After his unsuccessful attempt to capture the Kisei title from Yamashita, Cho’s last chance to hold a major title during 2008 is to defend his Judan title. (Cho defended the Judan title against Yamashita in 2007 – you can read last year’s title report on 361points.com). Next game will be played on April 3rd. (Links to the games: game 1 game 2)
Archive for March, 2008
There are a couple of vintage Go sets on ebay: an Australian made set from 1950:
(interestingly, the stones are Black and… Green – presumably for camouflage purposes )
… and an US made set from 1951:
None of the above are quite as old as the British Museum Go set, but may be interesting to collectors.
By the way of Go sets: for those of you interested in purchasing a Go set, 361points.com has a page with links to the main vendors and buying sources
The game became most violent in the second half, when Cho tried (unsuccessfully) to turn the tables after Yamashita took territorial advantage around move 136. (Link to the tournament page)
The rest of the game tomorrow will decide who will hold the top Japanese Go title this year. (Link to the game record)
And the next photo shows Lee Sedol (who is seeded directly into the 2nd round, against Ding Wei) studying the game between Mok Jinseok of Korea and Zhou Junxun of Taiwan (Mok won by 5.5 points). There is also another professional player next to him (can anybody recognize him?) studying tsume-go.
Yamashita’s early attack in the upper right during day 1 and the resulted thickness in the center didn’t pay off in the end, though: Cho’s territory prevailed so the Kisei title is going all the way to the 7th game! The following diagram shows what happened after Yamashita’s attack in the upper-right ended: Black took profit on the left side (although the captured White stones still have aji), but White also became very strong in the lower-left. Also, White’s kikashi with 72 is put to good use later, when White cuts with 94.
(Link to the title page)
(Link to the Kisei Title page, including game records)
“Fuseki theory is developing very quickly and it’s getting harder and harder to follow it.”a. Go Seigen b. TheCaptain c. Cho Chikun d. Yoda Norimoto c. Tartrate d. Lee Sedol e. Rui Naiwei ? (Update) Answer: d. Lee Sedol declared that in a recent interview. I think this is amazing: Lee Sedol is the top player in recent international tournaments – so if fuseki is hard for him, what should the rest of us do… I used to think at some point that fuseki doesn’t really matter for us amateurs, since most games are lost in the middle game fights. That is very wrong: fuseki is the foundation of the whole game, so it should be treated very seriously. If one’s foundation is not solid, the rest of the game will suffer too.