Myungwan Kim to Comment Gu-Lee Jubango Game 3 on KGS

Myungwan Kim 9P will do live audio commentary on this weekend’s Lee Sedol – Gu Li Jubango on KGS.

His commentary, with James Kim 1d, will start at 8p PST (11p EST). As previously reported (Gu Li & Lee Sedol Face Off in Jubango Game 3 This Weekend 3/27 EJ), Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p will also be commenting the game on Baduk TV Live.

“This third game will be very important for Gu Li,” Kim tells the E-Journal. “If he loses it will be very difficult for him to catch up. “With Lee leading 2-0, Gu should have a lot pressure on this game and needs to overcome it. I hope Gu Li can win and make the series more exciting.” Kim notes that the two are playing a game at Chunlan Cup on Friday, March 28, which may affect the jubango game.

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Gu Li & Lee Sedol Face Off in Jubango Game 3 This Weekend

Gu Li will be looking to begin erasing his 2-game deficit Game 3 of the Lee Sedol – Gu Li Jubango this weekend. Gu beat Lee in Round 2 of the just-concluded Zhaoshang Cup on March 21 (Korea wins 4th Zhaoshang Cup by a whisker GGG 3/24/2014), and is playing him again in Round 2 of the Chunlan Cup but Lee leads 2-0 in the jubango. Live coverage with commentary of the match will start on Baduk TV three hours after the first move is played. The commentators will replay and analyze the game from the beginning and Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p will translate and discuss the game in English with Baduk TV Live viewers. The coverage starts at 1:00 pm Korea time on Sunday, March 30 (Midnight Sunday morning EST). You can watch the game on Baduk TV for as little as $2.70 with a Baduk TV Day Pass.
Go Game Guru; photo: Gu draws Lee in the Chunlan Cup

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Don’t miss Lee Sedol vs Gu Li this weekend – Plus, weekly Go wrap up

One more quick update before we send out the weekly newsletter.

Don’t forget that game 3 of the Lee Sedol – Gu Li Jubango is on this weekend.

Join us for live coverage of the game

Live coverage with commentary of the match will start on Baduk TV three hours after the first move is played.

The commentators will replay and analyze the game from the beginning and Go Game Guru’s An Younggil 8p will translate and discuss the game with Baduk TV Live viewers (in English).

The coverage starts at 1:00 pm Korea time on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Which is:

  • 4:00 am, Sunday morning, UCT
  • Midnight, Sunday morning, US Eastern Daylight Time
  • 9:00 pm, Saturday night, US Pacific Daylight Time
  • 5:00 am, Sunday morning, British Summer Time
  • 6:00 am, Sunday morning, Central European Summer Time, and
  • 3:00 pm, Sunday afternoon, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

You can join us for the game for as little as $2.70 with a Baduk TV Day Pass.

If you plan to watch the game from the very start, remember to subtract three hours from the times given above. Baduk TV starts the coverage three hours later because the games go for so long.

A busy week for Gu Li and Lee Sedol

A lot’s been happening this week and Lee Sedol 9p and Gu Li 9p will have played three new games together (in one week) by the end of Sunday.

Here’s a quick wrap up of recent news, with more detailed reports to follow…

The 4th Zhaoshang Cup

Korea just barely won the 4th Zhaoshang Cup on Sunday, March 23, as Younggil reported here.

One thing that was interesting about this tournament was that Lee Sedol and Gu Li were paired together in round 2. Gu Li won the game.

Park Junghwan 9p also ended his losing streak against Shi Yue 9p to win the tournament for Korea.

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Gu Li 9 dan and Lee Sedol 9 dan play at the 4th Zhaoshang Cup.

The 10th Chunlan Cup

The 10th Chunlan Cup is also underway in China.

Round 1 took place on March 26, and the seeded players will join the tournament for round 2 tomorrow (Friday, March 28).

Once again, Lee and Gu have been paired to play together, which will be their second game this week. Perhaps the universe is having a joke at their expense?

