On May 16th and 17th the first round of the 68th Honinbo Final took place in Oda, Japan, the birthplace of the Go Saint Honinbo Dosaku. Challenger Takao Shinji won seven games in the qualifiers to challenge for the title. The game, which can be found here with comments by Kono Rin 9p, started out with a new joseki after Iyama’s attack on the bottom. After giving up some territory on the bottom to take sente, Takao managed to take the initiative and things looked tough for the title defender. Iyama unleashed a do-or-die move to try and change the outcome of the game and it succeeded!
On the 22nd of April, 2013, the 23-year-old Kim Jisuk won the best-of-five final of the 18th GS Caltex Cup by defeating the legendary Lee Sedol with a staggering 3-0! Even though Kim Jisuk had not attained the rank of 9p before the match, most observers agreed that his power could rival that of the top players of the day. However, going up against Lee Sedol who is known as possibly the strongest fighter in the world he was surely destined to have a very tough challenge facing him. Unexpectedly he forcefully decided the final by winning three games in a row, not backing down one inch when Lee Sedol was putting him to the test in very difficult fighting.
On April 13, the 13th Liguang Cup Go Tournament was finished in the Sheraton Hotel in Haikou, China. The final result is Zhou Ruiyang, playing black, beat Tang Weixing after 167 moves and received the title of the Liguang Cup champion for the first time. The prize money was set at 250,000 RMB. Tang Weixing got 100,000 RMB for his second place. This is the second time for Zhou Ruiyang to win a champion title in a national tournament. See the final game with comments by Chang Hao 9p, here!
Welcome to the brand new version of Go Game World!
For more than ten years Go Game World has provided contemporary professional games with comments by strong professional players. In a world where English commentaries on recent top games are hard to come by Go Game World has played an important part in making the wonderful games of the masters more accessible to a western audience. Throughout the years thousands of users have been able to gain insight into the world of pros and learn from their games. Now we are happy to introduce a new, better version of the website. Keep on reading to find out what’s new!
A new design
While continuing to provide this service steadily over the years, the design of the website and user experience has stayed virtually the same. Needless to say, after ten years it was beginning to look a little dusty. We have now updated the look and feel of the site to better accommodate the demands of our users.
We still aim to be the main source of commented top games, but we want to make the experience better. Here are some of the new features that I’m sure our users will welcome:
- Accessibility: Now you can watch our games on several different platforms! Study a game on your phone while taking the bus or on your touchpad while lying in bed.
- Shareability: It is now possible to share a game that you like with your friends on social platforms such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter etc.
- User comments: Talk about games directly with other users using the comment feature.
- Updates: Learn about new games and other news in your RSS-feed or by following us on Facebook.
Go Game World gets a staff of dedicated teachers
In addition to our commented games we are now looking forward to providing users with other ways to study go! We now have a staff of strong teachers who will be updating our site with study material such as:
- Videos: We will update our site regularly with new videos covering a wide range of subjects such as the study of set patterns (joseki), opening (fuseki) and many other things!
- Articles: We will have article series on different ways to improve your go as well.
- Reviews of your own games: It will now be possible to send in your own games to be reviewed and commented by our teachers who have a vast experience in teaching and are experts at finding your weak points.
We welcome feedback from our users and if you have questions or suggestions feel free to drop us an email or leave a comment directly on a post. At Go Game World we love go and we wish that more and more people can enjoy go through our website!
The rules of go are very simple:
- Two players take turns placing stones (that’s the name of the pieces) on the intersections of a grid on an empty board. One player takes black and one player takes white, black goes first.
- Once a stone is placed it cannot be moved unless it is captured. The adjacent intersections of a stone are called that stone’s liberties and a stone is captured when all the liberties of the stone are occupied by the opponent’s stones.
- When you place a stone next to your own stone they create a chain. Your opponent then has to take the liberties of the whole chain in order to capture the chain.
- You are not allowed to place a stone where it would have no liberties, unless that move captures one or several of the stones occupying those liberties.
- The board position may not be repeated two moves in a row.
The feeling that comes with improving is one of the most enjoyable parts of playing go. With greater understanding, the experience of playing becomes richer. But what are the best ways to improve? And do you need to be talented and start out young to become a strong player?
In this article we will discuss some of the best ways of improving one’s game. If you utilize proper study technique you will steadily become stronger no matter where your starting point is. Continue reading…
Go is a strategic board game in which two players take turns placing black and white pieces on a grid in order to encircle territory. The game originated in China and the first historical mention of the game is more than 2400 years old, making it older than all other known board games still played. Continue reading…