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Friday, August 18, 2006

Cho U Signs Goban with Tsumego

At the opening ceremony of the 17th Asia Speed Go Tournament, Cho U, nicknamed the "Tsumego Expert", puts down a Tsumego in addition to signing his name on the Goban. (Often in many major Go tournaments, contestants are invited to sign on a ceremonial board.)

I've attached the picture below. The bottom left is Cho U's name and the top right is the problem, with the four kanji character caption: Black first to kill white. Can you solve the problem?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Finally reached 3k!

After a solid streak of winnings in the past few weeks, I've finally reached 3k on KGS. I've gotten significantly stronger since I picked up my Go studies last year, mostly thanks to lots of Tsumego practices, game reviews by stonger players and most imporantly, a new positive attitude at the board. I've learned now that it's possible to become better, by studying dilligently and learning something new from each game you play. While I've not advancing as rapidly as most, at least I know how to improve and that's a big plus. :D