NGD online league review thread

This post is intended for gathering reviews of our online league service from our students.

As a teacher and webmaster of Nordic Go Dojo, I’m not qualified to comment on our service myself – but I can certainly praise our go community! There are often lively go discussions going on on our Discord server and in our game review comment threads, and I’m grateful for how willing our stronger students are to help less experienced players. Several of our participants have even gone so far as to help improve our website by reporting bugs and writing code for the KataGo score graph tool.

Student reviews are added to this post as they are written.

NGD online league reminder (July I)

The first July pairing will be made this Saturday, on July 4. If you want to join the online league starting from this round, please register as soon as possible!

We currently have 32 registered participants from 15k to 4d, up by eight participants from two weeks ago. We can set you up with interesting and challenging training games no matter your playing level!

What is a professional go player?

Every now and then, when I’m logged in on the Online Go Server, I get asked about what my ‘1p’ rank means, or why my account name is displayed in green. The usual colours are black, orange, and purple for normal account, supporter account, and administrator, respectively. Green is left for professional players – of whom, it turns out, there …

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Sunday Problem #4

This problem was created by Lee Eodeokdung 1p. He showed to me at the European Go Congress 2017, and it quickly became one of my favourite tsumego.

Black to play.

June Lecture II – Oscar v. Matias

Streamed on Twitch on June 27, 2020.

Winrate graphs in AI-analysed games; and sample NGD game review

Courtesy of Mikho, posts on this website now show rudimentary winrate graphs for ai-analysed games. This feature is still work in progress; there is a plan to also include KataGo scoreMeans in the graphs, as well as interaction between the graph and the sgf reader. Still, even now in this intermediate form, the graph should be a welcome addition in giving a better idea on what were the key moments and mistakes of analysed games!

You can view the graph in action in a sample review from our online league, shown below.

Edit July 2, 2020: the graph is now updated to show KataGo scoreMeans, and also shows a red bar at the current move number.

See full post to read kifu annotations!

NGD online lecture reminder (June II)

Tomorrow, on June 27 at 1 pm Helsinki time, we will hold the second June lecture on Twitch.

This time we have a special treat: Oscar 6d and Matias 5d, two of our teachers, will play an exhibition game while Jeff and Mikko comment. This is sure to be an entertaining event, so don’t miss it!

As usual, the video of the lecture will be posted on this website afterwards, in case you cannot attend it live.

On the value of sente

Sente, or initiative

Sente is a Japanese go term that roughly translates to ‘initiative’. A ‘sente move’ is a move that your opponent has to respond to, so you can then switch elsewhere on the board if you want to. ‘Having sente’ means that it is your move turn and there is nothing urgent on the board; in other words, …

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Sunday Problem #3

This is a famous tesuji problem.

If you can see the correct move at first glance, you have done your homework well! On the other hand, if you don’t, this can be a difficult nut to crack.

Black to play.

Initially, a and b look like miai: Black can either save her four stones with a and let White …

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NGD online league reminder (June II)

The second June pairing will be made this Saturday, on June 20. If you want to join the online league starting from this round, please register as soon as possible!

We currently have 24 registered participants from 12k to 4d (see the list here), with more incoming, so we can set you up interesting and challenging training games no matter your playing strength!


All times are in Helsinki time (eet with summer time).

New pairing for the online league made every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

Public lectures on Twitch every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 1 pm.

Jeff and Mikko stream on Twitch on Fridays at 6 pm.