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(free) Apps for Go Problems (Tsumego/Life & Death)

different times newbees freshly registrating on Go servers like OGS or KGS come up with the question about sources for Tsumego training…. part of Go problems (life & death) – http://senseis.xmp.net/?LifeAndDeath

specificly about Tsumego… http://senseis.xmp.net/?Tsumego%2FTraining

Training Tsumegos helps to keep (or get) your Go mind flexible, it gives beginners an understanding how stones and moves can collaborate to neutralize attacks threatening enclosed groups and help a deeper (pre-)reading about tricky situtations.

Just playing wont give a beginner a deeper feeling and idea about what an opponent with higher skills might use a set of stones or single moves, tools like KO or Seki to kill or less neutralize a group especially beginners expected to be alive with.

There are great websites for Go problems, e.g. http://www.goproblems.com, http://www.ootakamoku.com and others (more links here:http://senseis.xmp.net/?ProblemsAndExercises ).

Personally I prefer apps on a smartphone, as you can have some nice **Tsuemgo problems** with you, e.g. as “Go problem of the day”.

Here some I have installed. Personally I use a Samsung Galaxy with Android. All apps are cost free !

– First of all my favorite, its Wbaduk with more than 2,000 problems. You get access to this hugeTsuemgo database with a cost free online account too ( http://www.wbaduk.com/ ) as on Wbaduk often are live streamed games of High Dan Professionals (e.g. Jubango 2014 with Gu Li and Lee Sedol).

Rec.: The 2,000 Tsumegos are structured in different difficulty levels and for grades (kyu and dans)…
wbaduk-2 wbaduk-1

Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wbaduk

– My 2nd favorite is Tsumego Pro (Go Problems). It delivers for every day 6 new Tsuemgo problems, “easy”, “medium” and hevy” (each 2). Lots of fun to take these challenges…
Tsumego ProGo Problems0   Tsumego ProGo Problems1

Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.lrstudios.android.tsumego_workshop

– Shortly installed ANDROID GO Problems, so yet I have no deeper experience with… the menue isnt immediatelly to understand. So needs some “try and error” clicks to understand the function.
Android-Go-problems Android-Go-Problems-2

Download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newhuman.android.goproblems&hl=en

Go Free is the most exotic design (very traditionally), inclusive a GO computer (not the best like Zen or Crazystone) on different board sizes (19×19, 13×13, 9×9)
GoFree2 GoFree1
Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.gofree&hl=en

– Another app is simple named Tsumego, but I have some troubles to handle it well. Maybe its just my personal expectation. I expect from an app, that I can understand the menu intuitively, and not reading lots of “thick handbooks”.
tsumego1  tsumego2  tsumego3
Download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.goro.tsumego

There are some more Go apps you can find on Google Play for playing and training Go, e.g. WeGoLite, ElyGolite, Hactar Go Lite, Go Joseki, Go Tesjui, Go strategic move or Online Go. Give it a try and feedback about (+) and (-)

If you know about other apps, e.g. for iPhones (iTunes), feel free to post it in this thread. 🙂Have fun with GO !


About LinuxGooo

I am a real Go Beginner… but I like to learn and have fun with. And I fell in love with playing for influence (mainly San-RenSei fuseki, Cosmic style) as white and black. … 26th Jan 2014 I started on KGS (as 6-7kyu since Sept), another global GO Server on the web. On 4th March 2014 I registrated on OGS (Online Go Server). In July I began to play on Korean servers, on Tygem (10kyu) and on Wbaduk (11kyu). If possible by time, I like to have reviews and analysis of my games, which helps to progress (beside observing/Kibitzing Dan games). – My special thanks go to different KGS teachers/players for audio lectures and individual reviews: Dsaun (N.Y.), Battusai, TapJoshua (4D), Troll (2D), MXHero (5D), Shygost (3D), Mingjiu Jiang (7P)… not to forget all the other KGS players who offered me their knowledge and shared their personal experiences. My special tks go to Dsaun for his audio lecture “Shape” (on 22nd Febr 2014) which was the first step into a systemtical learning. Currently I study with www.321go.org and with the first GO book: “Graded Go Problems for Beginners” (Vol. 1-4) by Kano Yoshinori. Volume 1: Introductory Problems Volume 2: Elementary Problems VOlume 3: Intermediate Problems Volume 4: Advanced Problems For individual “offline training” I experimented with and use different bot programmes: Aya 6.34 (1k), Oakfoam GNU Go 3.8 and Zenith 4.4. better known as Zen (5k-5D) (Rec.: Running these bots I use as front end (Goban) Drago.) For editing/rediting SGF files the programme MultiGo 4 is suitable. Have fun behind the board…


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