The Chunlan Cup has also been interesting so far because Japan’s Iyama Yuta 9p, Kono Rin 9p and Murakawa Daisuke 7p have all progressed through the first round. They defeated Wang Yuanjun 7p (Taiwan), Fan Tingyu 9p (Ing Cup title holder) and Lian Xiao 7p respectively.

We’ll post a more detailed report on the Chunlan Cup after round 2 concludes tomorrow.

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Gu Li draws his seed for round 2 of the 10th Chunlan Cup… and realizes he’s going to play Lee Sedol again.

MLily Gu vs Lee Jubango

As I said above, the third game of Lee and Gu’s jubango will take place this weekend, on Sunday March 30.

This will be their third game together in a week, and also the most important one for both players.

Lee Sedol currently leads the series 2-0, so the pressure will be on Gu Li to catch up. Hopefully his recent win in the Zhaoshang Cup will buoy his spirits.

All in all, a great week for fans of Gu Li and Lee Sedol!

We’ll be back over the weekend with more news and a commentary to follow later, of course.

In other news…

Big savings on international shipping

Based on your requests, we’ve just added a lot of new shipping options to the Go Game Guru Store.

These new shipping methods offer very big savings on international shipping for Go equipment.

Click here to see how we saved one customer $93 on a Go board


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How we just saved a customer $93 on international shipping for this Go board

If you live somewhere other than the US or Western Europe, you know how expensive international shipping can be, right?

Especially when you want to buy something as heavy, big and unusual as a Go board. It’s just hard to find them locally in most places.

And we all know the postal services keep increasing prices every year, so saving money is a challenge.

Go players want to save on shipping

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Save money on international shipping at Go Game Guru.

We get so many emails from Go players around the world asking if we can help them to save on shipping – so many, in fact, that it was hard to keep up with it.

Our store already tries to calculate the best value shipping options it can find for you (based on geography), but today we expanded the range of shipping carriers we support and also added a new option to ship most Go equipment directly from the factory.

When shipping from the factory, you can take advantage of cheaper shipping rates and choose between seamail, aimail and express international shipping.

Now you can save time, with a better selection of instant shipping quotes, and we can save time too and spend more time talking about Go!

How much cheaper is shipping now?

Obviously, how much you can save depends on where you are and which shipping option you choose. Here are some examples of today’s best shipping rates based on a 2.4” agathis Go board – a popular board which has some weight to it (though we sell many heavier boards too):

  • South Africa  – Before: $105.93 – Now: $25.70 – Savings: $80
  • Brazil – Before: $78.34 – Now: $25.70 – Savings: $52
  • Mexico – Before: $70.04 – Now: $25.70 – Savings: $44
  • Canada – Before: $61.30 – Now: $22.30 – Savings: $39
  • Finland – Before: $39.58 – Now: $22.30 – Savings: $17
  • Singapore – Before: $32.37 – Now: $18.90 – Savings: $13.

The examples above are all in different regions (and in countries where we don’t already have a warehouse).

Here’s how you can can check the exact shipping rates for your country. Please be patient when checking shipping rates – they can take around 10 seconds to display because they’re calculated in real time.

The new, cheaper rates are available in many countries, based on where the shipping carriers can ship to. If it looks like they’re not available for your country, please let us know and we’ll look into whether there are other options we can add to the store.

Save another 5% with factory shipping

Another thing that’s great about shipping from the factory is that it saves us money too, we don’t have to ship the products twice!

Because of that, we can give you a further 5% discount on orders that ship from the factory, to help you further reduce the reduce the cost of your international order.

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Ship directly from the factory showroom and save money.

This discount is now applied automatically at the checkout to all qualifying orders.

Save yet another 5% with bitcoin

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Save money when you pay for your order with bitcoin.

And something else that can help some international customers to save money is paying for your order with bitcoin.

Bitcoin isn’t for everyone and currently requires you to be a bit tech savvy to use it properly, but you can save quite a bit of money by getting better currency conversion rates and avoiding international transaction fees if you know how.

Orders paid for with bitcoin also save us money. The payment processing fees are lower and we don’t have to worry about people using stolen credit cards at our store.

Every store has to build the above costs into its prices, but bitcoin helps to reduce those costs, so we pass the savings straight back to you as another automatic 5% discount.

