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21 Century Go

21 Century Go is a great material to learn from professionals. All the videos are English subtitled. $3 for each video, get them here.

Released videos:

Jul, 2013

21 Century Go 24: White Liu Xiaoguang 9P vs Black Ma Xiaochun 9P
12-03-2005, China Weiqi League A (Kifu)
Ma Xiaochun is the first world champaign of China. He and Liu Xiaoguang were the best Chinese players at that time.

Ma Xiaochun 9P

21 Century Go 25: White Mi Yuting 4P vs Black Lee Sedol 9P
07-11-2013, 1st Mlily Cup (Kifu)
An exceptional game between Mi Yuting 4P and Lee Sedol 9P. Mi played a very aggressive style. He would be the next star.

Mi Yuting vs Lee Sedol

Jun, 2013

21 Century Go 22: White Lee Sedol 9P vs Black Gu Li 9P
03-20-2013, Tianxin Pharmaceutical Cup (Kifu)
Lee Sedol vs Gu Li in 2013. A big dragon was sacrificed.

Tianxin Pharmaceutical Cup, Lee Sedol vs Gu Li

21 Century Go 23: White Cho U 9P vs Black Yamada Kimio 9P
11-04-2010, 58th Oza (Kifu)
A splendid game. Cho U played two excellent moves.

Cho U vs Yamada Kimio

May, 2013

21 Century Go 20: White Shi Yue 5P vs Black Won Seongjin 7P
02-20-2013, 17th LG Cup Final (Kifu)
Learn from Shi Yue, the new world champion.

Shi Yue vs Won Seongjin, 17th LG Cup Final

21 Century Go 21: White Yoo Changhyuk 9P vs Black Lee Changho 9P
11-15-2005, 10th Samsung Cup (Kifu)
Another good source to learn Lee Changho’s style.

Yoo Changhyuk vs Lee Changho, 10th Samsung Cup

Apr, 2013

21 Century Go 18: White Wang Mingwan 9P vs Black Cho Sonjin 9P
05-24-2000, 55th Honinbo (Kifu)
A famous mistake. Wang Mingwan didn’t see the ladder.

Cho Sonjin vs Wang Mingwan

21 Century Go 19: White Lee Changho 9P vs Black Wang Xi 5P
05-16-2005, 10th LG Cup (Kifu)
The game perfectly shows Lee Changho’s style.

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Mar, 2013

21 Century Go 16: White Hei Jiajia 5P vs Black Chen Yiming 1P
04-08-2011, 1st Huang Longshi Cup (Kifu)
Let’s have a look at girls’ game today.

Hei Jiajia 5p

21 Century Go 17: White Park Junghwan 9P vs Black Fan Tingyu 3P
03-06-2013, 7th Ing Cup final (Kifu)
New record: The youngest Ing Cup title holder in history.

Fan Tingyu 3p - the youngest Ing Cup title
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Feb, 2013

21 Century Go 14: White Zhou Ruiyang 5P vs Black Chen Yaoye 9P
01-19-2013, 1st Bailing Cup Final (Kifu)
1st Bailing Cup, Zhou Ruiyang is the new world champion!
New joseki are analysed in detail. Strongly recommend!

Zhou Ruiyang and Chen Yaoye, 1st Bailing Cup

21 Century Go 15: WhiteJiang Weijie 9P vs Black Pak Yeonghun 9P
09-13-2012, 3rd World Meijin Final (Kifu)
A nice game. Jiang Weijie killed the big dragon~

Pak Yeonghun 9P, 3rd World Meijin

Jan, 2013

21 Century Go 12: White Chen Yaoye 9P vs Black Pak Jeong-hwan 7P
12-04-2012, 9th Chunlan Cup (Kifu)
 

 Chen Yaoye vs Pak Jeonghwan, Chunlan Cup

21 Century Go 13: WhiteIyama Yuta 9P vs Black Zhang Xu 9P
03-01-2012, 03-01-2012 (Kifu)
 

Iyama Yuta vs Zhang Xu

Dec, 2012

21 Century Go 10: White Won Seong-jin 9P vs Black Peng Quan 7P
11-24-2012, China Weiqi League A (Kifu)
An interesting game, ogeima shimari, high kakari. It’s also a very good material to learn how to make use of the thickness.

21 Century Go 11: White Lee Sedol 9P vs Black Gu Li 9P
09-05-2012, 17th Samsung Cup  (Kifu)
The famous quadruple ko game. You can’t miss it!

