The showdown of the decade starts this weekend: Gu Li vs Lee Sedol

In less than 48 hours, the most anticipated match of the decade gets underway.

Lee Sedol and Gu Li will play the first game of the ‘MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango‘, in Beijing, China. A 10 game match to determine the stronger player of the two.

Gu Li vs Lee Sedol – Promotional video

When does it start?

Game 1 of 10 will begin at:

  • 9:00 am on Sunday, January 26, 2014 – Beijing time (+8 hours)

Which is:

  • 1:00 am on Sunday, January 26 – GMT (UTC)
  • 8:00 pm on Saturday, January 25 – US EST (-5 hours)
  • 12:00pm on Sunday, January 26 – Australian EST (+11 hours).

Where can I see it?

Live analysis and commentary of the game will begin on Baduk TV Live at 1:00pm Korea time (3 hours after the game starts – the opening will still be underway and they’ll go over it in detail).

Day passes are available here for about the price of a cup of coffee.

The game will also be relayed on most major Go servers.

How can I check the results?

As the match progresses, throughout this year, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest news, game records and commentary. Bookmark this page for future reference, or click here to subscribe to our newsletter and get weekly updates.

The full match schedule is here (it’s also in the Pro Go Calendar) and you can read more about the event here.

Two of the most exciting players

Gu Li and Lee Sedol are two of the most exciting players of this generation, and they play their best Go when they play together.

That’s why so many people have been looking forward to such a match and have been working towards making it happen for several years.

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Lee Sedol 9 dan (left) and Gu Li 9 dan: Two of the most exciting players of this generation.

This match will give the players more time to think than most tournaments these days (4 hours + 5 x min byo-yomi each), so we’re hopeful that Lee and Gu will be able to create their masterpiece together.

Feel free to discuss the game here

Because these games will be slower than most games these days, there will also be more time to discuss them.

Please feel free to use the comments on this page to discuss the game with other players if you want to.

We’ll post another article like this, for comments and as a reminder, before each game starts.

Let’s enjoy this spectacular event together!

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Updated Broadcast Times for Saturday’s Lee Sedol – Gu Li Game

The highly anticipated first game of the 10-game series (jubango) with $860,00 in prize money between Lee Sedol and Gu Li will be held in China on Sunday, Jan. 26 (Lee Sedol-Gu Li Jubango to be Broadcast Live on KGS 1/20 EJ).  Thanks to the international date line, this game will start on Saturday evening, Jan. 25 in the U.S.  The game will be broadcast by KGS starting at 8:30 pm EST, and 5:30 pm PST.  The commentary by Myungwan Kim and others will start at 10 pm EST and 7 pm PST.

The Seattle Go Center will be showing the game with a digital projector and host Andrew Jackson is planning on staying up late, since the game could run 8 hours.  Saturday Manager Dennis Wheeler added “we’re going to make it a big midnight party”.  Photo: KGS broadcast of Takemiya simultaneous games from the Seattle Go Center (Aug. 2013).  Photo/Report by Brian Allen

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Weekly Go problems: Week 113

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 113.

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

Easy Go problem

It’s easy to trap stones near the edge of the board, but you need to watch your own liberties too.

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Download the solutions to the easy problem as an SGF or PDF file.

 

Intermediate Go problem

Capturing races play a role in life and death problems too.

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Hard Go problem

Once upon a time, I showed this problem to a 7d who was sharing accommodation with me at a Go tournament. He lay awake all night, confounded by it.

The next morning, he burst out of the door jubilantly (still half dressed) announcing “I’ve fixed the problem.” Indeed he had, but he didn’t play as well as usual in the tournament that day…

You can solve this problem too, if you avoid jumping to conclusions.

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Still want more Go problems?

You can find Go books packed full of life and death problems, tesuji problems and other valuable Go knowledge at the Go Game Shop.

Discuss other possible moves

If you have any questions or want to discuss any of these problems, please leave a comment below at any time. You can use the coordinates on the problem images to discuss a move or sequence of moves.

You can also download the solutions as a PDF or SGF file by clicking the links below each problem.