If you don’t know what bitcoin is, or you don’t know how to use, you can learn about it first.

(Please no ultracrepidarian comments about bitcoin if you haven’t taken the time to properly research this technology.)

That’s $93 in total savings!

So, in this particular example, one customer was able to save over $80 on reduced shipping fees, plus another $13 in savings which we passed back to them.

That’s a total saving of $93.

While it’s true that not everyone will be able to save that much money (if you live somewhere where shipping is already cheap, you’re lucky), savings are available for all Go players and there are Go players all over the world.

Which products are included?

So which products qualify for the new shipping rates? The answer is, almost all Go equipment.

There were only two products for which we haven’t yet been able to get the cooperation of the factory. They are:

If you live close to one of our warehouses, those two products are among the cheapest Go equipment you can buy.

However, for international orders, we always recommend the Featherweight Go Set and this Folding Go Board as better alternatives. They’re lighter and smaller to ship, so you can easily save enough on shipping to pay for the difference in price anyway – and you end up with a better quality product.

Books aren’t included

Books aren’t included, and can confuse our order routing logic because they only ship from our warehouses. If you’re trying to save money on Go equipment, please check the prices before adding books to your order.

If you want to ship books in the same package as Go equipment that’s fine, but be aware that it will reduce the number of shipping options available to you. In some cases, it can be cheaper to make two separate orders.

We’ll keep doing our best…

Since starting Go Game Guru, we’ve kept looking for ways to save money and provide better value for customers.

That’s why we ship from multiple locations around the world and that’s why we’ve taken the time to setup this direct factory shipping option for you today.

We’ll keep doing our best to keep make good quality, well made, safe Go equipment available worldwide.

Later this year, we hope to be able to add a new shipping location in Canada, and hopefully we can go local in more countries after that…

…as long you keep shopping with us

So next time you want to buy something Go related, please remember to have a look at the Go Game Guru Store (and thanks to everyone who already shops there!).

People often tell us that they didn’t even know we had a store, because we don’t advertise it aggressively. And we’d prefer it if we could keep the advertising low key.

However, the store is what helps us to keep providing all the free Go commentaries, news and more.

So, if you like what we do here, please tell your friends about our store and think of us next time you want to buy something.

And if you want your local brick and mortar games store to start selling Go sets, please tell them to get in touch with us and we’ll help them out.

In return, we’ll keep providing new and better services to the worldwide Go community – most of them for free.

Click here to have a look at our store


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Weekly Go problems: Week 115

Here are the weekly Go problems for week 115.

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

Easy Go problem

Sometimes when a stone is in atari, it’s even less useful than if it weren’t on the board at all. Try to reduce White’s eyespace as much as you can.

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


Intermediate Go problem

The opponent’s vital point is your own. How can you remove your own weaknesses while creating some in White’s shape?

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


Hard Go problem

Normally Black’s corner group would be dead, but as we’ve seen many times, a stone is never truly dead until it’s been removed from the board.

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


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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“New Yorker” Reports on Computer Go

The latest advances in computer go are covered in a new post by The New Yorker. In “The Electronic Holy War”, Patrick House reports on the Densei-sen, “or ‘electronic holy war,’ tournament, in Tokyo, where the best Go programs in the world play against one of the best humans” where Crazy Stone last March defeated Yoshio “the Computer” Ishida.

The article does an excellent job of explaining why go has been so tough for computers to crack. “Part of the difficulty for computers—and humans—is that it is often hard to determine at any given time whether a group of pieces is being surrounded or doing the surrounding, and thus who is ahead…Without a clear understanding of who is ahead, programs like Deep Blue stutter. ‘All the machinery that was built up for computer chess is pretty useless,’” (Murray) Campbell (a member of the IBM Deep Blue team says.

It also explains how “Monte Carlo” algorithms, initially developed seventy years ago as part of the Manhattan Project, have been the key to developing stronger go programs. “The better the programs got, the less they resembled how humans play: during the game with Ishida, for example, Crazy Stone played through, from beginning to end, approximately three hundred and sixty million randomized games. At this pace, it takes Crazy Stone just a few days to play more Go games than humans collectively ever have. ‘I have to be honest: I still find it kind of magical, that it works as well as it does,’ Campbell said.”

