Weekly Go problems: Week 97

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 97.

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

Easy Go problem

You usually want to enlarge your eyespace as much as you safely can.


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Intermediate Go problem

Try to make a habit of identifying the vital points and getting to them quickly. Sometimes you’ll only get one chance.


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Hard Go problem

The move order’s a bit tricky, but if black keeps playing ‘the only move’, white will die.


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  1. Michael Brown says:

    The hard problem is really difficult to see o.o but still something to be proud of 😀

  2. Go is horribly difficult. First, to find the right, or a meaningful move is a problem: which ones to consider, and why? Then reading, seeing the right sequences adds another dimension to the first point. And finally, evaluating some kind of end position, or more end positions: which one is favourable, which is good enough? The combination of these points, greedy or slack? OK, difficult but a challenge, an adventure. I just discarded the second black move of the difficult problem as nonsence, so I got nowhere here. Nice problem!

    Kind regards,

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Paul, I think the way that Go always seems to be throwing up unexpectedly brilliant moves is one of the things that keeps people interested in it.

      The human brain craves novelty, and this is one aspect of Go that provides that.

  3. scrwbll19 says:

    Ironically enough, I found the intermediate and hard problems easier than the easy one. I was able to solve the intermediate one on the first try, which is normally not what happens for me. It took me several tries on the other two, but the process was really key for both.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Wow, you must be some kind of Go savant! 🙂

      For a reasonably strong amateur player, the easy and intermediate problems can more or less be solved reflexively, but the hard one should require some thought for most people.

  4. jangalf says:

    The hard one is beautiful to me. And the others are very useful I think. Thanks a lot.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks jangalf. It’s always nice to know that you and others appreciate the problems 🙂

  5. I agree with jangalf. The hard problem is beautiful. It took me a couple of tries to get it, but once I realized where the vital point was in White’s shape, the move order became clear. Wonderfully designed problem David 🙂

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks Joshua, I’m glad you were able to figure it out eventually. It’s always much more satisfying when you do 😉

  6. Strange things happen when you dismiss a move.

    • David Ormerod says:

      Haha, indeed. That’s the funny thing about tesuji and instinct. Usually knowing which moves to dismiss makes your reading more efficient – except when it doesn’t…

  7. Hi David, I must be on crack, but what if W plays d1 as her response for the hard problem? Not seki or life?

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Vlad, when you’re not really sure, that means you’ve had too much 😉

      Anyway, you’re fine. You figured it out without any help from us.

  8. Oops, I think I see. b b1 forces connection and then b e4.

  9. Nick Krempel says:

    It looks like it’s worth including the variations of the hard problem beginning B D3, W E1.

    • Younggil An says:

      Thanks for your suggestion. The key point is similar, but yours is also a good idea. 🙂