Weekly Go problems: Week 17

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 17.

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. As always, the easy and the intermediate are very easy to me but I can’t solve the hard one. Thanks David.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Keep trying Jangalf. Sometimes barriers are mental. You should tell yourself that next time you’ll solve the hard problem ;).

  2. Easy: width 3 – depth 2.
    Intermediate: 1-1 (known shape)
    Hard: didn’t really doubt about the first move; then width 4, depth 4

    After finding the solution, to verify other first moves, I admit I used the trial and error approach.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Does trial and error mean systematic reading or click and see what happens? ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. As usual, I can see almost enough to get the hard one, but not quite ๐Ÿ™‚ These are really great problems, David.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Tim. Keep it up and you’ll start getting the hard problems soon enough. Then you can start telling me they’re too easy too ;).

  4. As usual, I can figure both the easy and intermediate ones without trying, but w’s second move still surprised me a little. I was pretty sure on the first move in the hard one but had to try several variations after that. In some sense, practices from the past several weeks do help in this one.

  5. Damiรกn says:

    I’d like the first and the thirds ones. The second one is a known shape. But, I practice a lot, but the hard problems still dificult to me.

    I can’t see the solution in an actual game.

    Thanks a lot.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, the second one is reflex for me too, but some people don’t solve that many life and death problems and it’s important for people to know these basic shapes… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. LucNoSensei says:

    The hard problem is really cool… took me a while to see “the move” once I was convinced it was the right path.

  7. The third one is cute, as always. It took me a while, but the second last move is nice. It is always interesting to see why the other order of moves doesn’t work.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Yes, the second last move is ‘bad’ shape, so I imagine it’s not the first move most people consider.

  8. Hey, I finally was able to solve the intermediate problem! For a beginner, I’m happy.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Well done Tim! It will be really useful to store this shape away in your mind somewhere, because it’s a practical pattern that comes up often in real games.

  9. Hard : f2 e2 g2 h2 f1 e1 f3

  10. Don’t understand whether I made the correct move on the easy problem. I haven’t seen “correct” so I assume I haven’t found the right answer, but I succeeded in killing the white group, so it’s obviously correct… but I am pretty bad at Go. All I see is “end of variation..” this makes it difficult to know whether the correct move was made on the intermediate and hard problems.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Let us know which move you’re thinking of Michael and we can talk about it. You can use the coordinates on the problems.