The “electronic holy war” will run once a year in Tokyo until 2017, the report continues. “This past weekend, at the second annual tournament, Crazy Stone faced Norimoto Yoda, a Japanese professional who has a reputation for slamming pieces onto the board—sometimes shattering them—to intimidate his opponent. Crazy Stone was given a four-move head start and, lacking the eyes and ears through which another player might have been intimidated, won by two and a half points. “After the match, Yoda, through a translator, told me that he was grateful for Crazy Stone because it eased up at the end and allowed the game to be closer than it actually was: the result of randomness—or, perhaps, of the beginnings of pity.”
Photograph of Rémi Coulom and Ishida Yoshio courtesy of

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Go Spotting: Teen Wolf Takes Sente

MTV’s Teen Wolf has shattered the Go Spotting record, featuring go four weeks in a row, on a show that’s not about go.  With a viewership of 3.5 million, repeated mentions of the game, and even a summary of the main goals, local clubs could soon be seeing a surge of new players if even a fraction of those viewers become curious about go and learn to play.  This week’s episode, entitled “The Divine Move” both starts and ends with go.  Early in the episode Mrs. Yukimura (Tamlyn Tomita) advises a desperate Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) while the family is seated around a go board “he made a powerful move by splitting the two of you.”   “So what’s our move?” responds  her daughter Kira (Arden Cho), as she places a stone on the board. “The Nogitsune has had sente until this point, what you need is a ‘Divine Move’ in order to turn this game around,” responds her mother.  Stiles does find a divine move, in the story arc at least, and his friends defeat the Nogitsune at last.  Towards the end of the episode, Kira’s parents are seen picking up the pieces from the go board, drawing a conclusion to the story arc (and the season).  Full episodes of Teen Wolf can be streamed on their website here. As an added bonus, in the after show (Wolf Watch) series creator Jeff Davis also talks briefly about go. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo from the MTV website: Kira places a stone on the board, while Stiles talks to Mrs. Yukimura.



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Subtitled “Tokyo Newcomer” Available Online

German go journalist colleague Tobias Berben recently sent a link to an English-subtitled online version of Tokyo Newcomer  (New Go Films: Tokyo Newcomer & Weiqi Wonders 5/7/2012 EJ). In Jiang Qinmin’s 2012 film, Chinese go genius Yoshiryu (Qin Hao) comes to Japan to hone his skills in the game, but finds he’s too busy earning a living to study go at all. One day, he meets an old woman hawking vegetables, who turns out to be a descendant of a prestigious go family. “Written and directed by a Mainland Chinese, but utterly Japanese in look and feel, ‘Tokyo Newcomer’ is an engaging light drama centred on a young Chinese guy’s passion for the board game of go and his assimilation into the country which has made the (Chinese-invented) game into a national expression of its mindset,” writes Film Business Asia’s Derek Elley.

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Your Move/Readers Write: Returning the Favor

“I just want to add an addendum to Bob Gilman’s efforts to bring the Cubans to the US Congress (Progress Reported on Project to Bring Cuban Delegation to U.S. Go Congress 3/8 EJ),” writes Peter Shotwell. “I organized a trip there in 2000 and more than a dozen people came (we were legal because it was an “amateur” tournament that Cubans could participate in). The Cubans treated us royally and I want to encourage anyone who hasn’t donated to the cause to think about what this means to them if not just to return the favor!” For more details on the project, email

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This Week’s Go Calendar: Arlington, Boston, Sacramento, Cupertino

March 29: Arlington, VA
NOVA Cherry Blossom Festival Tournament
Gary Smith 703-254-6429

March 29: Boston, MA
2014 Boston Spring Go Expo
Michael Fodera
Tommy Liu 617-309-7912

March 29: Sacramento, CA
Davis/Sacramento Spring Quarterly
Willard Haynes 916-929-6112

March 30: Cupertino, CA
18th Jujo Jiang Cup Youth Goe Tournament
Mingjiu Jiang 650-796-1602

Get the latest go events information.

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