Sunday Problem #23

This week’s problem is from Maeda Nobuaki 9p’s three-part tsumego collection, titled simply (Maeda Tsumego-Shū), or Maeda’s Tsumego Collection. The three volumes together contain 585 relatively basic life-and-death problems that make for good reading practice for players of all levels.

A shortened version of the second volume can be bought on SmartGo Books under the title ‘Life …

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Sunday Problem #22

While on the topic of endgame problems, it would be remiss of me not to bring up Kanō Yoshinori 9p’s excellent (Yose-Jiten), or Endgame Dictionary.

When I was insei, this book single-handedly had the biggest influence on my endgame improvement. The book explains how to count values of moves (by swing counting), showcases many kinds of endgame …

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TelegraphGo wins 1st Pixel Go Tournament

The first-ever pixel go tournament just concluded, with TelegraphGo emerging as the winner and ‘roflmao’ as the runner-up! The two get ngd vouchers of €80 and €40, respectively, for their go studies. The record of the final game can be viewed below.

Thanks for all players for participating and for the lively discussion we had in the Twitch stream! We hope to hold another go variant tournament in the not-too-far future.

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Pixel Go 102

Following up from Pixel Go 101, here is a commented, relatively higher-level pixel go game that you can study as preparation for the Pixel go tournament.

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Pixel Go 101

Now that the pixel go tournament is approaching, it is time to cover some basic pixel go tactics. Me and Mikkgo and a few other Finnish players have ‘played’ pixel go for over 10 years – fairly rarely, to be sure, but this has still been enough time to come up with some standard patterns.

Let’s start with the basics. …

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Pixel Go Tournament Details

The first-ever Pixel Go Tournament will be held this Saturday (October 31), 12–15 o’clock Helsinki Time (eet, or gmt+2) on the Variant Go Server. Participation is free, and the top two places will receive €80 and €40 respectively as ngd vouchers which can be used for online league participation, offline reviews of games (€20 apiece), or …

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Sunday Problem #21

Since we got started on the topic of whole-board endgame problems with Sunday Problem #20, here is another one.

This problem is from another Japanese problem book with an untranslatable name: (Katsu-yose no zetsumyō na tejun) by Mitsunaga Junzō 6p. A rough English translation would be Exquisite game-winning move orders in the endgame – feel free …

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Lukas on Shin–Park Best-of-Seven Match Highlights

Streamed on Twitch on October 24, 2020.

2nd Corona Cup starts on November 2

We are happy to announce the 2nd Corona Cup, organised by ngd teacher Lukáš Podpěra, which will be held from November 2 to December 15. Now that many countries are again seeing an increase in COVID-19 infections, we feel that serious online tournaments such as the Corona Cup are important for the go community as a whole. This time, the …

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Nordic Tournament Report: 2020 Danish Championship

Report by Mathis Elmgaard Isaksen (yakago):

The story of this year’s Danish Championship started almost half a year ago. Per tradition the tournament is held every year in the long weekend of ‘All Prayers Day’ – a Danish holiday on the 4th Friday after Easter. But, as we all know, this year the COVID-19 put a stop to …

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