Solving problems is a great way to improve one’s go skills, and is usually one of the most recommended activities to players who want to become strong. Playing many games is of course also important, but solving problems teaches you to analyse positions systematically. Additionally, you can solve problems whenever and wherever, while playing always requires an opponent – or at least an ai.
Unfortunately, good problem collections are few and far between. By ‘good problem collections’ I mean collections that:
Fulfilling these criteria takes a lot of work, so most collections either are not free or unavoidably contain mistakes. Nevertheless, there do exist go problem websites that strive to include many interesting problems and with as few mistakes as possible; Black To Play, which I have linked on this website, is one of these.
Most of the problems I have solved on Black To Play have had correct solutions, but just the other day I happened to find one with an error. The correct solution includes a fascinating resistance by White, so I thought to introduce the problem here on ngd.
Black to play. Enjoy!
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