Watch The Surrounding Game Movie Online

- Feature Film (97 minutes)
- Subtitles available in: English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, and Italian!

THE SURROUNDING GAME follows the lives of three young Americans vying to become the first-ever Western professional Go players. Through an intimate portrait of these young competitors and interviews with the greatest Go masters of all time – including Lee Sedol 9p, Cho Hun-hyun 9p, Nie Weiping 9p, Iyama Yuta 9p, and Go Seigen 9p – the film explores the search for meaning that Go represents to its players, for whom the game is a distillation of consciousness itself.

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My Latest Game on IGS Pandanet: The Tengen (Center Move)

It was interesting game. I played Black. My opponent Moko 1d played calmly & was very good. But not after this center move.

Road To Dan Level - 105 Tesuji (SGF)

This Go problem is specially uploaded for you who have donated for Ultimate Go Problem Collection in past. Thanks again for your support.

recommended for 5kyu~2dan
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Why Tsumego is So Important?

In ancient China, people were not scoring territory at all, but instead just the stones on the board. So originally, Go was about "gaining life for as many stones as possible" instead of territory. Building a territory - i.e. an area where no opponent's stones are able to live - was just one strategy to secure life for many stones later. In other words, Go was just about life & death!

When the Japanese changed the rules to territory scoring as they found this more elegant than scoring stones, the rules of Go were cut apart from the original idea, which lead to the widespread misbelief among amateurs that Go would basically be about just fencing in points.

1400 Commented Pro Games Collection (SGF)

Understanding Pro Player's Moves

All commented moves make you understand Go better. There are total 1463 pro games, commentary in English. If you want to learn pro moves, this collection is for you! Very recommended for SDK & Shodan player. Open the sgf file with sgf editor like Multigo.

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History of Go Concept by Yunguseng Dojang

Interesting video with clear explanation. Everyone who plays Go should enjoy this! Don't forget to subscribe Yunguseng Dojang channel if you like this video.

Ultimate Go Problem Collection (SGF)

A Must Have Collection for Serious Go Player

Finally! After long time research about the most effective way to become dan player, here is my private tsumego collection.

It took me 10 years to collect all this Go problems. This package also contains rare collection that is very difficult to find on internet.

Why Newbie Should Start with 9X9 Against Bot

If you just started playing Go, you should start with 9x9 against Bot.
The reasons:
1. shorter game
2. you can get practical experience: Life & Death situation,
3. practice end game move,
4. learn scoring

Why beginner should play against Bot:
1. no time pressure
2. able to go back or undo to see whats happening => this is important point

Recommended software for beginner: igowin 9x9

10 Golden Rules Of Go - With Explanation

1. Greed fails - if you try to take too much, you may give an opportunity
2. Do not rush in - this seems to be the same idea as the proverb about invading one move before an opponent's moyo becomes territory
3. Check self, then fight - many books tell you to check your weaknesses before starting an attack. It's like putting on your armour before going into battle

239 Graded Go Problems for Beginner (SGF)

If you are a beginner who wishes to learn the game of Go, this Go Problems (Tsumego) is for you.
"Two eyes" is the most important rule in Go.
Use your intuition to find the solution (correct move) of each problem.

Download sgf file
Open the file with SGF reader such as Multigo.

Tsumego Life & Death Problem For DDK Player (SGF)

Another collection for Double Digit Kyu Player (20kyu~10kyu). Cho Chikun Encyclopedia Life and Death - Elementary contains 900 problems. You can improve your skill by solving tsumego daily. Don't forget to use good app such as Gogrinder to customize your daily problems. You can also use Multigo to open the file.

Download the SGF file here

Tsumego Challenge End Year 2017 - For 1~5 Kyu

Find the only move!

Black to live (or escape?). E2 won't work, white can connect at G1.
The answer is E1
Source: A simple reading problem.  Go World #1, May-June 1977

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Recommended Software for Newbie! Igowin 9x9

Lets play 9x9 against computer! This is recommended software for beginner. Play go against the computer with great graphics. It keeps track of your record and playing strength. Also has an offline Go tutorial on menu that easy to understand.

It's about 800KB. After download, run it, and it will install the files in C:\Program Files\igowin. It does not automatically add itself to your start menu or make a shortcut on the desktop. This is free copyrighted software.

Download here

new Igowin is now available for iPhone.