Lee Sedol

Nov, 2012

21 Century Go 09: White Takao Shinji 9P vs Black Tan Xiao 7P
10-16-2012, 14th Nong Shim Cup (Kifu)
Too many fighting games now. Today we will see something different. Classic Japanese style. Theoretical, perceptual, countable.

Takao Shinji 9P vs Tan Xiao 7P

21 Century Go 08: White Cho Hanseung 9P vs Black Pak Yeonghun 9P
02-17-2012, 7th Ying’s Cup Qualification Match (Kifu)
Pak Yeonghun’s best win. One of the most perfect games I’ve ever seen. So many great tesuji, all explained in detail. Strongly recommend!

Cho Hanseung 9P vs Pak Yeonghun 9P

Oct, 2012

21 Century Go 07: White Mok Jin-seok 9P vs Black Xie He 7P
12-01-2010, the 12th Nongshim Cup (Kifu)
Dramatic game! Super moyo! Deep invasion! B can make a life? W is invading or suiciding? What do you think?

Mok Jin-seok 9P vs Xie He 7P

21 Century Go 06: White Park Junghwan 9P vs Black Lee Changho 9P
09-25-2012, the 7th Ying’s Cup Semi-final (Kifu)
Park Junghwan is currently the number 1 player in Korea. Let’s have a look at his game!

Korean player ranking (Oct, 2012):

Korea player ranking (Oct, 2012)

Sep, 2012

21 Century Go 05: White Chen Yaoye 9P vs Black Choi Cheol-han 9P
09-10-2012, China-Korea Tengen (Kifu)
As a top player in the world, Choi Cheol-han has lost 1-9 to Chen Yaoye. You wanna know why?

Chen Yaoye vs Choi Cheolhan, China Korea Tengen

21 Century Go 04: White Choi Cheol-han 9P vs Black Gu Li 9P
08-30-2012, China Weiqi League A (Kifu)
Best game in recent years. No small talk, 45 minutes comment on the fighting! Choi threatens to turn one of Gu’s early moves into a mistake, leaving Gu no choice but to double-down and fight back. Choi never backs down and the game becomes a continuous brawl stretching across 256 moves and the whole board!



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92 Responses to “ 21 Century Go ”

  1. dnshope says:

    Hello, it is unclear to me how to become a member in order to access these monthly videos after I have subscribed! Can you please explain how I should access them?

    Thanks.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Use the username and password I sent to you to login on this page. You will see the videos 🙂

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    dnshope Reply:

    Thank you! I got the e-mail. I should have been more patient I guess!

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    countsheep Reply:

    I send the confirmation email manually. So sometimes there would be a short delay. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. padre.tomasito says:

    Thank you! although I’m weak player I still enjoy your videos. It’s great for learning new things. It looks so simple when you have a guide. Sometimes I even think kyu players play much complicated (unexplainable(!) )games because you just can’t simply tell where to play in their games – it’s so messy! Pro games with your commentary are very enjoyable illusions to me. Looks simple and so understandable but I know it’s just a tip of an iceberg.

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  3. hasan.aljudy says:

    Thanks for uploading the second video for this month!

    I don’t why, but from this game (game#2), and game #8 from “greatest games” series, it seems that “Choi Cheol-han” plays clumsy at the beginning.

    Maybe it’s not appropriate for me to say that, because after all, I’m just an amateur (7k). But, in both these 2 games, he seems to make some bad moves during the opening, then spend the rest of the game struggling to turn things around.

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    countsheep Reply:

    B11 is a questionable move, but definitely it’s not a losing move.
    With the excellent defensive moves made by Chen Yaoye 9p, Choi Cheolhan’s attack was not effective. I think that’s the reason why he lost.

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  4. countsheep says:

    benny*********89@gmx.de

    The customer “benny*********89@gmx.de”, please contact me. I’m sorry, I can’t reach your email address. Gmail, hotmail, all tried. Please post on my facebook or send an email to contact@gocommentary.com

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  5. standardtrickyness says:

    in game #2 why is black 83 necessary?

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    countsheep Reply:

    Absolutely necessary. It’s very big, and it’s black’s eye space.

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  6. jon.w.robson says:

    I think the new video is incorrect. 🙂 loads up 21st century go episode 05.

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    countsheep Reply:

    07 is not ready yet. I will keep two videos on the page, so for now it’s 05 and 06.

