Weekly Go problems: Week 96

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 96.

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

Easy Go problem

How can you reduce white’s liberties as quickly as possible?


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Intermediate Go problem

It sounds mercenary, but it doesn’t matter if stones die. What matters is that you get as much use out of them as possible, before they’re captured.


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Hard Go problem

The vital point isn’t particularly elusive. The hard part is dealing with white’s resistance.


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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.

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About David Ormerod

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  1. Thanks for the Problems David. The hard one is very interesting for me. I had to think a lot of time to solved it.

  2. José Fidel says:

    as always, great problems; they really got me thinking.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks José,

      By the way, I’ll post your e-books for people soon! I haven’t forgotten, but things have been very busy 🙂

  3. In the hard problem, the final move may also be at A3. Probably anyone getting this far will understand why it is sub-optimal and neither is it very intuitive but I still wanted to mention it.