Three YouTube Baduk Stars


The world of online baduk has been blessed recently with the appearance of three outstanding YouTube personalities: Andrew Jackson (4d), Nick Sibicky (4d), and Lee Haijin (3p).  Each channel offers something different. Both Jackson and Sibicky lecture at the Seattle Go Center for single-digit and double-digit kyus respectively. Their lessons focus on everything from basic tactics to higher-level techniques, such as not helping an opponent make shape.

Lee takes a different tack. Posting as Haylee L., Lee, a Korean professional with the International Go Federation, records herself playing baduk and thinking out loud. Her purpose is to open the mind of a professional player to viewers. Anecdotally, commenters attribute their improvements of one or two stones to watching Lee’s videos. There is nothing quite like Lee’s channel elsewhere on the internet – it is a real treat for baduk players everywhere.

As of this writing, Jackson has 44 single-digit kyu classes posted. Sibicky clocks in at more than 140 double-digit kyu lectures. Lee just celebrated her 100th video. Aside from multi-part lectures, such as Sibicky’s series on fuseki, viewers can jump around these channels without risking continuity issues.

Through their combined efforts, these three YouTube personalities have made a valuable contribution to baduk players of all ranks and abilities. Even considering that, at times, I do not understand the material, my own experience has been uniformly positive. I also do not seem to be alone. Based on the ratings and comments these videos receive, their producers should be encouraged, and I hope that this groundswell of support inspires Jackson, Sibicky, and Lee to continue their outstanding work.

Studying With Daily Pro Go

This week I discovered Daily Pro Go (DPG), a Tumblr blog that posts professional baduk game records each day. The site is simple and easy to navigate. DPG maintains an archive of games they’ve published and their “about” page links to useful resources for studying professional games – including this essay, this video, and this article.

Amateurs (like me) will struggle to understand the reasoning behind professional moves, but replaying these games will help develop a feeling for good shape and the flow of the stones. With practice these master games should become more comprehensible. For this reason, I recommend following DPG on Twitter and delving into its archives.