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  7. standardtrickyness says:

    hey is it possible to download these videos? I realized you are taking them down. Also can you reupload the 1st video? I never got to download it.

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    countsheep Reply:

    It’s a problem and I’m going to fix it. You will be able to access all the videos since your registration.
    I’ve sent the 1st video to your email, as a temporal solution.

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    countsheep Reply:

    I updated the system today, now you can watch all of the subscribed videos anytime 🙂

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  8. LarsG says:

    Thank you very much for the subtitles. It helps to clarify your explanations, especially if the situation gets complicated.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Thanks. All of the monthly videos will be subtitled 🙂

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  9. Luana says:

    I don’t use pay pal or do online credit card business.
    Can I send you US dollars in the mail?
    Will you leave me an address to do that?
    Thank you!
    Luana

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    countsheep Reply:

    http://www.gocommentary.com/monthly-video-other-payment-methods.html
    Credit card is not needed here. I have sent it to your email.
    Thanks!

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  10. fredorosny says:

    Hi ,
    It’s a very good job . I would like to know wow to see the 21 Century Go 04 and 07 ?
    Thank you very much.

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    countsheep Reply:

    1. 04 was a video for September, you subscribed in October, so you may not see it.
    2. 07 is not ready yet. Just wait a few days you will see it.

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    fredorosny Reply:

    Thank you .

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  11. standardtrickyness says:

    for video 3 at move 16 you said black should not jump because after the variation the white stone being on the fourth line makes fighting bad for black. I don’t understand why. being on he 4th line just makes it easier for black to get settle his pincer stone on the left

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    countsheep Reply:

    I didn’t mean to stress the word “4th”. No matter it’s on the 3rd or 4th line, it’s not good for b to jump c5.
    If B c5, W c2, B c9. The move c2 is big, w gets territory at first. If b can’t get profit from attacking, the result will be not good for B.
    The top-left is W’s corner, and W even has a shimari stone. B will have two unsettled groups, so fighting on the left is not a good choice. At least, if B wants to pincer on the left, B should not make the exchange f17&d14.
    Next, if W d7, b f5, w still has chance to get C11.

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  12. jon.w.robson says:

    Is video #4 available? I cannot see it on this page :(.

    Love your videos, big fan, keep it up :D.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Thanks!
    I just updated the system, now you can watch the earlier videos.
    Of course I will keep it up 🙂 Now the 21 century Go 07 is available. Enjoy it 🙂

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  13. thomasprentis says:

    I really appreciate the subtitles. Is san-san = 2-2 point?
    I have a question concerning my subscription – I’ve been subscribed for 3 months I think but I only received one email (in September) in my inbox. I know I can go and check for new videos on the site, but it would help to get some notification of new content.

    Keep up the good work and thanks – I may actually learn to play go some day =).

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    countsheep Reply:

    San-san is 3-3 point.
    About the terminology, check it here: http://www.gocommentary.com/webpage/some-go-terms-you-must-know.html
    You can follow my facebook or twitter to get the notification:
    http://www.facebook.com/gocommentary.page
    http://twitter.com/gocommentary

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  14. thomasprentis says:

    Loved watching game 08 – my knowledge of tesuji is so bad, I usually have to make decisions at the sides and corners based on intuition. What I really liked about this game is the principle of sacrificing stones to force the opponent to defend, creating strong influence elsewhere. I have won some games that way, but of course only against low-level players =).

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  15. minimalistarmstrong says:

    I love the shining graphics you added when there is a tesuji! 🙂

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  16. hasan.aljudy says:

    Game #5 is amazing indeed! Thanks for choosing this game and explaining it for us 🙂

    Also, love the tesuji graphics 🙂

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  17. paypal says:

    Hi, I’ve just joined so I can see two videos. Is it possible to pay a one-off fee and see the back-numbers?

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    countsheep Reply:

    I will provide this function later.

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    noamkos Reply:

    Yes, I agree about this comment: I just paid the $5 and watched the 2 videos… they’re amazing but now I want to see more of them! I love your comments and it’s frustrating not to be able to see more videos because you’re such a good teacher!!

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  18. thomasprentis says:

    Hiya, when are the December videos going to be out?

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    countsheep Reply:

    Today 🙂

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  19. nathan.krach says:

    On Game 10 at 12:32, you talk about miai points, but can’t white play one space below 10,10 and capture black? Is that still okay for black? Or does the jump go one space higher?

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    countsheep Reply:

    My mistake. Of course, it should go one space higher, should be at J10.

