3rd Corona Cup starts on March 8

The 3rd Corona cup, organised by ngd teacher Lukáš Podpěra, will be held from March 8 to April 20. This time, the tournament is part of the 2020 European Grand Prix as a bonus point c class tournament.

As usual, two of our other teachers, me and Jeff, will work in the tournament anti-cheating department to ensure fair play. …

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Sunday Problem #39

Last week we had an extremely difficult problem, so I picked an easier one for this time. This problem is so classic that it is hard to say where it is originally from; my guess would be one of the classic tsumego collections.

Black to play.

Oscar on Winning Won Games

Streamed on Twitch on February 27, 2021.

Sunday Problem #38

This is an original problem by me, inspired by a shape that occurred in an ngd league game. This is one of the few cases I’ve seen where a real-game position leads to a difficult and interesting life-and-death problem.

This problem included a small competition, where the first person to post the correct answer would get one month of Kifu …

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Second ‘Go Jam’ on Saturday, February 20, 1pm EET

Today at 1pm Helsinki time, Jeff, Antti, and Mikkgo will host the second ‘Go Jam’ on Mikkgo’s Twitch channel.

While the content of the stream is of course go-related, it is more geared towards the philosophical and psychological side of playing the game rather than particular patterns. As usual, everybody is welcome to follow and participate!

Sunday Problem #37

This is a classic problem from Gokyō Shumyō. There are in fact two solutions, but they lead to the same final shape.

Black to play.

Solution (1)
Black can start with 1 or 5 – in either case, White responds with 2. Instead of 3, too, Black can first throw in at 5 without changing the outcome.
After 3, …

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Oscar on Resigning and Winning Lost Games

Streamed on Twitch on February 13, 2021.

Sunday Problem #36

Continuing with famous classic problems, this is problem 15 from Chō’s tsumego encyclopedia, advanced section.

Black to play.

Black’s 1–3 combination is the only order of moves that works. The main challenge in this problem is finding black 3, which becomes a kind of blind spot due to its bad shape.