Archive for January, 2008

Cho evens the score in the Kisei title: 1-1

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Cho Chikun forced the Kisei title owner, Yamashita Keigo, to resign in game 2. The score is now 1-1.

Cho Chikun

You can find the game record on the tournament page.

Kisei Game 2, Day 1

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Kisei title, game 2: day one is over:

Kisei 2008, Game 2, Day 1

The action so far was all in the upper-right corner, where they played some variation of the very complex Magic Sword of Muramasa Joseki. Cho Chikun plays White and sealed the last move of this first day. The real fight will start tomorrow (and end tomorrow, as well).

Female Myeongin Prizegiving Ceremony

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Rui Naiwei and Cho Hye Yeon at the Female Myeongin prizegiving ceremony:

Rui Naiwei and Cho Hye Yeon

I already wrote an entry about the final. Also, a reminder that Cho Hye Yeon has a very nice English blog. She is actually the only professional player who keeps an updated blog in English – thank you for that, Hye Yeon! To point to just a few of her recent entries: there is an entry about the mirror-Go strategy, one about what is to be insei in Korea, and one about a decline in Go / Baduk popularity in Korea.

Video interview with Cristian Pop

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
I found a video interview with Cristian Pop (Solaris on KGS). The random Go videos page was recently added, and as I found this interview by chance while browsing through the videos I thought it may be a nice addition to my own interview with Cristian for those of you who want to know him better. By the way, both the “random Go photo” and “random Go video” pages are automatically generated from photos, respectively videos tagged with Go / Baduk / Weiqi related terms; as such, they may or may not be really related to the “Game of Go”; sometimes people tag some trip photo “baduk” just because it was taken during a tournament, for instance, even if there is no trace of Go board in it :-)

No goban? No problem!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Discovered via the new random Go / Weiqi / Baduk photos page. Original link here.

Lee Sedol wins Samsung Cup 2-1 against Park Yeonghun

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

The game record below is from the third round which just ended: Lee Sedol won by 1.5 points, in a game in which Park Yeonghun seemed to have a slight lead when yose started. The variations are the ones I found on the Cyberoro server, where the game was broadcast live.

Update: Thank you Nexik for pointing out to what looks like a variation that shows Park’s last chance to win the game, and thank you Smurf for pointing out to the fact that has a commentary of this game by Yoo ChangHyuk in their sample section (look for “[Sample Game] 12th Samsung Cup final game 3: Park YuongHoon vs Lee Sedol.”).

Rui Naiwei won Female Myeongin against Cho Hyeyeon

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
Jujo is watching the game analysis of the second and final game in Female Myeongin: his wife, Rui Naiwei, won by 0.5 points against the challenger Cho Hyeyeon and kept her title.

Game record here.

Baduk in the British Museum in London

Sunday, January 20th, 2008
I found the following very interesting photo on flickr:

This photo was apparently taken in the British Museum in London (Korean room), and it has the following text next to it:
Wooden paduk board and pieces made of shell and stone Choson Dynasty, 18th-19th century Played mainly by men, this game is also popular in other Far Eastern countries, where it is known as weiqi or go. The Korean paduk board is unique in being hollow, with an arrangement of wires stretched inside which makes it resonate when a piece is moved on top of the board. There are 324 squares on the board but the game is played on the intersections, not in the spaces. There are many Korean paintings depicting Korean aristocrats (yangban) whiling away the hours playing paduk in a small summer pavilion.
You can find the photo on and here are more flickr .com photos by the same author (Julio Martinez). Now I wonder what the position is Рanyways it looks quite realistic, unlike the one in a previous blog entry. Update: Many thanks to Jordi Jan̩ who sent me a photo of the same item but from a different angle, so I was able to write the whole text from the museum explanation above:

Here is also a link to a much larger photo version.

Funny Fuseki

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
I found by chance this photo of an Asian ad (the ad is for a Chinese resort, but I am not sure if it is displayed in Japan or in China). What is really strange is that even in Asia they would make up (almost) random positions when Go / Baduk /Weiqi boards are displayed:

Unless the position is that high and unusual on purpose and the ad has some very deep message, but I somehow doubt that :-)

(Here is the source of the photo).

Bobby Fischer Passed Away

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Chess genius Bobby Fischer, the first American to beat ex-Soviet Union in World Chess Championship (in early 70-ties), passed away 2 days ago.

Fischer was a wonder-kid in chess. The story of his life is a sad one after he refused to defend his World Chess title, then gradually became paranoid and was on the run from the American authorities, who tried to prosecute him for breaking the embargo with Yugoslavia. While this news doesn’t have any relation to Go, I mentioned it because Chess was my obsession before I learned Go. The difference is that I never played in a Chess tournament, but I used to read a lot of books about Chess; not so much technical books (those too), but more anecdotal ones about the lives of grandmasters, about world championships, etc. One of my favorite books at that time was called something like “The match of the century” and it described in great journalistic detail the match that made Fischer famous, when he challenged and defeated Boris Spassky. Fischer was may hero when I was a kid…