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    countsheep Reply:

    I have added a mark on the video. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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  20. rdgilman says:

    Just looked at the kifu for the Dec. 4, 2012 Chunlan Cup game between Chen Yaoye and Park Jungwhan. Seemed a very difficult and interesting game to me. I hope you will consider it for a future video.

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    countsheep Reply:

    I will check it.

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  21. gilliswestrin says:

    Argh I can’t wait for the 11th video :s … will it be out anytime soon?

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    countsheep Reply:

    Got stuck with my video conversion software >_< I converted the video 20+ times, the voice was always out of sync. I solved the problem today and I'm working on the subtitle. The video will be uploaded within 1-2 days.

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  22. thomasprentis says:

    Loved these last games. Esp. Lee Sedol vs Gu Li – neither of them wanted to give up a single advantage, or lose any opportunity – wonderful game!

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  23. diego says:

    Wow! what a game Sedol v Li. Excellent commentary, thank you for your hard work putting that video together.

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  24. viu30h says:

    Is it possible to buy the older episodes too when i sign up or would i only be able to watch future episodes (i wonder also if you can download the videos or only view them on the site) I really enjoy your work countsheep i rewatched your free videos countless time 😉 And they can be useful even when i get lot stronger players than i am atm (4k on kaya) so id like me some more of them 😉

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    countsheep Reply:

    Buy the older videos:
    http://www.gocommentary.com/buy-monthly-videos-individually.html

    You can click the Vimeo button on the lower-right of the video, then download it via Vimeo.

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  25. carphin says:

    Cool tesuji effect! It would be cool if there was the sound effect from unreal tournament “m-m-m-monster kill”. It would be funny if the same voice sait “t-t-t-tesuji”

    Of course, I’m not suggesting that you do it. I just think it would be funny.

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  26. standardtrickyness says:

    In the 10th episode you talked about the ogeima from starpoint joseki what if white hane and connects immediately after nobi and doesn’t give black a chance to descend?

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    countsheep Reply:

    I posted an answer here:
    http://www.gocommentary.com/all-about-go/about-the-new-star-ogeima-joseki.html

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  27. Benson says:

    hi,

    I just subscribed to your video by paying thru Paypal.

    Did not get the user id and password.

    Can help?

    Benson

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    countsheep Reply:

    Hi Benson,
    I just send another email to you. If you still get it, please let me know.
    countsheep

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    Benson Reply:

    Hi Countsheep,

    I still have not receive your email.
    my email add is ccbenson71@yahoo.com.sg

    Can try again?

    Thanks,
    Benson

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    countsheep Reply:

    This time I used both Gmail and LiveMail. Hope you can get at least one of them:)

    Benson Reply:

    Hi Countsheep,

    Very strange.

    Still have not receive your email.

    Can try these email? ccbenson71@gmail.com and benson03@singnet.com.sg?

    Thanks,
    Benson

    countsheep Reply:

    OK. 4 mails have been sent -_-. Use both gmail and livemail. If the mails are still missing, I can send it via Facebook message or Skype.

    Benson Reply:

    Hi CountSheep,

    Really still didn’t get it…

    Can message my via Facebook?
    My Facebook email is ccbenson71@yahoo.com.sg

    Thanks again.

    Benson

    countsheep Reply:

    That’s odd. I’ve sent you a facebook message.

    Benson Reply:

    Hi Countsheep,

    Got it!

    Thanks for your help!

    Benson

  28. DoubleD says:

    CountSheep, thank you for the videos. Do you think it would be possible to add something so when you are doing a variation, we know? Sometimes the variations get long, and while you do usually say, ‘in the actual game’ I get lost at times. Even having a card on the table with one side saying actual game and the other variation would help.

    DD

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    countsheep Reply:

    1. I know I speak too fast. I will try to do it slower.
    2. Read the kifu before watch the video. Get closer to the game and try to think yourself. 🙂

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    DoubleD Reply:

    Thank you, I don’t think you speak too fast, I am just a Kyu player and at times it becomes difficult to follow the game and understand the comments at the same time. I have never reviewed the Kifus before, I will do that from now on, thank you for that advice, I think it will help. Thank you very much!

    DD

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  29. LarsG says:

    Hi countsheep, the second video(50th Judan) doesn’t display. I only see the password with a message below: “The video is processing, please wait.”

    Kind regards,
    Lars

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    countsheep Reply:

    The video is not finished yet. Please wait.
    I just moved to Shanghai. So the video for this month comes later than before. Sorry for this.