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Europe’s “Top 8″ to Battle Online in Champions League

Eight of Europe’s top players will battle it out online starting this Thursday in the 1st WBaduk European Top 8 Champions League. Organized by the European Go Federation and WBaduk, the 7-round round robin tournament has a 3,000-euro prize pool, with 1,000 euros to the winner. The players are Hui Fan 2P (France), Ilya Shikshin 7D (Russia), Catalin Taranu 5P (Romania), Alexander Dinerchtein 3P (Russia), Antti Tormanen 7D (Finland), Pavol Lisy 6D (Slovakia), Artem Kachanovski 7D (Ukraine) and Csaba Mero 6D (Hungary). Rounds will be played on the Wbaduk server every Thursday and Monday at 19:30 (1:30p EST) Central European Time from January 23 through February 13.

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Ari Saito 2014 San Diego Champ

Ari Saito 7D (right front) topped a field of more than 30 go players gathered on the UC San Diego campus January 18 “on a beautiful 70+ degree southern California day” to contend for the 2014 San Diego Go Championship, reports San Diego Go Club President Ted Terpstra. “The ultimate game pitted Saito against Yixian Zhou 6D (left front),” said Terpstra. Saito’s win win gave him a 3-0 record, the $100 first prize and the title. Jenna Jansen 3k not only won the kyu championship with a 3-0 record but took the dual title of San Diego Women’s Champion. In the title game, she edged long-time AGA stalwart Les Lanphear by 3.5 points. David SU, 26-kyu won the youth prize for his 3-0 finish. The third annual tournament was a combined effort of the UCSD Go Club and the San Diego Go Club. photo by Ted Terpstra

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Go Commentary: Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan – 18th Chunwon

This is the 2nd game of the 18th Chunwon (Korean Tengen) final, which was played on January 14, 2014 at the K-Baduk Studio in Seoul, Korea.

Park Junghwan

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Park Junghwan 9 dan at the 18th Chunwon title match.

Park won the 1st game of the final, and was aiming to make his come back as Chunwon title holder by winning this game.

Park Junghwan’s currently ranked #1 in Korea, and he’s on a 13 game winning streak at the moment. He won the 14th Chunwon in 2009, defeating Kim Jiseok 9p in the final, and this year Park defeated Kim Jiseok once again, in the semifinal.

Choi Cheolhan

On the other hand, Choi Cheolhan’s currently ranked #4 in Korea and he’s already won the Chunwon four times. Last year, he was defeated by Park Younghun 9p in the final, but he defeated him in the semifinal this year.

Their head to head record before this game was 9-4 in Park’s favor, so Choi needs to find Park’s weaknesses on the board.

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Choi Cheolhan 9 dan.

The time limit in the Chunwon is 1 hour and 3 x 40 seconds byo-yomi each.

Let’s have a look at the game!

Commented game record

Choi Cheolhan vs Park Junghwan

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18th Chunwon photos

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In Memoriam: David Relson

David Relson, a “mainstay of the AGA” from the mid-1970′s to the mid-’80′s, died on September 21, 2013 at 65. An active cyclist, “he was almost home after riding 73 miles on a beautiful fall day when he collapsed,” reported his family in their annual letter. “Dave was a key member of the group which took the hand-off of a recreated AGA from a small group in New York (John Stephenson, Matthias Thim, and Masao Takabe) and moved it to the next level with broader national support,” former AGA president Terry Benson tells the E-Journal. “His enthusiasm was infectious. He was smart and sharp and reliable and an early computer person with both skills and personality.  A great guy.” Relson was president of the Ann Arbor Go Club when in January 1977 Ann Arbor was the first club to insist on AGA membership by all its members. He served in a succession of leadership roles at the AGA for a dozen years beginning in 1976, serving as Membership Secretary, AGA rating coordinator, and on the Executive Committee, as well as assisting in running Easterns, the AGA’s major tournament at the time. “Dave was also the second AGAer to go to the European Go Congress (1977 in the Netherlands), report back, and encourage others to go and for us to have a Congress,” Benson adds. “He was a generous and thoughtful teacher,” remembers Dewey Cornell, who met Relson in 1978, when Relson ran the Ann Arbor club which met at the University of Michigan. “He started out each meeting by distributing a printout with our latest ratings. For a new player, that was a nice incentive.”
– includes reporting — and photo — from the American Go Journal, Vol. 15 #4 (July-August-Sept 1980), page 37

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Cuban Delegation Invited to US Go Congress