Shape Up! - By Charles Matthews and Kim Seong-June (PDF)

Get Stronger by Understanding Good Shape

Shape Up! is an online go book on good shape written by Charles Matthews and Kim Seong-June, a strong Korean amateur (who is not the 8 dan pro Kim Seung-chun who happens to have the same name). Recommended for SDK player!

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Weiqi Life and Death 1000 Problems (Book Review)

Weiqi Life and Death 1000 Problems is a Chinese tsumego & tesuji book edited by Wang Zhipeng  and published by Beijing Sport University Press in 2000. It is 385-pages in length with 1000-problems & solutions. The problems are categorized into two main sections: tsumego and tesuji; then further broken into 10 and 15 thematic subsections respectively.

Tsumego Challenge August 2017 For SDK Player!

I found an interesting tsumego (life and death) problem.
Its not as easy as you think.
Some people fail to understand that 1-1 is essential in this problem.

Genran, Japanese Classic Go Problem Collection (SGF)

Collection of Life And Death Problem For Genius Go Player 

Akaboshi Intetsu (1810 - October 19, 1835) was a Japanese professional 7 dan Go player. The blood-vomiting game is a famous game of go of the Edo period of Japan, played on June 27, 1835 between Honinbo Jowa (white) and Intetsu Akaboshi (black). It is noted for the three ghost moves that were allegedly given to Jowa during the game by ghosts, and for the premature death of the go prodigy Intetsu Akaboshi who died soon after coughing up blood onto the board after the game. Akaboshi authored the Genran, a collection of tsumego, published in 1833.

Chinese Weiqi Life & Death and Opening Problem Collection (PDF)

Don't ask me the title of this book, because I cant read the Chinese letter. This collection consists life & death problem and opening problem. Include the solution of each problem.I personally love the "making life problem" in first chapter (black play first).

Chinese Problem Collection - Guan Zi Pu (PDF)

Recommended for 2kyu ~ 5dan player!

Guan Zi Pu (官子谱) is a large classic Chinese problem collection (1473 problems) in circulation from the sixteenth century onwards.

The name implies endgame problems, and the collection has many examples of a relatively unusual type of question: not orthodox life and death, but ways to attack a group that can live with best play, but at the cost of points to the defender. The collection expanded to include many types of problems - effectively any way of exploiting bad shape.

Deep Learning Go Program for Windows PC

Go Program with Deep Learning Technology for Windows PC

AlphaGo is a narrow AI, computer program developed by Alphabet Inc.'s Google DeepMind in London to play the board game Go. It is the first computer program to defeat a professional human Go player, the first program to defeat a Go world champion, and arguably the strongest Go player in history.

AlphaGo VS Top Human Player - 60 Game Records (SGF)

Alphago AI Secretly Destroys Go Players

On January 2017, an unknown player called “Master” has been thrashing players on an Tygem online Go platform. Master beat the world number one player Ke Jie twice at that time. The score for these games was AlphaGo: 60 – Humans: 0. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis revealed in a tweet that Master was in fact a new version of AlphaGo.

Opening Theory Made Easy - By Hideo Otake

Yes, if you are a beginner who just started 19x19, this book is must-read book!!
This book will teach you about Fuseki.  As you already know, in 19x19 you should learn how to handle 3 phases of the game: opening, middle game, and end game. Mistake in opening will make difficult to catch the game.

Download here
read also: why newbie should start with 9x9

100 Principles of Go That You Should Know!

Chapter One. Five Opening Principles
Principle 1. First occupy the empty corners; second, enclose a corner or make an approach move; third, extend along the sides.
Principle 2. Don't make too many moves in one part of the board. Establish outposts throughout the board.
Principle 3. Play where the fewest stones have been played.
Principle 4. Establish a position inside your opponent's sphere of influence.
Principle 5. Don't let your opponent make two corner enclosures.

Hikaru no Go Game Collection (SGF)

Hikaru no Go is a Japanese manga series based on the board game Go, written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The production of the series' Go games was supervised by Go professional Yukari Umezawa.

It was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran for 75 episodes from 2001 to 2003 on TV Tokyo, with a New Year's Special aired in January 2004.

Hikaru no Go was well-received, with over 25 million copies in circulation and winning the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000 and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2003. It is largely responsible for popularizing Go among the youth of Japan since its debut, and considered by Go players everywhere to have sparked worldwide interest in the game, noticeably increasing the Go-playing population around the globe. All games appear on Anime is actually real from Pro Player game record

download the Game Collection from this website

810 Commented Pro Games by A. Dinerstein (SGF)

Commented Games By Strongest Russian Go Player

Alexandre Dinerchtein is a Russian professional 3-dan Go player who became yeongusaeng (Korean version of an insei) in South Korea in 1997. Dinerchtein became a professional shodan with the Hankuk Ki-won in 2002, 3-dan in 2008. Alexandre had a major success in the first round of the 8th LG Cup (2003-2004): he defeated O Rissei 9p, Japanese Kisei titleholder.

