Tsumego of the Week

List of weekly problems to review at the club. Problems will usually be posted on Saturday for review the following Tuesday. Each week a new type of problem will be posted in rotation. Week 1: whole-board / strategic; week 2: life and death; week 3: tesuji / shape; week 4: endgame.

Tsumego 3: 17/03/2018

Tesuji are techniques, such as cutting and connecting, capturing stones, making and breaking eyes, making good shape, and so on.

Suji in Japanese has different meanings: a line on the palm, a fiber in a plant or muscle, a family bloodline, or a plot (in a play); the analogous definition in Go we can interpret as “the way forward for our stones”. So, we can think of TEchnique and SUJI meaning “techniques for the correct line of play”.

Black to play in all problems (A-D).

A: Link up.
Capture the marked stones.
Exploit White’s thinness.
Win the capturing race.


Tsumego 2: 10/03/2018

Black to play in all problems (A-D).

A: Black just played the marked stone but White ignored it. How should Black play?
B: Should Black expand the eye shape or the eye space?
C: White’s stones look full of eye potential but Black can destroy their shape.
D: Here is a position that might come up in your games. Where is the vital point for Black?


Tsumego 1: 03/03/2018

This frequently occurs in real games. Unfortunately many players do not know the correct response. What is the best way for Black to handle this situation?