9. bad day for me, I cant even read the intermediate…