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Tesuji of the night

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 23rd, 2016

I know you all love to work your go, so here is a small tesuji problem I have just seen tonight played at the USGO Cotsen Open between two high dan – pro level players.

It is black to play and his situation seems quite bad with two stones nearly dead at D14 and D15, but… he had a tesuji in mind before he launched the whole sequence that white totally overlooked. Can you see it ?

usgo_tesuji(you can click to get the image bigger)

Good search!

Philippe

Cork Go Tournament Dec 3rd-4th 2016

Posted by Rory Wales on October 18th, 2016

We are pleased to announce The Cork Go Tournament of 2016 – 3rd- 4th of December. Full details available here.

James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 6

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 14th, 2016

Hello all,

our exciting-working sessions go on and the least we can say is that each game is different from the previous one.

This time for a change, Philippe took an early lead in the overall balance with James making too many weak groups.
There was a lot of things going on and this is a good game to discover the use of aji with a single dead stone coming to life at the very end.

Enjoy this new game and see you soon!

 

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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 5

Posted by Philippe Renaut on October 7th, 2016

New game is online!

Plenty of nice fights here! With an audacious start by James leaving Joseki move for an overall white influence, ending in a big fight for points all over the board.

Enjoy!

 

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james & philippe

2017 Irish Confucius Cup Date Announced

Posted by Rory Wales on October 6th, 2016

Ireland’s largest Go and Chinese Chess tournament, The Confucius Cup, will occur next year the weekend of March 3rd-5th 2017. More details to follow soon.

James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 4

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 30th, 2016

New game is online!

A very interesting game to study overall balance.
The flow of the game kept shifting with very difficult positional analysis (at least at our level, may be a 5d would find it quite easy!) and everything was determined about who felt ahead and who played more agressively, a feeling that kept changing move after move.

Enjoy the comments and see you next week!

 

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james vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 3

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 23rd, 2016

Another game this morning full of fresh coffee flavour…

The game was agan very passioante, with an early overplay by Philippe, that triggered a sequence where he finished with a weak group, but then a slow move by James made white come back into the game and taking a progressive clear lead pushing James to try audacious invasion to win the game…

Remember that if you get tired of these posts you can just tell us and we will stop posting the games ;-)!

Enjoy the comments and see you next week!

 

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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 2

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 17th, 2016

Yesterday took place the second morning duel between James and Philippe.

It was a clear win by James after a bad overplay by Philippe at move 81 and a very safe covering of bad aji by James. There was still some messing around after that but the game was pretty much hopeless for Philippe.

See you next week for another commented game!

 

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James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games – Game 1

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 9th, 2016

The first skirmish took place this morning and was won by ptitlou (Philippe) by resignation after a tense fight and a last tricky multi-step-ko race in byo-yomi for both players.

Exciting game for both and thank you to the brave public for coming this early in the morning on KGS to give us support!

The commented game can be found here : ptitlou – jameshut / Game 1

See you next week!

James & Philippe

 

James vs Philippe – Weekly commented games

Posted by Philippe Renaut on September 8th, 2016

Dear go players, James “Famous” Hutchinson (2d) and myself – Philippe “Little Pea” Renaut (2d) have decided to try to play a weekly game on Friday mornings at 9am (30mn+2*30s byo) that we will comment afterwards. It will be played on KGS, Ireland Room.

We cannot guarantee that it will be absolutely every week but we will do our best. I will try to do a weekly post of our commented games so that you can all benefit from our – probably entirely wrong and mistaken – analysis of the game (if we find a 7d walking around to help us doing a real deep analysis of the game we will definitely try to lure him in!).

If you find these posts and commented games boring it will easily be removed from the page so just let us know!

James & Philippe