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  30. thomasprentis says:

    I don’t know if you have made any changes in your vimeo settings, or if there is a problem with the video, but episode 12 shows very unpleasant problems when playing back on vimeo (HD):
    – Copyright notice plays and the video restarts every time you try to jump to a specific position in the video.
    – When playing HD, audio and video are out of sync.
    I’ll be trying to play this again, but please check to see if you can fix these problems.

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  31. thomasprentis says:

    No, audio is still out of sync, can’t watch it like this. =( Looking forward to the game when you get that fixed though =).

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    countsheep Reply:

    Sorry for this. I will check it. If the video was not good I will convert and upload it again.
    I changed my recording device, and a new mic. Maybe that caused the problem.

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    spencer Reply:

    You can adjust the sync while watching the video using VLC and pressing the ‘j’ or ‘k’ keys to change by 50ms per stroke. Around 450 – 500ms pressing the ‘k’ key displacement is OK. Nothing like using google search. Apparently you can copy the file using mencoder at the command line to adjust the sync permanently — but I haven’t tried it.

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    countsheep Reply:

    I’ve re-uploaded it. Everything seems ok now. 🙂

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  32. spencer says:

    Thanks for the video. I look forward to No. 13 and to the Chen Zude video.

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  33. standardtrickyness says:

    Can you explain for 21century go 12 at 18:25 why saving the stones is not big? I thought the only reason black needed to kill the corner was because white killed black’s group

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    gilliswestrin Reply:

    You mean 16:25? I assume that since you are talking about blacks dead stones. The reason its not very big is that white originally was not very strong in the center. After the whole exchange to the KO in the corner, white had become really thick and strong in the center. So linking up and saving blacks stones in gote would be the same as making white really strong on purpose and then give a free move to white. It is all about the exchange. If black originally wanted to make his stones safe, he could have just played in another way. So black needs to find something even bigger than those few stones. If you can launch an attack somewhere with one extra move, probably you could make a lot more points than saving the group you just sacrificed.

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  34. dnshope says:

    The second January video does not play on Vimeo, which is the only way to watch it in HD.

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    countsheep Reply:

    I just updated my Vimeo account to Vimeo Plus.
    So from now on you don’t have to go Vimeo for HD videos.
    🙂

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  35. hackingen says:

    I can’t watch it in HD on either site now… what happend?

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  36. anatoly says:

    I have the same problem. Can’t watch it in HD on either site.. 🙁

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    countsheep Reply:

    -_-

    I’m going to ask vimeo.

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    countsheep Reply:

    Got it fixed. Have another try.

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    anatoly Reply:

    Thank you very much! Now it works ^^

    dnshope Reply:

    Thanks very much!

  37. tchengvincent says:

    Hello, have been trying to access the 2 latest videos. After password input, no video is showing. Any idea what went wrong? Thanks

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    countsheep Reply:

    I replied you via email. Check it.

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  38. DoubleD says:

    Is there a way to run these on an iPad or Android tablet? After you start it on a computer you can click on the Vimeo link in the video and switch between flash and non-flash players, but on a tablet it seems to want to start in flash and can’t get past that.

    DD

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  39. bass-mole says:

    I liked the new joseki variations, very helpful since I ran into them recently.
    I hope you can show more Japanese games, I thought the first game of the 38th Tengen finals was very interesting and influental game for example.

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  40. diego says:

    Excellent commentary, I’ll have to watch this one a few times, thank you.

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  41. DoubleD says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m sure I speak for the community in offering our sympathy and understanding. Videos can wait, please take what time you need for yourself and your family.

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    paypal Reply:

    Yes, I agree (a notice that a family member of countsheep has died is only visible to people who sign in). We will all look forward to the next one but please take as long as you want before you restart.

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    bass-mole Reply:

    I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure everyone understands the delay, take the time you need.

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  42. gilliswestrin says:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. I also not too long ago lost my father and I really feel with you. As the others here say, please wait with your videos for now. Its better if you take the time that you need.

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  43. noamkos says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your father: I wish you all the best in this difficult moment.

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  44. kemist87 says:

    Lee – Wang video is amazing! A lot of technic stuff, so much to learn. Thank you!

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  45. tristankraus says:

    the videos on this site don’t work (tried both safari w/out flash player and chrome with google flash plugin). i can copy the link from the source code, but that’s a pain in the a**. please fix it or find a way to let people subscribe directly on vimeo.

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