A delegation of Cuban go players has been invited to attend this year’s U.S. Go Congress for the first time and AGA board member Robert Gilman is coordinating fundraising efforts to support the visit. “The Cubans have greeted our invitation with ‘immense joy’,” Gilman — who organized the 2013 visit by US players to Cuba (Traveling Board: U.S.-Cuba Friendship Match “A Rare Opportunity”) — reports, “but the key question is money. Cuba is a poor country, the Cuban internal currency is worthless in the U.S. and the AGA does not have the budget to sponsor the delegation, so we’re asking the go community to step up. Cubans have made strong efforts to develop go there, but isolation from the international go community and limited internet have handicapped them. This visit will help them develop and extend bonds with our neighbors to the South.” The invitees are  Cuba’s top two players and the president of the Academia Cubana de Go. The video here describes this effort.

Contributions can be made through either the AGA or the American Go Foundation (AGF); contributions to the AGF are tax deductible. In either case, put “CC2014” in the memo field, and mail the check to Gilman at  P.O. Box 40020 in Albuquerque, NM 87196-0020. Checks will be acknowledged as they are received but not cashed until its clear the project is a go. If you are contributing, please complete the form here.

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Austin, Columbus, Lancaster

January 25: Austin, TX
Austin “Dead of Winter” Go Tournament
Bart Jacob bart.jacob@gmail.com 512-659-1324

January 26: Columbus, OH
Chinese New Year Tournament
Tim Kington timkington@gmail.com 614-560-1708
Dajiang He dajiangh@gmail.com

January 26: Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Frostbite Go Tournament
Sam Zimmerman szimmerman@ctipc.com 717-892-1249
Jason Long jason@long.name 717-315-9097

Get the latest go events information.

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Pandanet AGA City League Season 2 Begins on January 25th

The second season of the Pandanet AGA City League is set to begin shortly. “We have 18 teams of players ranging from professionals to 12-kyu players,” reports TD Steve Colburn. The first round will start on January 25 at 3p EST on Pandanet.

The A League teams include Boston (Ke Lu, Huiren Yang, Jie Liang, Yunzhe Zhang and Chun Sun), Greater Washington (I-Han Lui, Eric Lui, Jie Li, Yuian Zhou and Daniel Chou), Toronto (Colin Zheng, Xiaofei Deng, Tiger Gong, Sarah Yu and Hank Xie), Vancouver 1 (Cathy Li, Tianyu Lin, Juyong Koh, Leo Tian and Michael Ma), and Seattle 1 (Michael Cho, Dong Baek Kim, Edward Kim, Ho Son and Sung-Chui Cho).

B League teams include Washington DC 1 (Edward Zhang, Lin Lu, Liang Yu and Yangan Li), Chicaho (Laura Scott, Bill Chen, Albert Yen and Kevin Zhou), Raleigh (Owen Chen, Liqun Liu, Changlong Wu, Feng Ye and Bradley Jones), Washington DC 2 (Zhenging Gu, Justin teng, Kevin Wang, Zhixiong Shi and Zhenying Gu), San Francisco 1 (Steven Burrall, Matthew Burrall, Aaron Ye, Jeremy Chiu and Hugh Zhang) and New York City (William Lockhart, Stephanie Yin, Zhaonian Chen and Yingzhi Qian).

The C League teams include West Tennessee/Memphis (Daniel Miller, Wangqian Li, Liang Zhao, Xue Li and Yixian Chen), Seattle 2 (Oren Laskin, Bert Hallonquist, Andrew Jackson, Nick Sibicky and Steve Stringfellow), Katy TX 1 (Pete Henninger, Shijiang Lu, Jurn Kwan, Ji Lian and Yuanbiao Li), Katy TX 2 (Pete Henninger, Yue Wu, Bao Doan, Katherine Zhang and Chris Clark), Vancouver 2 (Cathy Li, Jack Yang, Qi Zheng, David Lu and Harrison Dow), Lincoln (Joshua Edmonds, Grant Brownyard, Chris Rodgers and Mitchell Allen), Brentwood/Nashville (Anthony Long, Anna Liu, Shawn Ray, Seth Cardew & Michael Miceli) and Syracuse (Richard Moseson, Xinde Ji, Chang Kim, Jared Beck and Richard Sollish).

The captains of each teams are listed first. Leagues A and B will have five rounds and League C will have seven. Click here for the 2014 schedule.
photo of the 2013 Pandanet-AGA City League finals by Steve Colburn 

 

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