Go Seigen Commented Games (SGF)

Learn From Go Seigen Game Records

Go Seigen is recognized as the strongest, and also one of the most innovative Go players, of his era.Many Go players regard him as the greatest player of all time. He was in his prime from the 1930s through to the 1950s and, during that period, he played many of his famous ten game matches (jubango) with other top Go players of the day.

Go Seigen is a living legend in the Go world. In fact, he’s one of the first professional Go players many people learn about, along with Lee Changho. He’s also well known by the Chinese reading of his name, Wu Qingyuan (吴清源). In 1928, at the age of 14 he emigrated to Japan to become a professional Go player. He studied under another legendary player, Segoe Kensaku – who also taught Cho Hunhyun and Hashimoto Utaro.

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40.683 Pro Games from Moyo Go Studio (SGF)

Moyo Go is a software program written by Frank de Groot. Many people said that Moyo Go is one of the best is the best Go program available at the moment. Before the developer released the paid version (size 1.3Gb), they released the program as freeware (only 300Mb). One of best features you can get from Moyo Go is huge kifu collection to study. Here we will share 40,000 Pro Games, extracted from Moyo Go Studio.

credit: Moyo Go Studio
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Tsumego Pro (Go Problems) on Android

Tsumego Pro is one of my favorite Go App on my Android smartphone. You can improve your reading skill with this app. Its large collection of tsumego problems! Each go problem contains all valid answers and a lot of bad variations, to help you know why you are wrong.
Features :

- 6 daily problems (of 3 different levels)
- Progress mode : the difficulty increases or decreases depending on your level
- Offline mode : try to solve all problems in each pack
- The app automatically answers your moves
- Choose your color (black, white, random)
- Browse the solution, or just get a hint
- A book theme (black and white)

Download from playstore

Honinbo Shusaku Kifu (SGF)

Honinbo Shusaku Game Collection

Born as Kuwabara Torajiro, Shusaku was a Japanese professional Go player from the 19th century. He is known for his undefeated streak of 19-games during the annual castle games; considered to have been the strongest player from 1847/8 to his death in 1862. He was nicknamed Invincible Shusaku because of his castle games Performance.

He was nicknamed "Invincible" after he earned a perfect score for 19 straight wins in the annual castle games. Some say that he was not stronger than his teacher, Honinbō Shuwa. Out of respect for his teacher, Shusaku refused to play with white against his teacher thus there is no clear gauge of the difference in strength between them. Shusaku, for example, had a plus score against Ōta Yūzo but still found him a tough opponent, while Shuwa beat him easily.

Only two other people have been given the title "Go Sage" (Kisei) in addition to Shusaku, the others being Honinbō Dosaku (1645–1702) and Honinbo Jowa (1787–1847). However, Jowa's title was posthumously revoked due to a biased account of his machinations (in the Zain Danso) towards obtaining the post of Meijin Godokoro. Today, Shusaku's reputation is more balanced in Japan, where a wide number of texts on Shusaku and Jowa have since been published, but remains somewhat inflated in the West where the sources are more sparse.

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Multigo (software)

With MultiGo you will be able to play, edit and configure your own "Go" games. MultiGo is designed to view/edit Smart-Go format(SGF) go game file. It also supports other popular file format. You can easily navigate through the game and branches, add/remove markers and comments, create or edit your own branches. You could use MultiGo to play with GNU Go, or even record/play go video.

MultiGo is freeware. You can freely distribute it to anybody else or put it on your website. However, you must agree that the author shouldn't be responsible for any damage it could cause by using the software.

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GoGrinder (software)

One Of The Best Tsumego Learning Tool

GoGrinder is a Java program for practicing go problems. It uses problems in SGF format. You can set your custom tsumego for daily practice!

Download gogrinder for windows
Download gogrinder for Android device
Download ultimate go problem collection

Complete Go Books Collection For Beginner (PDF)

Click to download
Introduction to the game of Go - By British go association
Go - A complete introduction to the game - By Cho Chi Kun
Go for Beginners - By Kaoru Iwamoto
30k-20k Study Book by Oliver Richman

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